Head of Google’s Public Policy Operations Resigns

Head of Google’s Public Policy Operations Resigns
As Google is facing intensified interrogation of regulators and policy makers, Alan Davidson, who directs public policy operations for North America and South America, announced Monday that he would leave the company this month.

The departure of Mr. Davidson at a time when Google is facing a broad ranging antitrust investigation the Federal Trade Commission and days later the president of Google, Eric E. Schmidt presented the answers to the questions raised by the antitrust subcommittee's senators, before Mr. Schmidt said in September.

Mistique Cano, spokesman for Google, Google said it had not named a successor and had no imminent plans to do so. She said that Google had "a deep bench" of people who drive public policy, including Paul Chavez, director of public policy in the United States.

Mr. Davidson started Google's Washington office in 2005 as a one man operation. Previously, he was associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit group that advocates for an open Internet.

That significantly increased Google's lobbying efforts, building a robust Washington office and public policy teams in other cities. Google has invested $ 6 million on lobbying this year, the company said.

"After six and a half years, I have decided it is time to leave my current position in the company," Davidson wrote in an e-mail to employees of Google on Monday afternoon. "Starting later this month, I will take a year off to explore other opportunities."

In a statement, David C. Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, said: "Alan has done an extraordinary job in building the DC team and working on important policy issues facing the Internet and Google. We are grateful for everything he has done and wish him well . "
Head of Google’s Public Policy Operations Resigns

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