Google's HR Lead Eileen Naughton Decided To Step Down

Daniel Fowler
February 13, 2020

Google human resources chief Eileen Naughton is set to step aside this year amid growing activism of the company's employees. In late 2018, the company confirmed that it had fired as many as 48 of its employees over such claims. Those have been based out of a wide range of divisions, from Google's Mountain View headquarters to London and NY.

According to her statement, she has mentioned that she has chose to move to NY to be closer to her family.

Naughton had been with Google since 2006 and had spent the last four years working as vice president of people operations.

Naughton said in her own statement that she is leaving the role for family reasons: "My husband and I have decided-after six years on the road, first in London and now San Francisco-to return home to NY to be closer to our family". Ms. Naughton indicates that she will be assisting in that search for a new lead for Google's "people operations team". That makes some sense - Google's important places of work are in Mountain View, California, and it's doable that People Operations wouldn't be as efficient run remotely.

Naughton said he would work with Pichai and financial director Ruth Porat to find a successor.

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"We are grateful to Eileen for everything she has done and we look forward to her next chapter on Google", said Sundar Pichai, head of Google and her parent company Alphabet, in a statement.

As per global news agency, one of the employees was connected to a petition condemning Google for working with the American customs as well as the border patrol agency which has also been involved in the US President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.

In recent years, the Google workplace has been disrupted by employee opposition to essential decisions ranging from forging contracts with the United States military to tailoring a version of the search engine for China.

Internal activism within Google increased after reports from the company offering billionaire compensation packages to employees accused of having inappropriate sexual intercourse.

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