Senior Executive Leaving Google

Douglas Merrill, a vice president of engineering at Google, is leaving the Internet search company to become a president of digital at EMI Music, the recorded music division of EMI Group, according to an executive briefed on his move.

The LATimes article is a little more blunt — A top Google techie joins EMI (pdf)

The job of president of digital at EMI had been offered to at least one other outside executive, according to an employee familiar with the process. The choice surprised EMI insiders because of Merrill’s lack of music-industry experience. Some wondered why he would join a company bedeviled by an industrywide crisis.

“It’s a bold move, very exciting,” an industry veteran said. “The question is, why did he say yes?”