Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Amid staff tensions, Google's HR chief steps down

Amid staff tensions, Google's HR chief steps down

But she has been with the company for 14 years and has served in human resources over the past four of those.

Her position over the last two years surely was a hard one, with Google being embroiled in various management-employee confrontations.

Google confirmed on February 10 that head of human resources Eileen Naughton was stepping down from her job as "vice president of people operations" at the internet company. She has also previously served as managing director of media strategy and operations for the Americas.

Later in 2019, tensions grew so much that some employees believed Google was spying on its own staff in an effort to weed out troublemakers, something that he company categorically denied.

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During Naughton's tenure, she helped develop Google's personnel greater than 65% to nearly 119,000 globally.

In 2018, Google employees gathered at its campuses located around the world, especially at Mountain View, California, to protest against itsalleged mishandling of workplace sexual harassment cases. "Over the past 13 years, Eileen has made major contributions to the company in numerous areas, from media partnerships, to leading our sales and operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, to leading our People Operations team through a period of significant growth - during which over 70,000 people started their careers at Google", Pichai said. Four of them raised considerations with the National Labor Relations Board, which is now conducting an investigation. Since then, a number of employees have expressed how they have been treated harshly by Google for voicing their concerns.

Who will be the new HR Head at Google?

She has been working at Google since 2006, assuming different roles over time. And she is going to lend a hand Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and CFO Ruth Porat in finding a substitute. They plan that search to take place both within Google's ranks and outside of the company.

"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.

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