Google Cloud makes four strategic major appointments to bolster EMEA regional growth

Google Cloud has appointed four new regional leads to further support its growing customer base within the EMEA region. Previously announced UK & Ireland Managing Director Pip White, will be joined by new regional vice presidents Daniel Holz for the Northern Europe and DACH Region and Samuel Bonamigo for the Southern region. Laurence Lafont is also joining as vice president of industries for the EMEA region outside of France. In addition, long term Googler Benjamin Faes will continue as managing director for Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, Middle East and Africa.

These new appointments follow in line with the company’s plans to evolve its EMEA organisation to meet customers and partners needs during, what  the company describes as a “continued period of accelerated growth.”

Google Cloud originally announced the appointment of Pip White in June this year. She joins from Salesforce with nearly two decades of experience and will be responsible for spearheading Google Cloud’s sales strategy across the UK and Ireland.

Daniel Holz joins the company as vice president of the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and Nordics region, following a 12-year stint at SAP Germany. He brings extensive experience having also spent time at IBM and Oracle and will oversee the ongoing development of customer-centric solutions and services in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. He will continue building the momentum of recent notable customer wins and partnerships, such as Lufthansa Group and Deutsche Bank.

Southern Europe 
In the Southern Europe region, Samuel Bonamigo joins Google Cloud as vice president for Benelux, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Stemming from more than 20 years of experience building and leading high-performance sales teams at Salesforce and Oracle, he has a deep understanding of how technology can transform organisations, from small to medium businesses to large global enterprises. In his new role, Samuel will help further drive business value for customers across the region and continue building on the portfolio of recent customer wins, such as Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Renault.

Laurence Lafont is joining as vice president of EMEA industries outside of France from more than 8 years at Microsoft in France where she was chief operations officer. Bringing more than 25 years of experience in international leadership positions at Nokia, Orange and Oracle, her mission is to drive and support customer digital transformation, growing new inclusive industry sales teams in the region outside of France.

“Over the past year, we have seen strong customer momentum through a number of significant customer wins,” said Chris Ciauri, president of EMEA at Google Cloud. “Today, many leading brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are turning to us to help them digitally transform, streamline and reinvent their business models. Pip, Laurence, Daniel, and Samuel join us at a time of significant growth as we continue to evolve our business to further strengthen our go-to-market and front-line support for customers and partners across the region.”

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