SAN FRANCISCO—Internet search engine giant Google has hired Jill Hazelbaker, former communications chief for John McCain's presidential campaign and Michael Bloomberg’s campaign for re-election as Mayor of New York. Hazelbaker will head up the company's corporate communications efforts, replacing Matt Furman, who is leaving for a senior corporate affairs position on the East Coast, according to reports.
Hazelbaker will report to Rachel Whetstone, Google's vice president for public policy and communications, who joined the company in 2005 with a background in political communications, primarily in Europe.
Hazelbaker was hired in 2006 to serve as New Hampshire communications director for McCain, and following a staff shakeup in the summer of 2007, she was promoted to national communications director, to be based out of Washington, D.C. In January of last year, she was hired by Bloomberg’s campaign and worked on a bipartisan team alongside Howard Wolfson, the former communications director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination.
Earlier, Hazelbaker served as a campaign spokeswoman for the 2006 U.S. Senate campaign of New Jersey Republican Thomas Kean.