Karan Bhatia, who was president of government affairs and policy at rapidly shrinking General Electric, has shifted to Google as global policy head.
The 10-year GE vet is experienced in managing teams across a large corporation, according to Axios, which noted that Google's policy discussions are hammered out by staffers in technology, marketing, communications, product development and government affairs. Bhatia managed more than 100 government affairs staffers in 35 countries.
Former Staten Island/Brooklyn Congresswoman Susan Molinari, who is based in DC, will retain her VP public policy post at Google.
Prior to GE, Bhatia served six years in the Bush II administration.
As deputy US trade rep, he negotiated the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement. He also was assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the Dept. of Transportation and deputy under secretary for industry and security at the Commerce Dept.