Google is expanding further into Europe with local operations that will focus on commercial activities rather than R&D
Google made a move in Lithuania – he opens new office in Vilnius . The subsidiary will ultimately be headed up by Graham Law, finance director of Google’s operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, who is based in Ireland.
Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite first announced Google’s intention to expand into Lithuania in late January, while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Back in Bulgaria, president Rosen Plevneliev mentioned that Google has plans in Bulgaria after visiting the US two years ago.
The search giant plans to locate sales and marketing teams in Lithuania, which will work with large customers and partners all across the Baltic region, according to the local media. The number of the employees in the country is unknown.
“When choosing the location of the office, we are considering many criteria and we hope that the office in Lithuania will help improve the efficiency of our operations in the region,” Vytautas Kubilius, business development manager for the Baltic countries at Google, was quoted as saying in a press release from Invest Lithuania, the government’s foreign investment promotion agency.
The startup community in the Baltic region was one of the reasons for Google to open an office in the country, according to New Europe Investor.
Lithuania is said to have been on Google’s shortlist of sites when it was looking to build a new datacentre in Europe in 2008. The company later built the facility in Finland.
by Andrada Fiscutean
Andrada Fiscutean has been covering science and technology for more than six years. She also writes for PRO TV Group, the largest media organization in Romania.