Vanessa Fox Leaves Google, Heads To Zillow
Google Webmaster Central product manager Vanessa Fox is heading for pastures
new — jumping over to become product team lead at real estate start-up
Zillow. She’ll be overseeing the
development of new ad, feed and email products there.
Vanessa talks about the move more on her blog,
For the last two years, I have had a fantastic time helping to build Google
Webmaster Central. I have loved working with the (ever-expanding!) team,
writing about search on the blog and for the help center, and designing
features for the webmaster community. And speaking of the webmaster community,
I have been lucky enough to have been able to meet them, get to know their
challenges, and well, then there’s the drinking. There may have been a little
of that too. Search is a fascinating industry and I am thrilled to have had
the opportunity to create such exciting things in the space.
Now I have an all-new opportunity to work on the unique challenges of the
vertical and local search space at Zillow. I’m moving on from webmaster
central knowing that there’s a great team who care as much about this audience
as I do and they’ve got exciting plans in store for the coming year. I’ll
really miss working with my team, but I’m happy they’ve been getting out and
meeting more of you and I know they’ve had a great time drinking with you too.
I mean talking. Did I say drinking?
Vanessa’s been a great resource for many webmasters plus overseen the huge
and welcome growth of Google Webmaster Central, so it’s sad to see her go from
that perspective. But the team has expanded in other ways, with her
announcing yesterday that Susan Moskwa is joining Jonathan Simon as a
webmaster trends analyst. They both watch forums, blogs and elsewhere to
understand what site owners are concerned about.
Best of luck, Vanessa, from all of us here at Search Engine Land!