Brittin was born in Walton-on-Thames, north-west Surrey.
He rowed in The Boat Race three times, from 1987 to 1989, representing Cambridge University. He rowed for Great Britain from 1985 to 1989, winning a bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships in 1988. He also represented Great Britain in rowing at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Brittin joined Google in January 2007, becoming Managing Director of Google UK in 2009. He is currently a Google Vice President.
He has been called to appear before the United Kingdom parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on more than one occasion, at which he has defended the very small percentage of corporate tax paid by Google on substantial earnings. To do this he has claimed that Google does not "sell" in the UK, even though UK staff are paid incentives to "encourage" potential customers to spend money with Google. He has not clarified his definition of "selling", but he "... admitted ’sales’ staff based in Britain are paid commission for reaching targets."
Brittin was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 program In Business where he discussed Google's strategies for nurturing new ideas and projects. He also talked about the controversy over the Google Street View recording wifi traffic and Google's green credentials.
He married Katherine Betts in 1995 and has two sons (born in 1999 and 2001). In June 2011 he cycled from Land's End to John o' Groats.
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||Managing Director of Google UK
2009 – 2011