SVP of product management Jonathan Rosenberg just resigned from Google.Rosenberg has been with Google since 2002.
Until today, he was considered one of the very most powerful people at the company.
Word from a source close to the situation is that Rosenberg wanted to work at Google until his high school-aged daughter left for college, but that new Google CEO Larry Page wanted longer term commitments from his senior executives.
Given that Rosenberg couldn’t commit for the long term, the two decided to make the change sooner rather than later.
It’s also possible that Page may have viewed Rosenberg as redundant. Much of Rosenberg’s job under Google’s old CEO, Eric Schmidt, was to run interference between product managers and top executives.
Larry Page, who plans to focus on product and likes to work with product managers directly, won’t need that kind of intermediary.
Rosenberg earned a $5 million stock bonus and $1.8 million cash bonus in 2010.
Here’s Rosenberg’s official bio:
Prior to joining Google in 2002, Jonathan founded, led and managed some of the most innovative product development teams of the Internet’s first era. He was the founding member of @Home’s product group and served as senior vice president of online products and services after the merger of Excite and @Home. Prior to that, Jonathan managed the eWorld product line for Apple Computer. Earlier, he was director of product marketing for Knight Ridder Information Services in Palo Alto, California, where he directed development of one of the first commercially deployed online relevance ranking engines and menu-driven Boolean search services for consumers.