Google Continues International Expansion, Opens Offices in Latin America

Company Launches Operations in So Paulo, Mexico City

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – November 17, 2005 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced its continuing international expansion with the launch of two Latin American operations centres in So Paulo, Brazil and Mexico City, Mexico. These new offices will enable Google to provide the best advertising services and search experience to its users, advertisers and partners in Brazil, Mexico and throughout Latin America.

"The online environment in Latin America is changing rapidly with the infrastructure for high-speed Internet access expanding, and with it e-commerce," said Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, vice president, Asia Pacific and Latin America operations, Google Inc. "Google’s Latin America teams will partner closely with businesses, advertisers and agencies throughout the region to enable them to capitalize on the significant opportunities this brings."

Google’s Mexico operation is led by Gonzalo Alonso, formerly Director of Sales at T1MSN. In Brazil, Google’s operation is led by Alexandre Hohagen, who was previously general manager for HBO in Brazil. Alonso and Hohagen bring to Google many years of extensive and diverse experience in Mexico and Brazil, as well as markets throughout Latin America.

As general managers for Google in their markets, Alonso and Hohagen will work with Google’s current Latin America clients and continue to develop Google’s client base in the region. Google’s Latin American advertisers already represent a wide variety of companies including Mercado Libre and Dell in Mexico, and Wal-Mart in Brazil.

The launch of operations in Latin America further demonstrates Google’s ongoing commitment to expanding its international business, and developing the search advertising market in new regions around the world. The office in Sao Paulo, Brazil follows the acquisition of Brazil’s Akwan Information Technologies Inc. in July of this year. Akwan has become Google’s R&D centre in Brazil.

About Google Inc.

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit and

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