Google chief information officer Douglas Merrill is joining EMI, according to press reports quoting EMI insiders. Merril’s departure, the third executive loss for Google in less than a week, has been confirmed by the search engine. Merril will reportedly become president of EMI’s digital unit and will be based in Los Angeles.
Merril was one of Google’s 50 keys executive, holding direct line accountability for all internal engineering and support. In his profile on the firm’s site he is said to have played a major role in Googles 2004 IPO.
He joined the search engine in 2003 as a senior director of information systems, having served as a senior vice president at financial firm Charles Schwab.
Last week, Google’s director of social media Ethan Beard left the search engine to join Facebook. At the same time, Last.fm announced it hired another Google exec, head of strategy F Scott Woods, as senior VP and managing director of its new German branch.