It's just been announced internally that Dennis Woodside will succeed Tim Armstrong as the head of sales for Google (NSDQ: GOOG) following the ad vet's appointment as chairman and CEO of AOL (NYSE: TWX). Armstrong (still on the Google corporate site) was a principal architect of the search companby's sales operation; most recently he was president, The Americas Operations, & SVP. Woodside will be VP-Americas Operations, reporting to Omid Kordestani, SVP-Global Sales & Business Development. The transition will take place over the next few weeks; Armstrong, in fact, is still listed on the Google corporate site. Woodside has been at Google for more than five years, most recently as VP for the UK, Ireland and Benelux.
Kordestani told the staff: "While we are all sorry to see Tim move on, change always brings new opportunities. We believe it's now time not just to roll-out globally the best practices from the different regional sales teamsthe Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacificbut also to tailor our business strategies more closely to the different situations we face in different countries (more mature versus less mature markets)."
Some of what he had to say about Woodside, who is a triathlete: "In the five and a half years that Dennis has been at Google (that's over half our company's lifetime) he's brought incredible integrity and entrepreneurialism to everything he's done. I remember Dennis setting off from Mountain View in 2005, a year and a half after he joined, to start our direct sales operations in Eastern Europe, which he quickly transformed into a substantial part of our business. He also set up our Inside Sales Operations in Dublin - again building it from scratch. In September 2006, he became our Vice President for the UK, Ireland and Benelux where he's helped to create a first class team as well as establish very positive relationships with our big partners on both the advertiser and agency side, including 02, Marks & Spencer, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) and Omnicom."
More to come.
By Staci D. Kramer