Mountain View, California - October 25, 2005 - In a move that may indicate the enormous importance of the Chinese Internet search engine market, Google Inc., has hired respected business leader Johnny Chou to establish and lead Google's sales and business development operations in Greater China.
Mr. Chou joins Google as President, Sales and Business Development, Greater China. As President, Chou will be responsible for building Google's sales and channel businesses, and expanding the company's strategic partnerships in the region.
Mr. Chou comes to Google from UT Starcom, where he was President of the company's China Operations for the past 9 years, and brings over 20 years of diverse business management experience to Google.
In addition to the appointment of Mr. Chou, Google recent hired of Dr. Kai-Fu Lee to help grow the Chinese marekt. The hires are seen as a reflection of Google's commitment to the Chinese market. Kai-Fu Lee and Johnny Chou will jointly oversee Google's overall operations. Chou will lead Google's sales and business development activities while Dr. Kai-Fu Lee will spearhead Google's public affairs and the creation of the company's research and development center.
According to Omid Kordestani, Senior Vice President of Google's Worldwide Sales and Field Operations, ''The leadership and experience that Johnny Chou brings to Google will be an invaluable asset to Google's plans for developing its business operations in China. Johnny Chou has a proven track record of leading businesses to success in the complex Chinese market and will accelerate our efforts to establish Google's operations in China.''
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