MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Google has named Elliot Schrage vice president of global communications and public affairs. Schrage will join the company’s senior management team and report to Google chief executive officer Eric Schmidt with responsibility for managing relations between the company and various stakeholders around the world.
Schrage joins Google from the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, where he was the Bernard L. Schwarz Senior Fellow in Business and Foreign Policy, and an advisor to global corporations on issues relating to corporate social responsibility. Prior to that, Schrage directed global affairs for Gap as senior vice president and was managing director of the New York office of the public affairs and communications consulting firm Clark & Weinstock.
“Elliot Schrage’s experience and demonstrated commitment to transparency and global corporate citizenship will be an asset to Google as we continue to grow and explore new opportunities around the world,” says Schmidt.
The company has been expanding its communications efforts in recent months as it takes on several new initiatives and facing the prospect of stepped up competition from Microsoft in its core search business. Its effort to digitize thousands of books for online search has attracted criticism from authors and publishers.