Google Australia's managing director has been given the nod to take over the online giant's mobile business and mobile ads strategy.
Karim Temsamani will finish up his tenure at the Australian office in September to take on the new role at Google's head office in Mountain View, California from 1 October.
“The past three years working with the Google Australia and New Zealand team have been extraordinary and I’m excited to take on a new challenge at Google," he said in a statement. "There’s no doubt that the future of the Internet is mobile and I look forward to playing a greater part in this fast growing and exciting business."
Temsamani has been at the helm as Google created a significant impact on the Australian ICT landscape including growing its workforce to 400 locally, being at the centre of a privacy storm as the company was criticised over its collection of Wi-Fi data, and overseeing the birth and death of Wave among other things.
Temsamani was also vocal in supporting the move to review the Federal Government's controversial mandatory ISP-level internet filter.