Google Israel Names Barak Regev as CEO

Regev steps in at challenging time for Google Israel, now under investigation by Israeli tax authority over registration in Ireland, which means it does not pay taxes in Israel.

Boris Johnson wears virtual reality goggles during a visit to the Google offices in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 9, 2015.
Dan Balilty, AP

Barak Regev will be the next CEO of Google Israel, Google VP Meir Brand told Israeli employees in a letter yesterday.

Regev starts in May, and will be subordinate to Brand, who founded the Israeli division of Google in 2005 and led it as CEO for 10 years.

Google Israel has a few hundred employees.

Regev, 44, has an MBA from California State University-Northridge. He joined Google Israel in 2010 as the manager of Google Enterprise in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. After two years, he was transferred to manager of the company’s cloud platform at its London offices. He previously worked as manager of Microsoft Israel’s business division, and filled marketing and sales roles at several start-ups.

Regev is coming in at a challenging time for the company. Google Israel is under investigation by the Israel Tax Authority over its registration in Ireland, which means the company does not pay taxes in Israel. The company is also facing consumer boycotts over offensive content appearing in Google searches.