CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 08: Google marketing executive Wael Ghonim greets thousands of anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square on February 8, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Ghonim was released by police yesterday after nearly two weeks in custody. He has acknowledged that he was the anonymous administrator of the Facebook page that sparked the protests in Egypt. Thousands of demonstrators continue to occupy the square, demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who became a leader of the Egyptian revolution in 2010, is now part of Google Ventures.
Ghonim, after he came back from Egypt, started secretly working at Google Ventures last year, but is now an entrepreneur-in-residence, according to Fortune. Apparently his previously position was hush-hush because of "visa issues" and Google Ventures head Bill Maris didn't give out details on the job.
Before the Arab Spring in 2010, Ghonim was a marketing exec for Google in the Middle East. Ghonim declined to be interviewed by Fortune on his activism or his new position.
"He's really trying to move his life forward," Maris told Fortune. Maris said that Ghonim isn't interested in talking about his past in Egypt, but Maris did say that he contacted him about Google's venture business. Through video conference calls, the two established a rapport and Maris asked him to come aboard.