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Google Still Shuffling Sales Force: “Self-Serve” Exec David Fischer Steps Aside

fischerFive months after Google (GOOG) sales boss Tim Armstrong left for Time Warner’s (TWX) AOL, his old company is still reshaping its sales group. The latest move: David Fischer, who ran the company’s core self-serve ad business, is going on sabbatical later this month and will return to a different post.

In a memo first published by Silicon Alley Insider, newish sales boss Nikesh Arora says he hasn’t found a successor for Fischer and will step into his shoes in the meantime.

There has been a steady stream of Googlers heading out of the company’s sales group. But while Fischer isn’t technically leaving, his move is still a big one: He was a well-regarded executive in a high-profile spot, formerly occupied by Sheryl Sandberg, who is now Facebook’s COO.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald