Google’s SVP, Social Leaves
Vic Gundotra, Google’s SVP, Social, leading Google+ has left. He has been leading Google+, Google's social network, since it launched in 2011. He joined Google eight years ago, initially leading developer relations. Prior to joining Google, Gundotra was at Microsoft. Gundotra joined Microsoft in 1991 and eventually became GM of Platform Evangelism.
Facebook Hardware Chief Leaves to Build a Storage Startup
Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s VP of hardware design and supply chain, plans to leave the company. Frankovsky, a Facebook veteran of the past four-and-a-half years, rose from directing Facebook’s server hardware design efforts to become a VP. He was instrumental in founding Facebook’s Open Compute Project, an initiative that invites hardware community collaboration and the open sharing of data center design specifications. In Frankovsky’s absence, Director of Infrastructure Jason Taylor will assume responsibility for leading the supply chain and hardware design teams at Facebook.
Google Appoints New YouTube Head
Google has named Susan Wojcicki, a SVP for advertising and commerce, as the head of its video streaming division, YouTube, to generate more ad revenues from its video service. Salar Kamangar, who was leading YouTube since co-founder Chad Hurley left the company in 2010, is expected to take another role within Google.
eBay Enterprise Head Leaves
Chris Saridakis, President of eBay Enterprise, a division of eBay, has resigned for personal reasons. An external search will be conducted for a successor. Until then, Tobias Hartmann, VP, Omnichannel Operations and International, will serve as interim head of eBay Enterprise. Saridakis had served as president of eBay Enterprise since mid-2011, following the company's acquisition of GSI Commerce (renamed eBay Enterprise in 2013), where he was part of that company's management team.
Google Appoints Microsoft’s Bing Architect to Work on Machine Learning
Blaise Aguera y Arcas has left Microsoft for Google. Aguera y Arcas played a key role in the development of the Bing search engine, working mainly on Bing Maps and Bing Mobile. He also focused on wearable computing, augmented reality, and natural user interfaces. The engineer will work on machine learning at Google. Aguera y Arcas joined Microsoft after his company, Seadragon Software, was acquired by the software giant in 2006.
Priceline.com Promotes Subsidiary Head as CEO
Online travel company The Priceline Group promoted Darren Huston, 47, to President and CEO. The promotion will split the roles of CEO and Chairman and Jeffery H. Boyd, who has been President and CEO since 2002, will remain as Chairman. Huston will join The Priceline Group's Board of Directors. Huston is CEO of Booking.com B.V. (Netherlands), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Priceline Group and an online hotel reservation service, a position he will continue to hold. Huston came to the Group from Microsoft, where he served as Corporate VP, Consumer & Online and President & CEO of Microsoft Japan.
Google Appoints CEO for Newly Launched Health and Well-Being Company Calico
Google launched Calico, a new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases. Arthur D. Levinson, 61, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will be CEO and a founding investor. Art Levinson will remain Chairman of Genentech and a director of Hoffmann-La Roche, as well as Chairman of Apple.
Google VP of Product Management and Head of Search for Google Play Store Depart
Google's VP of Product Management for Android, Hugo Barra, is leaving the company. Barra is joining Chinese company Xiaomi as Head of the company's International Business Development. During his five years stint at Google, Barra had been the constant public face of Android. Xiaomi, which entered smartphone segment just two years ago, recently displaced Apple in China.
Google China Chief Steps down; Company Names Replacement
Google China Country Manager Dr John Liu will step down after six years in the role. Liu will leave in August having presided over a period of great change for Google in China, which included the Internet giant’s controversial exit from the country in 2010 following allegations that the Chinese government hacked into email accounts belonging to activists.
Facebook Names General Counsel and New European Boss; Brand Design Head Leaves
Facebook named Colin Stretch as VP and general counsel for the social giant, assuming responsibility for leading Facebook’s legal team. Stretch will take over the position after the departure of Ted Ullyot, Facebook’s acting VP and general counsel of the past five years, who announced his intention to leave the company. Stretch had previously worked as VP and deputy general counsel under Ullyot, and was a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel.
Google Loses Its Wallet VP; Company Hires Head of Design
Osama Bedier, who joined Google in 2011 and headed the Google Wallet payment business as VP of Wallet & Payments, is leaving the company. Previously, he served as VP, Product Development at PayPal, Director-Technology at DG Systems/Starguide Satellite Systems, Sr. Manager, B2B eCommerce at Gateway, and Web Architect/Manager at AT&T Wireless.
Facebook Names CTO
Facebook named VP of engineering, Mike Schroepfer, 38, as the company’s CTO. The position was previously unoccupied due to the departure of former CTO Bret Taylor last summer. Prior to joining the social network, Schroepfer was the VP of Engineering at Mozilla where he led the global, collaborative, open, and proprietary product development process behind the company’s popular softwares, including the Firefox web browser. He also was a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, specifically leading the data center automation division as its CTO.
Facebook Appoints Second Female Board Member
Facebook appointed Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H., 51, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), to the company's board of directors. She previously served as president, product development at the biotechnology pioneer, Genentech. During her 14 years with the company, Desmond-Hellmann brought numerous cutting-edge cancer medicines to market to help people battle the disease. She completed her clinical training at UCSF and is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. During her training at UCSF, she spent two years as a visiting faculty member at the Uganda Cancer Institute, studying HIV/AIDS and cancer. Desmond-Hellmann is on the board of directors for Procter & Gamble, and she also serves as a trustee for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a non-profit medical research organization.
Facebook Nabs Brunswick Exec for Top Communications Job
Brunswick Group's US managing partner Michael Buckley is leaving the agency for a top communications role at Facebook. He has been working with Facebook on a range of corporate and other PR issues over the last several years will be joining the social networking giant as VP of business communications. Buckley has been with the global strategy and communications consultancy Brunswick Group, one of Facebook’s outside agencies, where he represented a number of clients. Before Brunswick, he served as senior MD and national director of the litigation group at Hill & Knowlton.