Hillary Clinton hires Google exec as CTO for White House run: report
Presumptive Democratic nominee poaches ‘social impact’ specialist ahead of expected campaign
Presumptive Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 US presidential election, Hillary Clinton, has hired a Google executive as her campaign's chief technology officer, Reuters reported citing a report from the Washington Post.
An unnamed source close to the campaign said Clinton had convinced Stephanie Hannon, Google's director of product management for civic innovation and social impact, to head technology operations.
Technology has played a key role in the past two presidential elections in the US, with social media being lauded as a major factor in Barack Obama's first White House run and big data reportedly playing a huge role in his re-election.
Hannon previously worked as product manager on Maps, Apps, Wave and Gmail at Google before leaving to work a number of short periods at other firms, including 10 months at Facebook. She then returned to Google to take up her current post. She also worked for Cisco from 1996 to 2002 as a software engineer.
Clinton has yet to announce her run, but is widely expected to do so in the coming weeks.