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He was born in Walton-on-Thames, north-west Surrey.
At university he rowed in The Boat Race three times, being 6 ft 3in. He rowed for Britain from 1985-89. In the World Rowing Championships he won a bronze medal in 1988. He also represented Great Britain in rowing at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Brittin has been interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 program In Business where he discussed the company'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 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 parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on more than one occasion, in the UK, 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', however he "... admitted ’sales’ staff based in Britain are paid commission for reaching targets." (http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/16/google-accused-of-lying-to-mps-about-tax-affairs-3762790/)
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