Former Google executive joins Square

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Francoise Brougher, former vice president of SMB global sales and operations at Google, has joined Square as business lead to aid in the company’s growth operations.

Brougher, who spent eight years at Google, was most recently entrusted with leading global teams in charge of acquiring, growing, and retaining small advertisers. An MBA from Harvard business school, Brougher also served as vice president of business strategy at Charles Schwab & Co. for five years.

“Francoise is a perfect fit for Square,” said Square co­-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey. “Her accomplishments in growing and managing large, global teams, and her focus on building simple, scalable solutions that empower millions of people, will have a huge impact on our company and our customers.”

Square, maker of credit card readers for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, has hired over 200 employees, and raised over 325 million in venture capital since its launch in 2009.

As Square sets forth to establish an international footprint, with Canada being its first foray, Brougher’s global experience could come in handy.

“Simple technologies have an outsized impact when they are made available to everyone,” said Brougher in a statement. “I love helping small businesses around the world find the tools they need to grow and be successful, so I’m thrilled to join Square, which has made this its mission. I am very grateful to my colleagues and friends at Google for what we’ve achieved together.”

Bob Lee, chief technology officer at Square also came from Google.

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