As many of you know by now, former Google VP Tim Armstrong left the company to join AOL as the CEO and Chairman. This leaves an empty slot at Google where big shoes have to be filled. Google had already stated that they were planning on finding a replacement internally, someone who already knows the business inside and out. Well now we have a potential name: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy.
Cassidy is Google’s President of Asia-Pacific and Latin American Operations. She works closely with SVP of Global Sales and Business Development Omid Kordestani. Armstrong built strong ties with several media bigwigs including Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC Universal. Cassidy will have to maintain those relations.
Cassidy is formerly a product manager at a database company called Junglee. Cassidy was also an investment banker for some time at BSkyB. Cassidy started a company back in 1999 called Yodlee.com and worked there up until 2003.
It sounds like Cassidy has quite a bit of entrepreneurial experience, but Armstrong worked very closely with “big media.” Although I do not know much about Cassidy, I can definetely say that it will be a major challenge.