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Sarah Speake, Google

Sarah Speake moved into her current role at Google as Strategic Marketing Director in January 2011, having worked previously as Google’s Technology Sales Director since 2006.

Sarah started her career at VNU Business Publications, which fuelled her interest not only in the technology sector itself, but also in the information sources available to professionals working in IT. She has since spent 5 years as International Sales Director at IDG, sat on the Board of Carat Business for 2 years, and ran the International Sales division at VNU for 5 years prior to joining Google in September 2006. She was headhunted to join Google whilst on maternity leave, and was promoted to Director during her maternity leave in 2008.

As someone who feels passionately about diversity contributing to better business, she was nominated Diversity Champion EMEA for Google; runs the Google EMEA Women’s Leadership Council; sits on the Project Team for Connecting Women in Technology; on the Management Committee for Women in Technology and regularly speaks at events on the topic. Outside work she is a Trustee on the Board of Platform51; is Chair of her Parent Teacher Association and volunteers with SANDS (Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Charity) following the death of her first daughter.

Sarah is a graduate of St. Andrews University and holds a BA Honours degree in German and Business. She lives in West London with her husband and little people.

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