ClearStory Taps Former Google Exec to Help With Growth

Deborah Gage

ClearStory Data Inc., a stealthy Big Data analytics company that has raised more than $9 million in funding from top Silicon Valley venture firms, named former Google Inc. executive Shona Brown as a strategic adviser, VentureWire has learned.

Dr. Brown, who was introduced to ClearStory by the company’s investors, was on Google ‘s management team from 2003 until 2011, when Google co-founder Larry Page took over daily management and replaced Google Chairman Eric Schmidt as CEO. She built and oversaw Google’s people operations and business operations through eight years of rapid growth, including the company’s 2004 IPO.

After Mr. Page stepped in and reorganized the company, she moved to oversee, Google’s philanthropic arm. She left Google at the end of 2012 and is now an adviser (a “Googler Emeritus”) to Google and a few other founders and startups. She also serves on one public and a few nonprofit boards.

The former Rhodes scholar is expected to help ClearStory scale, even though the company hasn’t yet shipped a product.

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