Googler and fellow Greek Margo Georgiadis will be leaving her job as Vice President of Global Sales and Planning at Google Chicago to join daily deals site Groupon as Chief Operating Officer, Chicago Business is reporting. She will be replacing former COO Rob Solomon, who left the company in March.
At Google Georgiadis led a sales group comprised of over 1600 employees. Prior to Google, Georgiadis was a partner at McKinsey and Company, a CMO at Discover Card and Principal at Synetro Capital.
While Groupon declined to comment to Chicago Business, Senior Google VP Nikesh Arora expressed his congrats, “I’m grateful for all that Margo has done for our team over the past two years. We will miss her, but we’re also very excited that she’s joining a terrific company and a great partner for Google.”
Georgiadis’ position is a crucial one as the company prepares to IPO at a reported $15 billion dollar valuation in the spring and Groupon CEO Andrew Mason needs a Sheryl Sandberg to his Mark Zuckerberg. The company made $760 million in revenue last year, a number that Mason wants to increase to “billions” in 2011.
As it’s already technically spring I’m guessing Georgiadis’ schedule will be pretty tight in the coming weeks.