Stripe nabs Google exec to lead business operations

Senior Google Executive Claire Hughes Johnson has been hired by San Francisco based payments company Stripe to lead its business operations.

Johnson will be moving from tech giant Google to a much smaller – but fast-growing – startup that enables businesses to easily take payments over the internet. Stripe offers an API that allows developers to integrate the payments service on their website or apps without needing a merchant account.

Johnson joined Google in 2004, and has held several management positions over the last ten years. Most recently, she acted as Vice President of the Google X special projects division for its self-driving car initiative.

 “When I joined Google, it was a 1,500-person company, which I thought was huge, since I don’t think of myself as a corporate person,” said Johnson. “It’s exciting to be able to be part of the block and tackle of building a company from a smaller base.”

“This company has a vision that is different and has huge potential,” she added.

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