Thygesen has served since September 2011 as Vice President at Google Inc. (a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.), and is currently Vice President, Global SMB Sales and Operations. He is also a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Before joining Google, Thygesen consulted to Google and other companies in 2010 and until September 2011 and previously co-founded an early stage venture firm and was a managing director and partner in the U.S. venture and growth funds of The Carlyle Group, where he led investments in startups in sectors including e-commerce, mobile advertising and imaging.
Earlier, Thygesen served as an executive in several public and private companies, including Wink Communications, which he helped take public in 1999. Thygesen has also served on the boards of directors of various private companies.