Chief of Google Australia Nick Leeder to lead Google France

Last week, Google France head Jean-Marc Tassetto (53) resigned to go work in an e-learning startup, according to a Google statement. He had worked for the company 3 years, starting in October 2010. The Australian press reported that his successor will be Australian Nick Leeder.

Leeder is currently chief of Google Australia and New Zealand. He is bilingual (English and French) and is married to a Frenchwoman.  Leeder is also a former executive at The Australian and News Digital Media – which will probably come in handy when dealing with the French publishers.

Google recently announced a € 60 million innovation fund to finance innovative media projects, which was essentially a payoff to the French publishers to make the threat of anti-Google litigation – or worse: anti-Google legislation go away.

Facebook and Twitter are still looking for executives to head their French subsidiaries.


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