Penner - Jane 32229b5Alibaba Groups has appointed Jane Penner as vice president and head of investor relations, effective Aug. 11, 2014.

Jane Penner was formerly head of investor relations at Google.  She came to Google in 2008 from Bear Stearns Companies Inc.  Before that, she was a senior editor at The

Penner will be based in San Francisco, where a number of top Alibaba execs will be located.  The move is an indication of Alibaba’s intention to focus on bringing top talent to interface with Wall Street, which will be important for the Chinese company that has garnered a lot of attention worldwide and from regulators here, too.