Head of Cuba Strategy and Operations, Google
Brett Perlmutter founded and leads Google’s efforts in Cuba. In that capacity Perlmutter was the principal negotiator of the first ever Internet-related deal between the U.S. and Cuba. He also spearheaded Google’s first connectivity initiative in the country at Havana’s Museo Orgánico Romerillo, which is the only location in Cuba to offer free, high-speed wifi. Prior to the US amending its policy towards Cuba, Perlmutter led Google’s first-ever visit to the country with executive chairman Eric Schmidt and subsequently headed the effort to offer Google technology in the country which included the launch of Google Chrome, Google Play for Free Apps, Google Analytics, and Google Toolbar. Previously, Perlmutter managed Constitute Project, a digital tool to help draft and amend constitutions. Perlmutter started his career as a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s New York Office, where he advised CEOs and leaders across North and South America, Europe, and Asia in strategy and corporate finance. He has lectured to students and academics in Spanish and English at Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Manchester. In 2016, Perlmutter was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List. A native of Colorado, he received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and completed his BA (magna cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, the president of his class, and the Spoonman– the top honor given to a male student.