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Google’s Sales VP Jon Kaplan Joins Pinterest

February 9, 2016 - Written By Kishalaya Kundu

Google has seen a lot of churn amongst its senior management over the past couple of years, and now, the company’s Vice President of Sales, Mr. Jon Kaplan, has become the latest to leave the tech major in search of greener pastures elsewhere. According to reports emerging out of Silicon Valley this Tuesday, Mr. Kaplan has joined Pinterest as its head of global sales – a position that fell vacant last year after Ms. Joanne Bradford, the former head of the company’s media and sales operations, left the company in June, after being assigned a lesser role within the organization. The latest report, meanwhile, has already been confirmed by both the companies in question.

At Pinterest, Mr. Kaplan’s immediate boss will be Mr. Tim Kendall, who happens to be the company’s head of monetization. Mr. Kendall was also Ms. Bradford’s boss when she was the head of media and sales at the San Francisco, CA-based internet company. Mr. Kaplan had been at Google for over a decade, having joined the tech giant back in 2003. He, however, is not the first executive hired by Pinterest who left Google to join the photo-sharing website. Former Pinterest operations head, Mr. Don Faul, was also somebody who left his position at Google to join the company back in 2012, but left last year citing personal reasons. Prior to joining Pinterest, Mr. Faul had also worked at Facebook as the company’s Vice President of sales.

The man who’ll be Mr. Kaplan’s immediate boss at Pinterest, Mr. Tim Kendall, released a statement welcoming Mr. Kaplan into the Pinterest fold. According to Mr. Kendall’s statement, “We’re excited to have Jon Kaplan join Pinterest. He has tremendous digital advertising experience and we’re looking forward to even stronger growth of our global ads platform under his leadership”. As for Google, the exit of Mr. Kaplan marks yet another instance of a senior executive leaving the company to seek newer opportunities. The steady exodus of high-level executives from the company include the likes of Mr. Paul Eremenko, who left for Boeing, Mr. Neal Mohan, who joined Dropbox, Mr. Omid Kordestani who assumed office at Twitter, Ms. Mary Lou Jepsen, who’s now with Oculus, Ms. Megan Smith, who took up a job in the public sector and Mr. Daniel Sturman, who’s working at Cloudera.