Adaire Fox-Martin appointed as new head of Google Ireland

31 Jan 2022

Adaire Fox-Martin. Image: Google

One of Fortune Magazine’s top 50 most powerful women, she will continue her role as Google’s EMEA cloud president while leading the Irish operation.

Tech giant Google has named Adaire Fox-Martin as its new head of operations in Ireland, replacing Nick Leeder who held the position for two years.

Fox-Martin, who joined Google in Dublin last July as its EMEA cloud president, has more than two decades of experience in technology leadership. Prior to joining Google, she was an executive board member and president of global sales, services and customer engagement for software firm SAP.

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“In the short time I have been a part of Google Ireland, I have seen the breadth and depth of talent and value across the Irish operations. I look forward to leading Google Ireland into this next phase of our almost two decades here,” Fox-Martin said.

“One thing I have seen already in my short time at Google Ireland is the opportunity digital can unlock for Irish businesses. I am inspired by the potential for a positive impact on the communities we live in and serve.”

Fox-Martin will continue her role as EMEA cloud president, where she is responsible for the company’s cloud sales in the region, while she takes the new position as head of Google Ireland. She will start her new role from 1 February.

Starting her career as a school teacher in England, Fox-Martin moved into the tech industry when she joined Oracle as a training consultant. She worked her way up to being the company’s vice-president of government, education and healthcare before joining SAP in 2008.

From a base in Germany, Fox-Martin took the lead on SAP’s global customer success team in February 2020. She is also a member of the board of directors of data centre and colocation provider Equinix.

In 2020, Fox-Martin was named as one of Fortune Magazine’s top 50 most powerful women internationally for the fourth time in a row.

Leeder, who was appointed to the top Google Ireland role in March 2020, joined the tech giant in 2011 as managing director for Australia and New Zealand, before moving to lead the company’s operations in France. Following his two years leading Google Ireland, he is returning to Australia as vice-president for Google business global projects.

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Leigh Mc Gowran is a journalist with Silicon Republic