Google set to lose comms and public affairs chief Peter Barron
He will leave the business in March after nearly a decade.
Google head of communications and public affairs for the EMEA region Peter Barron is to leave the technology giant.
The former BBC journalist will depart next month and is reportedly taking time out to convert a barn in Spain.
He told Google colleagues in an email yesterday: "I want to say thank-you to every one of you for the truly wonderful and unexpected experience I've had at Google. It has been an immense privilege to work with you over the years. You are the most talented and committed team I've ever worked with and I know you'll continue to thrive.
"Having spent the last week with Sundar [Pichai, Google's CEO] and the other leaders in Davos I also feel great optimism both about Google's future and about the positive role of technology more generally - despite all the obvious challenges. I know that as a team you are very well set for the campaign ahead."
Barron joined the firm as UK, Ireland and Benelux comms director in 2008. He was previously editor of the BBC’s Newsnight programme and previously worked for ITV and Channel 4 News.
During his time at Google, Barron had to repeatedly defend the firm against criticism of its tax affairs and over the issue of hate speech and terrorist content appearing on social media.
In March 2017, Barron was among a trio of senior executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google who appeared before the home affairs select committee.
Barron’s departure was first reported by the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan. In a statement, Google's EMEA president Matt Brittin said: "Peter has been an inspiring and valued colleague, friend and leader who is highly regarded both inside and outside Google. He has been an important part of all the big moments for Google in the last ten years. We will miss him and we wish him all best in his next endeavours."