40 Under 40 2020 | Johnny Luu, Google Health, 36

40 Under 40 2020 | Johnny Luu, Google Health, 36

Johnny Luu has already traveled very far in his young career. The native Australian, who is a child of refugees, now resides in San Francisco and has proven an ideal fit for bringing Google’s most ambitious and complex projects into view.

At Waymo, Google parent Alphabet’s autonomous driving technology development company, Luu shaped near- and long-term strategies to establish and maintain its reputation as a leader in a highly competitive space.

At Project Loon, an Alphabet subsidiary that uses high-altitude balloons to provide internet access to rural and remote areas, Luu launched the initiative, crafted the narrative and even found farmers in rural New Zealand to be its first pilot users.

Moreover, on numerous Google programs, he often started as a one-man shop and was tasked with building a team from the ground up.

Luu’s current role as head of global communications and public affairs, which he assumed in February, immediately placed him at the heart of the fight against COVID-19.

Google Health drives multiple efforts to use technology to combat the pandemic. He not only works hand in hand with engineers, data scientists and health experts, but his counsel is also often sought by those leaders. One example is Google Community Mobility Reports, for which he provided public health officials insights into the impact of social distancing.

Luu continues to squash any doubts about the broad role comms can play in solving major global challenges.

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