Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Google Loses Rock Star CIO to EMI Music

Douglas Merrill, Google CIO and VP of engineering, has accepted a new gig: president of digital at struggling EMI Music, home of the Beatles and former home of Radiohead.

So who's Douglas Merrill?

As Caroline McCarthy of The Social noted in this very funny exhange: "Doug Merrill is leaving Google." "Doug who?" "The Google exec who looks liike Ethan from Lost." "Ohhhh."

As only the second senior executive to leave Google, Merrill and his departure won't cause a panic in the Googleplex Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was the first senior exec to leave Google. As the former VP global sales and operations, Sandberg, who left last month, is tackling a major problem that Google's largest social search competitor hasn't solved: monetization.

Not that EMI doesn't have problems of its own. Widespread piracy has taken its toll on sales and the company's future appears to hinge on offering free music downloads supported by ad revenue with all-you-can-eat iTunes.

Will EMI be able to retain its top talent? That may be a tougher challenge than Google faces.

When Ms. Sandberg left, we noted that Google has a deep bench:

While Ms. Sandberg will be missed at Google, the company boasts a strong executive bench

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