Diana Marszalek 12 Jan 2018 // 3:02AM GMT
SAN FRANCISCO — Bringing his second Google comms gig to an end, Gabriel Stricker has joined Niantic, the AR gaming company behind Pokémon Go, as its VP of communications.
Confirming his appointment in a tweet, Stricker said he was excited about working once again with Niantic CEO and founder John Hanke, with whom he worked at Google before Niantic was spun off into its own company.
Stricker comes most recently from Google Fiber, which he joined as VP of public policy and communications in 2015. Sticker's first stint at Google was from 2006-2012, during which he served as director of communications.
In between the two, he worked at Twitter, serving as the platform's chief communications officer.
Stricker’s departure comes during a tough time for Google Fiber, which, having not fulfilled its original goal of covering the country with high-speed internet access, has been in cost-cutting mode. Layoffs and the resignations of two CEOs are among recent personnel woes.