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Welcome Karen Dahut to Google Public Sector

September 22, 2022
Thomas Kurian

CEO, Google Cloud

We recently announced the launch of Google Public Sector, a new Google subsidiary focused on helping U.S. federal, state, and local governments, and educational institutions accelerate their digital transformations. Google Public Sector brings Google technologies to government and education customers at scale, including open and scalable infrastructure; advanced data and analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; modern collaboration tools like Google Workspace; advanced cybersecurity products; and more—so that agencies and institutions can better serve citizens and achieve their missions.

In just the few months since the introduction of Google Public Sector, we’ve seen continued momentum. We announced that Google Workspace has achieved the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Impact Level 4 (IL4) authorization. And building on the success with government customers like the U.S. Navy, Defense Innovation Unit, and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, we’ve also shared how we’re helping educational institutions like ASU Prep Digital—an accredited online K–12 school offered through Arizona State University—make remote immersive learning technology more accessible to students across the United States and around the world. 


Today, it is my pleasure to introduce Karen Dahut as the new CEO of Google Public Sector. With more than 25 years of experience in technology, cybersecurity, and analytics, Karen is a highly accomplished executive who has built businesses, developed and executed large-scale growth strategies, and created differentiated solutions across both commercial and federal industries. Karen joins us on Oct. 31. At that time, Will Grannis, who designed and launched Google Public Sector as founding CEO, will return to his role as the CTO of Google Cloud. 

Karen was previously sector president at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led the company’s $4 billion global defense business—representing half of the firm’s annual revenue—and global commercial business sector, which delivered next-generation cybersecurity solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Under her leadership, Booz Allen became the premier digital integrator helping federal agencies use technology in support of their missions.

Karen also has deep experience in building innovative solutions that help organizations tackle their toughest challenges. For example, at Booz Allen, she served as chief innovation officer and built the firm’s Strategic Innovation Group, which delivered new capabilities in cybersecurity, data science, and digital technologies. Prior to Booz Allen, Karen was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served as the controller for the Navy’s premier biomedical research institute. 

We believe Google Public Sector will continue to play a critical role in applying cloud technology to solve complex problems for our nation—across U.S. federal, state, and local governments, and educational institutions. We’re excited today to have Karen leading this new subsidiary, providing more choice in the public sector and helping scale our services to more government agencies nationwide.

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