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Google.Org CEO To Head Up Skoll Fund

April 15, 2009

The founding executive director of Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the Internet search giant, announced he is leaving the company to head a venture backed by the Skoll Foundation, the AFP reported.

Google’s Chief Philanthropic Evangelist, Larry Brilliant, announced his departure in a post on the Google.org blog late Tuesday.

“It’s with a grateful heart that I leave full-time work with Google to begin a new chapter in my life,” he wrote.

The 64 year-old Brilliant is a leading epidemiologist who played a key role in the World Health Organization’s efforts to eradicate smallpox from Asia.

He said he was leaving Google to become president of the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund.

Billionaire Jeff Skoll started the fund 10 years ago as an initiative of the Skoll Foundation.

The founding president of online auction giant eBay, Skoll is also the chairman of Participant Media, producer of such films as “An Inconvenient Truth,” a movie about climate change featuring former vice president Al Gore.

The Skoll Foundation said in a statement: “The Urgent Threats Fund will support innovative high-impact initiatives to combat climate change, water scarcity, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and Middle East conflict.”

While it is starting off with an initial budget of 100 million dollars, it will continue to receive additional funds available over time.

Brilliant said he would continue to serve as an adviser to Google.org, but will be leaving the company on May 5.

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