Google has today appointed Nick Leeder as head of Google in Ireland, succeeding Fionnuala Meehan in the role.

Mr Leeder, who is from Australia, will take up his new position on April 1. 

He first joined Google in 2011 as the Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. 

He then moved on to become Managing Director for France before moving to Dublin in 2017 to take over as Vice President, EMEA Large Customer Sales where he is responsible for the delivery and expansion of Google's relationship with some of its largest customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

Google said that Mr Leeder will continue in his role as vice president of LCS in addition to his role as head of Google Ireland. 

"Google Ireland is Google's EMEA HQ, and at the heart of Google globally. Fionnuala has done a superb job over the past three years and leaves the site bigger, stronger and better connected. I will endeavour to make the next chapter as successful," Mr Leeder said in a statement today.  

Commenting on the Covid-19 situation, the incoming Google Ireland boss said the country is in an "unprecedented moment".

He said that Google's first priority is the welfare of all its Ireland-based people and the communities in which they live. 

"We are working hard to ensure we continue to serve the billions of  users who rely on us for information, and the millions of customers whose businesses we help power," he added.

Earlier this month, Google told its 8,000 Irish staff that those who can work from home do so because of the evolving situation with Covid-19.