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According to AdNews Sydney’s status in the Google chain has inched up a notch, with a new senior regional hire choosing the harbour city as his base.

In news announced from the US this morning, Google has hired Richard Kimber as managing director of sales & operations, southeast Asia.

The role, newly-created, includes overseeing business operations and partnerships in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Kimber, born in South Africa and educated in Australia, will be based in Sydney. He joins Google from the HSBC Group, where he spent the last two years in the UK as chief executive of FirstDirect Bank.

Previous roles include a New York-based gig as HSBC global head of e-marketing and president of the group’s internet payment subsidiary. Kimber has also worked in Hong Kong, as Asia Pacific head of HSBC e-business, and served as an advisor to the government on internet policy.

“Richard brings exceptional leadership and management experience to drive Google’s growth in the southeast Asian market,” Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Google vice president of Asia Pacific & Latin America operations, said in a statement.

“We are committed to continuing our international investment, and proven leaders like Richard enable us to execute effectively in this developing region.”