Via Technorati, Google Local to Be Lead by Classified Ventures Exec from The Local Online notes that Sam Sebastian is now apparently head of Google Local. His exact title is not stated. Sebastian oversaw the Homescape site for Classified Ventures, a joint venture backed by major newspaper publishing companies such as Gannett and Knight Ridder.
Postscript: Google Recruits Local Ad Exec from ClickZ has confirmation from Google and a few more details.
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