Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Google Hires White House Economist as Policy Chief
Google says it has appointed former White House economist Caroline Atkinson as its global public policy chief.
Atkinson has been President Obama's representative at the G7 and G20 summits and coordinated U.S. policy on global economics.
Atkinson was the IMF’s director of external relations from November 2008 until July 2011, when she joined the White House. Prior to that, she was the fund’s deputy director for the Western Hemisphere. Before joining the IMF in 2005, she had a two-year stint as a senior director at investor consultancy Stonebridge International LLC in Washington.
She worked four years at the Treasury Department under former president Bill Clinton, as senior deputy assistant for international affairs, and worked with Timothy Geithner when he was undersecretary for international affairs.
A one-time columnist for the Washington Post newspaper, Atkinson was a special adviser for financial stability at the Bank of England from 1994 to 1996. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.
She replaces Rachel Whetstone, who before Google worked as an adviser to U.K. prime minister David Cameron. Whetstone joined Uber as senior vice president of policy and communications last May.
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