Guthrie will take over from Mark Scott as managing director of ABC next year, becoming the first woman to take up the position. She joined Google in Singapore in 2011 as managing director of partner business solutions for the region, taking on her current role last October.
Scott has been in charge of ABC since 2006. An article in the Sydney Morning Herald said he is due to step down in July, but might make way for Guthrie earlier. Guthrie worked in the TV industry earlier in her career, at Star TV, Foxtel and BSkyB.
It is not known who will replace Guthrie at Google. Representatives from Google declined to comment.