Senior Google Member Joins atom42

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Top Google employee Simon Douglass has left the search engine to join upcoming online marketing agency atom42

Simon is joining us in our mission to ensure our search offering remains one of the best in the UK

A senior member of Google is the latest addition to the growing team at London-based online marketing agency atom42.

Simon Douglass, former Senior Account Manager at Google UK, joined atom42 as head of PPC this month after working at the search engine for six years.

Douglass, who worked as Google's Lead Account Manager on clients including Dell, Nokia and BT, said he saw great potential in the three-year-old agency, and hoped the move would enable him to work more closely with clients and their businesses.

"I felt atom42 was an exciting company which would provide me with the opportunity to get closer to clients’ business, help them to better understand PPC and grow their business online," said Douglass.

"I felt there was huge growth potential here, and wanted to be a part of it," he added.

atom42 founder Andrew Atalla said appointing Douglass as head of PPC was part of his aim to ensure the company stayed ahead of the pack in the field of pay-per-click.

He said: "We're really excited about having Simon on board. With over six years of experience at Google, he's already started adding value to our clients' campaigns, as well as making sure we continue to be at the forefront of the PPC space."

"He's joining us in our mission to make sure our search offering remains one of the best in the UK."

Former Head of Search at media agency PHD, Atalla founded atom42 in April 2007. The company has weathered the recession exceptionally well, acquiring a range of major clients including the National Accident Helpline, and Drinkaware, all before its third birthday.

In November 2009 Atalla, 29, won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, where judges named him as one to watch due to atom42's powerful client base and 'unique spin on online marketing'.

Atalla believes that hiring the right people is key to any business' success. He said: "When I started atom42, a good friend of mine gave me a tip: ‘if you want to succeed, make sure you keep recruiting people who are smarter than you’. It was great advice."

"I look around the office now, and the people I see fill me with a huge amount of confidence for our fourth year."


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