Dr. Douglas C. Merrill is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur and the author of Getting Organized in the Google Era:  How to Get Stuff Out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right, a book on personal and workplace organization published by Random House.

Merrill most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of New Music and President of Digital Business at EMI Music. Previously, Merrill was Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Google Inc. where he held direct line accountability for a team of 1,500. Merrill oversaw all aspects of internal engineering and technology, as well as end user security, and customer billing and revenue systems. Merrill led multiple strategic efforts including Google's 2004 IPO and its related investor program and regulatory activities.


Prior to Google, Merrill served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of Charles Schwab and Co. At Schwab, Merrill was responsible for worldwide disaster recovery and such functions as information security, common infrastructure, and human resources strategy and operations. During his tenure at Schwab, he was a licensed securities broker and principal. Previously, Merrill served at Price Waterhouse LLP where he led their security implementation practice. 


Before entering the private sector, Merrill worked in research and academia. He was an Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he studied topics such as computer simulation in education, team dynamics and organizational effectiveness. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University’s Institute for the Learning Sciences.
 
Merrill serves on the board of directors of The Filter, a content recommendation systems company, and advises numerous organizations including Strategic Social, Flexilis, Cornerstone on Demand, and the LA Marathon. He was previously a Director of Elemental Security, Inc. and iMagic Software, Inc. 
 
Merrill holds an MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, and a BA from the University of Tulsa in Social and Political Organization. He grew up in Conway, Arkansas, graduated from high school at the age of 16, and has five tattoos.

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