Google Appoints CEO of the Self-Driving Car Project; HR VP Leaves to Join SoftBank
Industry veteran John Krafcik will join Google as CEO of the Self-Driving Car Project as efforts intensify to get autonomous vehicles on the road. Krafcik is a well-respected executive and engineer, known for using data to drive decisions as well as experience in a broad range of fields including sales and marketing, product development, technology and manufacturing. Krafcik takes over the project as the team works to better understand public perception of self-driving cars and how they will use them in their everyday lives and commuting. Google is moving from equipping conventional cars for testing to designing and building its own fleet of driverless cars for evaluation. The internet company is making the prototypes in Livonia.
Google Reorganizes under New Holding Company Alphabet; Sundar Pichai to Lead Largest Subsidiary Google as CEO
Google reorganizes itself into a new holding company, Alphabet, whose largest wholly owned subsidiary will be Google. Google Co-Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be Alphabet’s CEO and President, respectively. Eric Schmidt will be the Executive Chairman of Alphabet. SVP of Corporate Development, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Google David C. Drummond will be the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. The company’s Chief Business Officer, Omid Kordistani, will step down and become an adviser to Alphabet and Google.
Famed Security Researcher Leaves Google to Join Federal Cybersecurity Efforts; Google Glass Exec is New CEO at Evernote
Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, a respected computer security researcher, is leaving Google ATAP to explore ways to help U.S. government make software more secure. A former researcher with DARPA, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, he joined Google along with fellow DARPA alum Regina Dugan to work on security research at the search giant’s Advanced Technologies and Projects Group.
Google Executives Join Facebook, Dropbox, Uber and Cloudera
Facebook has hired Frank Lawrence, Google’s Chief Compliance Officer, in an unknown role. At Google his responsibilities included compliance program design and implementations for all new products using Google Payments and features to optimize the user experience and mitigate fraud and compliance risks.
Google Communications and Policy Head Joins Uber; Commerce Exec Leaves for Jawbone
Rachel Whetstone, 48, Google’s SVP of Communications and Policy has left. She has joined Uber in a similar role. The position has been held by David Plouffe, the high-profile former adviser to President Barack Obama, who was hired less than a year ago, at Uber. He has been elevated to the role of chief adviser to the company and its chief executive Travis Kalanick, and will also sit on the board of Uber.
Google Taps Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat as CFO; Changes at Google X and Google+ Units
Google hired Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat, 57, as its own CFO. Porat has helped execute a sweeping cost-cutting strategy across several business lines at Morgan Stanley. She served as the Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, and Chairman of the Financial Sponsors Group. Porat began her career with Morgan Stanley in 1987 in the Mergers and Acquisition Department.
AmEx Global Business Travel Appoints VP Responsible for Traveler-Facing Technology
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) appointed Evan Konwiser as VP, Digital Traveler. Konwiser will be responsible for traveler-facing technology, such as mobile and the online booking experience. Most recently, Konwiser was co-founder and COO of Lark Travel Group, a luxury leisure travel agency start-up. Previously, he built two other travel products: FlightCaster, which predicts flight delays real-time and was acquired in 2010, and Farely, which analyzes airline cost data for travel buyers. As part of the FlightCaster acquisition, he ran the travel business for Next Jump, and earlier was a consultant at Bain.
Procter & Gamble Appoints Beauty Segment Leader as Global President for e-business
Deb Henretta, 53, formerly the group president of global beauty, has been named the global president for e-business at Procter & Gamble. Henretta served as Group President of Global Beauty Care; Group President, Asia and Global Specialty Channel; Group President of Asia as her most recent roles. Before that she had responsibility of ASEAN, Baby Care, Fabric Conditioners, Laundry Products, etc. She has been a Director of Corning since 2013.
SAP’s CMO Named Company's First Chief Digital Officer
SAP named its CMO Jonathan Becher, 49, as the company's first Chief Digital Officer to lead the company's new digital business unit. Becher, a technology and marketing expert, joined SAP during the 2007 acquisition of Pilot Software, where he was president-CEO. Prior to leading Pilot Software, Becher was president-CEO of Accrue Software, a provider of web analytics, and president-CEO of NeoVista Software, a predictive analytics and data mining company.
Google Appoints SVP of all Google products; Couple of Senior Execs Leave
Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome and Apps has been promoted as SVP of all Google products. This excludes YouTube. Earlier, Pichai served as VP of Product Management joining Google in 2004. Before that, he held various engineering and product management positions at Applied Materials, and was a Management Consultant with McKinsey for a variety of software and semiconductor clients. He served as a Director of Jive Software as a Member of Board of Advisors at Ruba.
Google Names Red Hat CTO as VP, Cloud Platforms
Brian Stevens, 50, who stepped down as EVP and CTO of Red Hat recently, has joined Google to lead its cloud platforms. Stevens had been with Red Hat since 2001. Stevens served as the CTO and VP of Engineering of JBoss, a division of Red Hat. Before joining the company, he had been the CTO at Mission Critical Linux, and a senior Architect at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where he worked on Digital's UNIX operating system.
Yahoo! Hires CIO from Netflix
Mike Kail has joined Yahoo! as CIO and SVP, Infrastructure. Most recently, he served as VP of IT Operations at Netflix. Prior to that, he was VP of IT Operations at Attensity, where he was responsible for the Americas data center operations team, including managing various big data systems including their Hadoop cluster, HBase, and MongoDB components.
Google Appoints Former Ford CEO to Board; Chief Business Officer Leaves
Google appointed former CEO of Ford Motor from 2006 to 2014, Alan Mulally, 68, to board, bringing expertise and connections as Google seeks to play a bigger role in automobiles with its Android software and self-driving car technology. Before Ford, Mulally served as EVP of the Boeing Company and President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to that, he served as President of Boeing's space and defense business. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England's Royal Academy of Engineering.
Walmart.com CEO Leaves, Latin American E-Commerce Head Takes Over
Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Walmart.com., has left the online giant to assume the role of president at Five Below, the retailer targeting pre-teens and teens. Anderson spent three years as president and CEO of Walmart.com. Prior to that spent four years in senior operations roles at the company. He also spent 12 years at Toys "R" Us, in various roles and activities including marketing, online, new ventures and operations.