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Breaking News: Google Shakes-Up Leadership for Mapping & Commerce Featured

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Google Breaks Up Mapping and Commerce Unit; Android Sees Leadership Changes

Google is breaking up the unit that formerly combined mapping and commerce. SVP, Commerce & Local, Jeff Huber, is now SVP, Google X, the unit run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin that's working on projects such as self-driving car technology and the Google Glass wearable computing device.

The mapping unit will become part of the Google search team, led by Alan Eustace, and the commerce unit will move under the advertising group, led by Susan Wojcicki.

When Larry Page became CEO in 2011, Huber was one of several computer engineers to be promoted to the rank of SVP, and he took on the new mapping/commerce role. Before that, he ran the software-engineering part of the company's advertising business, which was responsible for its revenue- generating services AdWords and AdSense, among others. Huber joined Google in 2003 from eBay. Earlier in his career, he was SVP, Engineering & Product Development at Excite@Home, SVP-Engineering at @Home Network, and Technology Consultant at McKinsey.

Google has also combined the team running Google's Chrome Web browser and computer-operating software with that of the Android mobile-operating software, as Android chief and SVP of Mobile & Digital Content, Andy Rubin, moves to a new unspecified role at the company. Sundar Pichai, who ran the Chrome group, will take over the combined unit. Rubin is the co-founder and former CEO of both Danger and Android. Earlier in his career, he has worked as an Engineer for MSN TV, General Magic, and Apple and as a Robotics Engineer for Carl Zeiss.

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