Google’s Australian managing director, Karim Temsamani, has been promoted within the company and will soon leave Australia.
According to a spokesperson for the company, the departure is a ‘good news story’ and Temsamani is definitely staying within the search giant’s umbrella. He was appointed managing director in late 2007.
Temsamani will now be Google's head of global mobile sales from October 1, but his replacement in Australia has not been named.
"The past three years working with the Google Australia and New Zealand team have been extraordinary and I’m excited to take on a new challenge at Google," he said in a statement. "There’s no doubt that the future of the Internet is mobile and I look forward to playing a greater part in this fast growing and exciting business."
He follows in the footsteps of Google Australia’s former media spokesperson and front man, Rob Shilkin, who capped a relatively successful stint in Australia with a promotion to New York, USA, without leaving the company.
Temsamani previously held senior positions with other Australian media companies. He was Commercial and Group Magazine Director at Fairfax Media from 2002 to 2007 and vice-president and publisher at Time Inc.
The managing director oversaw Australian Google operations during a relatively strong period for the company, which opened its latest headquarters in Sydney last year.
But the last few months have seen it at loggerheads with the Australian Government over the accidental downloading of wireless data during StreetView operations.
The search giant apologised to the Australian Government after cooperating with the then Australian Privacy Commissioner, Karen Curtis.