Vanessa Fox has been, for many, the voice of Google’s Webmaster Central. She has decided to make a change and leave Google:
Now I have an all-new opportunity to work on the unique challenges of the vertical and local search space at Zillow. I’m moving on from webmaster central knowing that there’s a great team who care as much about this audience as I do and they’ve got exciting plans in store for the coming year. I’ll really miss working with my team, but I’m happy they’ve been getting out and meeting more of you and I know they’ve had a great time drinking with you too. I mean talking. Did I say drinking? Vanessa’s Blog
Here are some thoughts from around the net:
I’m really sad to see her go, but the work she’s done has really helped webmasters and Google. In the years that Vanessa has been at Google, she’s helped to launch and improve the webmaster console, communicate policy and get feedback with the outside world, and bring search engines together on the Sitemaps standard. She’s done a bunch of things to make Google a better company and search engine.
Vanessa’s been a great resource for many webmasters plus overseen the huge and welcome growth of Google Webmaster Central, so it’s sad to see her go from that perspective. But the team has expanded in other ways, with her announcing yesterday that Susan Moskwa is joining Jonathan Simon as a webmaster trends analyst. They both watch forums, blogs and elsewhere to understand what site owners are concerned about.
Google will miss her, because she developed into one of their public faces (ala Matt Cutts, and Adam Lasnik) that they could keep in the spotlight on a regular basis. Vanessa has done a great job of helping to humanize the search giant for webmasters, and always had a smile on her face, even when she was accosted by a troubled webmaster at every turn at Search Engine Strategies and other industry gatherings.
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Good luck Vanessa, the SEO community appreciates all you have done for us, and we’ll always think of you when watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I am sure that you will do well Vanessa, good luck at Zillow. The Webmaster Central team has a lot to live up to!