Allan Thygesen

Allan leads Google’s advertising business in North and South America. Previously, he ran Google Marketing Solutions, overseeing the global mid-market and small advertiser business, which serves millions of customers and agencies worldwide. Allan is a sought-after voice in the technology industry serving as a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Director for RingCentral (NYSE: RNG).

Before joining Google in 2010, Allan was a Managing Director and Partner in the U.S. venture and growth funds of The Carlyle Group, where he led investments in startups in sectors including e-commerce, mobile advertising and imaging. Earlier, Allan served as EVP, sales and business development, at Wink Communications, which he helped take public in 1999.

Allan received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as an Arjay Miller scholar. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four children.