Google Australia & New Zealand has named Jason Pellegrino as its new Managing Director for the region. Pellegrino, who has been with Google since 2008, earlier in his career served management consultancies KPMG and L.E.K. Consulting.
Jason Pellegrino started his career in 1994 with KPMG, he first worked in the firm’s Audit practice and later on switched internally to the Transaction Services unit. After six years with the Big Four in Australia, Pellegrino moved to PepsiCo, where he, based in London and internationally, worked in the Corporate Finance team. Between 2002 and 2004 he left the food & beverage giant to follow an MBA programme at London Business School, and, after graduating, he joined L.E.K. Consulting, an international consulting firm with 21 offices across the globe. At the management consulting firm, Pellegrino advised clients in the retail, consumer products, technology and media industries on areas of corporate strategy, acquisitions and commercial due diligence.
Following a two year spell with Dakota Corporation, Pellegrino joined Google in January 2007, and has since remained faithful to the search engine conglomerate. Over the past eight years he held a range of sales leadership positions, including Sales Director Australia and Head of Sales Operations & Strategy for Google’s Australia & New Zealand business. Since February 2014 he has been responsible for Google’s business strategy and commercial capabilities across the Asia Pacific region.
In his new role as Managing Director for the Australia & New Zealand region, Pellegrino, who lives in Sydney and has four children, has been tasked with further growing the company’s already impressive (online) footprint. He succeeds Maile Carnegie, who left Google earlier this year to serve as Head of Digital at ANZ Bank.
Pellegrino holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Wollongong and a Master in Business Administration (Distinction) from The London Business School, where he served as President of the Student Association and as a member of the school’s Board of Governors.