Months after making the toughest decision of his life, Kirk found himself fighting for his life.
Kirk left an executive role with Proctor & Gamble and moved his family thousands of miles from everything they knew, hoping that a lucrative opportunity at Google was part of God’s plan for them. What Kirk didn’t realize was that stage 4 thyroid cancer was also part of the plan. As the new President of Brand Solutions at Google, Kirk suddenly needed more solutions than the greatest tech team in the world could possibly create.
“As a kid growing up, I went to 10 schools between kindergarten and high school. My folks were blue collar Ford Motor Company employees, and we were always outrunning the layoffs. We were always running to the next job, and it was really disruptive on the family. And that has always stuck with me.
“Honestly, in my heart of hearts, I really didn’t want to go (to Google). And my 13-year-old said to me: ‘Dad, it’s California, it’s Google, and you make toilet paper. And the rest is history.
A lot of times the world will tell you: be comfortable, stay where you are if you’re doing well, make sure your family is comfortable, it’s all about our happiness. I’ve come to realize God cares way more about my character than my comfort.”
After quickly rising through the ranks during his 16 years at Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, Kirk Perry was the heir apparent to P&G’s CEO. However, in December of 2013, he took a risk (and a job) with Google. And it paid off. Kirk is now the President of Brand Solutions at Google, as well as a board member at The J.M. Smucker Company and e.l.f. Cosmetics.