Top Google Engineer Decamps for EMI Music

Engineering VP is the second senior exec to jump ship in two months
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2008 11:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A top Google engineer has signed on to help guide EMI Music through a restructuring, in the wake of its acquisition by after private equity firm Terra Firma, reports the New York Times. Douglas Merrill, Google’s VP of engineering, will become president of digital at the world’s fourth-largest music company.

Merrill is the second senior Google exec to leave in two months. “We have a deep bench,” a company spokesman said. But experts worry the company may be losing a little of its culture and entrepreneurial energy as it grows.