Google names new Australian boss

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Google names new Australian boss

Pellegrino takes reins from Carnegie.

Google Australia has appointed its sales chief Jason Pellegrino as its new managing director across Australia and New Zealand following the departure of Maile Carnegie to ANZ Bank.

Pellegrino joined Google in late 2008 and has served in numerous sales executive positions in the almost eight years since. In the last two years Pellegrino worked as the head of sales operations and strategy for A/NZ.

His previous experience includes stints in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and sales and marketing at Pepsi, KPMG, and LEK Consulting.

Pellegrino ran Google's local operations for several months in mid-2013 following the departure of former MD Nick Leeder, before Carnegie won the role permanently in August.

He will start in his new position later this month. 

Pellegrino fills a role left vacant by Carnegie's departure to ANZ Bank earlier this year to head up its digital banking. She spent three years at the helm of the search giant locally.

Google Australia this week revealed it had restructured its operations to now include its lucrative advertising business locally following a government crackdown on multinational tax avoidance.

It means an expected $2 billion+ business will now be counted on Google's Australian books; the local operation has historically existed to provide sales and marketing services to Google Singapore and Google Ireland and to provide research and development for Google globally.

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