Google’s new Aussie MD:
Zero tech/media experience


blog This morning search advertising and technology giant Google appointed a new managing director for its Australia and New Zealand division, Maile Carnegie. Carnegie is a very seasoned executive with a few decades at consumer goods company Proctor & Gamble (P&G), with deep expertise especially in the marketing field. However, the executive appears to have little direct experience in either the technology or media industries, which is kind of where Google specialises. Google’s PR team tells us:

“Google has appointed Maile Carnegie as the new Country Director for Google Australia New Zealand, beginning July 15. Maile was P&G’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand for the past three years, and has spent 20+ years at P&G in roles across Australia, Singapore, and the United States. She replaces Nick Leeder, who is now Country Director for Google France.

Maile bio details: Maile joined P&G in 1992 and worked in the Australia/NZ Marketing team until 1999. She worked as a Marketing/Commercial Director in P&G’s Cincinnati head office between 1999 and 2006 where she ran a number of billion dollar North American and Global businesses.

Most recently Maile was based in Singapore where she ran P&G’s largest developing market beauty care business and was General Manager for Asia Strategy, Marketing & Design. She holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is on the advisory board of the University of Technology, Sydney.”

Look, we’re not going to say that Carnegie isn’t going to be good at this role; after all, running Google Australia mainly appears to consist of doing whatever Mountain View tells you, keeping the local advertising and marketing industry happy so it’ll continue to spend lots of money with Google, and leaving Google Australia’s engineering team to work on whatever it’s working on. Oh yes, and there’s the important role of keeping the Australian Taxation Office a little in the dark as the full extent of Google Australia’s revenue. It’s not as though Carnegie’s not qualified to do all this — the executive absolutely is. And Carnegie does have a great deal of deep experience in the marketing field specifically, although primarily on the client side at P&G (buying marketing solutions), rather than on the media side where Google lives (selling marketing solutions).

What we will say is that this appointment clearly lacks vision in our opinion. We’re sure the executive will do a good job for Google, but based on Carnegie’s track record (here’s her LinkedIn profile), we have to say we really doubt that the executive will be capable of taking considered thought leadership positions in Australia’s technology industry and perhaps the media industry on behalf of Google. And that’s a very sad thing indeed.

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  1. Google sells to marketers. You’re talking about someone with extensive marketing and management experience in one of the world’s largest companies.

    • You’re right Steven — Carnegie does have impeccable marketing and management experience. But I would note that, just as working in journalism does not mean you’re going to be a good PR, buying marketing solutions does not mean you are going to be good at selling them.

  2. While the MD may lack appropriate experience for the position at Internet gain Google, just have a think about how our elected leaders fare when it comes to actual experience in the portfolios they command or shadow. Most of them, if your lucky, have nothing more than a law degree and other than that, a bunch of mates in high places. Don’t pretend the same is not true in the corporate world.

  3. The Australian Google office – as with most other US tech companies – is a marketing and sales branch. Ergo you hire marketing and sales staff.

    Sure a token amount of tech work is delegated to the office – often for R&D tax breaks. But their number-one goal is to sell ad-space to the local market.

    For a marketing and sales office to higher a tech-heavy geek would be exactly wrong.

    And as with most branch offices of tech giants, the local staff have virtual zero control over the tech decisions made in Mountain View, so a geek would be utterly frustrated in such a job.

    (Having lived that life in the branch office of three US tech companies, I know this relationship be painfully pervasive).

    • One of the advantages of the Australian office as far as I have been able to determine is our timezone. I think our locals fit very well into the off-times for the other international branches.

      Which means our locals are pretty important for keeping Google running worldwide.

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