Aarti Shah 05 Nov 2019 // 9:23PM GMT
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Google veteran Lily Lin has been promoted to VP of global communications and public affairs.
Lin, who reports to Mike Nelson, head of Google's product communications, will continue to oversee communications around devices, services and AI, while also providing counsel across all products, she told the Holmes Report. As part of the promotion, she also becomes part of Corey DuBrowa's leadership team and is one of five VPs, including DuBrowa, on Google's 400+ global communications team. (DuBrowa has been head of communications at Google since April 2018, reporting directly to CEO Sundar Pichai.)
Lin joined Google by way of its acquisition of Slide in 2010, where she had been director of communications since 2008. When she joined Google, she led communications around its Chrome business, including the browser, operating system and web platform. Shortly after, her remit expanded to Google Apps — including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Docs — and Google's Enterprise business.
Her promotion comes as Google is re-evaluating its expansive agency roster. Earlier this year, DuBrowa told the Holmes Report that he is reviewing the tech giant's 170+ PR agencies around the world, with an eye towards streamlining the roster around strategic counsel, execution and measurement. The Holmes Report has also reported that Google hired Edelman-owned tech agency Revere to handle consumer, measurement and media strategy work.