Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has quickly found a replacement for Douglas Merrill, the company's departing CIO, reports News.com. Benjamin Fried, a former managing director of Morgan Stanley's Application Infrastructure group, will assume the post in May. A Google spokesman confirmed the report. Merill announced last month that he would leave for a new post, created just for him, at record label EMI.
According to the report, Fried actually has experience with Google, having worked with the company on its 2004 IPO. A profile for Fried, which can be found here, suggests he'll fit right in at the company. He's done work alongside research labs CERN and NCSA, as well as NASA.
By Joseph Weisenthal