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Former US Ambassador Ted Osius to head Google’s APAC public policy

Ted Osius, a US diplomat and the former US Ambassador to Vietnam (2014-17), is joining Google as its VP of public policy and government relations for APAC from next month, reports Public Affairs Asia.

Osius has 30 years of government and private sector experience, including being an associate professor at the National War College and National Defense University and Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has advised the US government on Asia (including Vietnam, India, Korea and East Asia) and the environment.

Recent appointments at Google

  • In November, Google Cloud appointed Thomas Kurian, the former product chief at Oracle, to replace the outgoing CEO Diane Greene. Kurian came onboard on 26 November and is expected to take over in early 2019.
  • In September, Google India appointed Sajith Sivanandan as the head of payments and access service. This was amongst the four new appointments the company made: It also appointed Ambarish Kenghe as senior product director of Google Pay.

Google revenues Q3FY19

Google’s revenues increased by 24% YoY to $33.74 billion from $24.7 billion a year ago, for the quarter ended September 2018. Advertising revenues accounted for 86% of the total revenues. Google posted a profit of $9.1 billion in the quarter, as compared to $6.7 billion in the same quarter last year. In a call with investors, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat said that revenues were driven by Search, both mobile and Desktop, and YouTube.

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