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coupon.jpgADOTAS – Wonder if the latest Google departures will post to the ex-Google whine fest?

Today, Coupons, Inc. announced the appointment of Steve Horowitz as chief technology officer.

Horowitz, 41, was at Google, where he led the engineering team that built the Android mobile operating system and platform which launched with T-Mobile late last year. At Coupons, Inc., Horowitz will oversee all of the company’s worldwide engineering, product management and technology efforts as it expands its digital coupons and promotions platform.

“Coupons.com has fast become one of the world’s leading online brands, so this is a very exciting opportunity,” Horowitz said in a statement. “The company is at a pivotal point in its business, and I am eager to help further advance its development and deployment of new platforms and services for digital promotions.”

With the recession, Coupons has boomed. In 2008, consumers printed over $300 million in savings off of the coupons.com platform, a 140% increase from 2007, and Coupons Inc. is targeting $1 billion in savings in 2009. Over 36 million people used online coupons in 2008 and the number of people who only use online coupons grew by 50%, according to Simmons Market Research Bureau.

“Our business is experiencing unprecedented growth, and as we extend our digital promotions platform to in-store, in-appliance and mobile phones, this is the ideal time for Steve to bring his deep experience to our team,” Steven R. Boal, CEO and founder of Coupons, Inc. said in a statement. “Steve is a business-minded, consumer-focused and battle-tested technology leader, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that he is joining our team.”

Prior to Google, Horowitz spent almost nine years at Microsoft. He was also one of the earliest employees at Be, Inc. Horowitz began his career at Apple Computer, Inc.

LinkedIn recently hired Google executive Dipchand Nishar as vice president of products.

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