Diana Marszalek 23 Feb 2021 // 12:13AM GMT
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA —Google has expanded its senior communications team, hiring Dropbox CCO Lin-Hua Wu as VP of communications and promoting senior director Meenu Handa as head of Asia-Pacific.
Wu, who joined Dropbox as chief communications officer in 2016, will take on a newly-created role at Google as global VP that puts internal and external communications for a range of the company's business units under her watch.
Her remit covers search, ads, commerce, geo, payments and NBU (Next Billion Users), which have been housed together under search head Prabhakar Raghavan since a company reorganization last June. Wu also will also handle comms for Google’s global business organization.
Wu brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, including nearly five years leading Dropbox’s comms. Before that, she was Square’s head of corporate communications and a Brunswick Group partner. At Google, Wu will be one of a handful of VPs that are part of the company's 400+ communications team.
Handa, who joined Google in 2016, has been named head of APAC global communications & public affairs. Most recently a corporate communications senior director, Singapore-based Handa has held a number of roles since she started with the company as director of corporate communications for India. Before that, she launched Amazon’s corporate comms function in India.
"I’m thrilled to be able to add Meenu and Lin to Google comms senior leadership team,” said Corey du Browa, Google’s global comms and public affairs leader. “Meenu is a great example of top talent moving internally on our team and Lin a great example of bringing in fresh and seasoned experience to Google, in a new capacity. Our team will be hugely benefited by their appointments."
The leadership appointments come amid other changes in Google’s comms function, which includes Wu and Handa’s predecessors advancing into positions in other business units. Chi Hea Cho — who led Google’s ads, commerce and GBO comms for the last four years — has taken a new strategy role working directly with Google business leaders Raghavan and Philipp Schindler. Annie Baxter Lewin, whom Handa succeeds, has been named senior director of global advocacy, a newly created APAC role.