Media bosses battle on the Thames with Google president Matt Brittin in Sport Relief's CEO relay race

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Matt Brittin celebrates a charitable victory with Sport Relief

Google's EMEA president Matt Brittin faced a very public grilling from the British media last month over the web giant's tax payments, but it was water under the bridge this weekend when he joined BBC bosses on the Thames for Sport Relief's CEO relay race.

Chief execs and business leaders swapped their suits for sweatpants on Friday to take part in a 120-mile relay along the River Thames.

Following the Thames Path National Trail Martin Glenn, chief exec of the Football Association, kicked things off in Oxford early Friday morning. Brittin crossed the finish line in Westminster on Saturday night with BBC Worldwide chairman Tim Davie and BBC journalist Chris Hollins.

The relay saw a star-studded line-up of media bosses including Davie, Bloomberg managing director Adam Freeman and John Fallon, chief exec of Pearson, the publishing house which sold its stakes in the Economist and Financial Times to foreign investors last year.

Brittin faced a public dressing-down last month from MPs and British press after seeming to admit he didn't know his own basic salary in a Public Accounts Committee hearing. At the time, the BBC reported that PAC chairman and MP Meg Hillier asked Brittin how much he makes four times, to which he finally said: "I don't have the figure, but I will happily provide it."

Luckily for Brittin, all financial talks were positive this time, as the event raised over £30,000 for Sport Relief.

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