Laszlo Bock: Google’s Vice President of People Operations

By Jason Hanold

In March 2006, Laszlo Bock took on the newly created position of Vice President of People Operations at Google, Inc. Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, explains that Lazslo “drives cutting-edge people programs and uses rigorous analytics to guide decision-making—all in the name of finding, growing, and keeping great Googlers.”

With Bock leading the “people operations” at Google, the company has grown from 3,000 employees to 21,000 employees. His development of the Three Thirds model has proven extremely valuable in maintaining an exceptional human resources team during such rapid growth. The Three Thirds model uses a human resources department made up of roughly equal parts of traditional HR employees, strategy-consultant employees (who may or may not have HR backgrounds), and analytical professionals holding Master’s degrees or higher.

Bock has been praised for his accomplishments at Google over the past several years. In 2010, he was named HR Executive of the Year by Human Resource Executive magazine.

Laszlo Bock earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Pomona College (where he now serves as a member of the board of trustees), and received a Master of Business Administration from Yale University.

About the Author: Jason Hanold is the Managing Partner and founder of Hanold Associates, LLC, a human resources executive search firm based in Chicago. He has led a number of successful executive searches for Google.

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