SAN FRANCISCO — Corey duBrowa is leaving Salesforce after less than a year to join Google as VP of global communications and public affairs — a position that opened when Jessica Powell left the company

Like his predecessor, DuBrowa will report directly to  Google CEO Sundar Pichai and oversee a team of more than 200 people worldwide. Powell, who left Google last September, was considered a close advisor to Pichai. Mike Nelson, who held the role on an interim basis, will return to leading product communications. DuBrowa joins on April 30.  

At Salesforce, DuBrowa's deputy SVP Gina Sheibley will be the interim communications head during the search for his replacement. DuBrowa joined Salesforce last July after a seven-year stint at Starbucks and was the first communications head at the company to report directly into CEO Marc Benioff. 

In less than a year, he made some significant changes. Most notably, under his tenure, Salesforce consolidated its seven-figure US product and corporate with Zeno Group, displacing longtime incumbent Nectar Communications. DuBrowa's last day at Salesforce is Friday.

Jane Hynes, who led communications at Salesforce for 14 years before DuBrowa joined, went to Google last fall as senior director of communications for its cloud business. 

"I'm thrilled to join Google and excited to work with Sundar, and such a great comms team, at a truly exciting moment for the company," DuBrowa said.