Former professional rugby player Paul Dearlove has been named the first-ever Head of Google Cloud New Zealand.
Dearlove will have a strategic focus on cloud, artificial intelligence, machine learning and advertisements, and report to Alister Dias, Google's ANZ vice president.
He will also work with country director Caroline Rainsford and Google's wider team in New Zealand, a spokesperson told CRN NZ.
Prior to his New Zealand appointment, the Australia-educated Dearlove headed up Google's SAP offerings for ANZ.
He is also a SAP veteran, having held a number of management posts with the enterprise software giant over seven years.
Dearlove's appointment follows Google Cloud establishing new regions in the Asia-Pacific, including a facility believed to be situated in Albany, Auckland.
Google is working on firming up details including the time line for its forthcoming New Zealand region and will share more information on this over the coming months, the spokesperson said.
Online retailer Trade Me, telco Vodafone and learning management app Kami are among Google Cloud's customers, having been active for 15 years in New Zealand.