Jill Hazelbaker, the Googler who heads up communications and government relations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is heading to Snapchat. The ephemeral messaging app snagged the exec to lead communications and policy amidst its expansion.
“Very excited to join the team at Snapchat — and thankful for my years at Google,” Hazelbaker said in an email to Recode confirming the move.
She was previously the senior director of corporate communications and public affairs at Google headquarters, and has worked on the campaigns of Michael Bloomberg (for re-election as mayor of New York) and John McCain (for president). Research from The Harvard Business Review found Hazelbaker to be not only the youngest senior executive in the Fortune 100, but also the fastest-advancing.
As to how she moved so quickly up the ranks, Hazelbaker told HBR: “I think life generally rewards risk takers, and I’ve always been willing to take risks and move for the right opportunities. Fearlessness is important, too.”
She starts at Snapchat next month.
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