It’s been just more than a year now since Google cofounder Larry Page re-gained the CEO job and re-organised the company under a handful of top lieutenants.
So, how have things gone for these top executives in the year since?
We’ve been speaking with a source close to a few of these people, and he or she helpfully dished.
We learned: Who are Page’s favourites? Who gets anything they want? Whose organisation is considered “a mess”?
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Title: Senior Vice President, Knowledge
Whispers: 'Alan runs knowledge and is well respected. He is the most senior engineering leader. People like him a lot.'
Bio, via Crunchbase:
'Alan Eustace is one of Google's senior vice president of search. He was previously SVP of engineering. He joined Google in the summer of 2002. Prior to Google, Alan spent 15 years at Digital/Compaq/HP's Western Research Laboratory where he worked on a variety of chip design and architecture projects, including the MicroTitan Floating Point unit, BIPS â€
Title: Senior Vice President, Mobile and Digital Content
Whispers: 'Andy is a known tyrant. He demands something and is unyielding. He may change his mind and then expect his teams to work overnight. But he gets his work done.'
Bio, via Crunchbase:
'Andrew Rubin is a technology pioneer, co-founder and former CEO of both Danger Inc. and Android. He is currently SVP of Mobile at Google, where he is reported to be overseeing the development of Android, an open-source operating system for smartphones.
Rubin got his start as an engineer at Apple Inc., and a later spin-off General Magic, where he worked on Magic Cap, an operating system and interface for hand-held devices. When Magic Cap failed to be successful, Rubin and others from General Magic formed Artemis Research, which became WebTV and was eventually acquired by Microsoft. After several years, Rubin left, and he and his collaborators formed Danger, Inc, which was later also acquired by Microsoft in February, 2008. Danger, Inc. is most notable for the Danger Hiptop (often branded as the T-Mobile Sidekick), which is phone with PDA-like capabilities. Disillusionment with his ouster as CEO of Danger led him to found Android, which was later acquired by Google and led to Rubin's current position. Andy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1986 from Utica College in Utica, New York.'
Title: Senior Vice President, Chrome and Apps
Whispers: 'Sundar is one of Larry's quiet favourites, as evidenced by the Twitter counter a while back. Sundar is quite measured and mature'
Bio, via Crunchbase:
Sundar Pichai is a Senior Vice President of Chrome at Google. He was previously VP of Product Management at Google. Sundar joined Google in 2004. He leads the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google's search and consumer products, including iGoogle, Google Toolbar, Google Chrome, Desktop Search and Gadgets, Google Pack, and Gears.
Sundar brings more than 12 years of experience developing high-tech consumer and enterprise products. Before joining Google, he held various engineering and product management positions at Applied Materials, and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company for a variety of software and semiconductor clients.
Sundar received a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology and was awarded an Institute Silver Medal. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.
Title: Senior Vice President at Google and CEO of Motorola Mobility
Whispers: 'Woodside's promotion was a lateral move. It's a big opportunity but not one that is to be envious of.' Technically, Woodside reports to Page, but 'it doesn't seem that way,' says our source. 'Motorola is there to serve Android's objectives.'
Bio, via Google PR:
'Dennis Woodside oversaw Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, and is former president of Google's Americas region. He has worked with partners, governments and advertisers in more than 30 countries and represented Google on the BBC, at the Kremlin, with the Israeli president and on Egyptian television.
Most recently, Dennis was responsible for Google's Sales & Operations in the Americas. He managed the company's relationships with partners including Ford, Avon, Procter & Gamble, and advertising agencies such as Starcom, Mediacom and IPG. In the U.S. alone, Dennis and his team drove revenue from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in under three years. He also was the lead business partner for Google's advertising product development team, helping launch new ad products globally.
Dennis started his career at the company spearheading investment across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He was responsible for the overall go-to-market, product offering and acquisition strategies in these markets, which boasted a 20-fold increase during his tenure. Revenues grew to over $2 billion. Dennis also served as the managing director for Unit'
Google cofounder Sergey Brin's hush-hush research and development division, code-named Google X, might be bigger than most of us imagined.
According to a source who has been close to Google for years, Googlers are 'fleeing' to the division in droves, eager to work on something exciting and new.
Headcount is now up to 'hundreds of people,' says this source.