An Israeli Google executive has been named as the new vice president of the technological giant.
Meir Brand, who has been CEO of Google Israel since 2005, was promoted last week to VP of the company, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.
Google, which last year was reorganized as the holding company Alphabet Inc. by Jewish co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, is one of the world’s largest technology companies and specializes in online advertising, search, and cloud computing, among other fields.
Google has been an active investor in Israel in recent years, most notably through its purchase of the popular Israeli-made GPS app Waze, which it purchased in 2013. Google also has a large research and development center in Israel.
Brand will remain CEO of Google Israel, and will also continue to serve as a board member and director of Google’s EMEA Emerging Markets (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa).
According to the Israeli business daily Globes, Brand was the first employee at Google Israel when it was established in 2005, and subsequently become CEO.
In his role as director of Google’s EMEA Emerging Markets, Brand was responsible for a number of countries with a population of over one billion people between them, including all of the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Turkey, and Greece.
Prior to joining Google, Brand worked at Israeli companies Excite@Home, ICQ, and Microsoft Israel, according his Linkedin profile. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tel Aviv University and a master’s degree from Harvard Unvirsity.
Brand has praised Google for its management style, saying that the company gives a large degree of independence to its local branches, which he said allows them to act like large start ups and in turn be able to be leaders in innovation.