NEW DELHI: Vic Gundotra, the high-profile Indian executive who headed the Google+ team at Google, is leaving the company. The announcement was made by Gundotra on his Google+ page.
“Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years,” wrote Gundotra. “I am excited about what’s next. But this isn’t the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years.”
Gundotra is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He earlier worked with Microsoft, handing the developers relations for the company. He joined Google in 2007 and along with Sundar Pichai, head of Android and Chrome division, Google Search boss Amit Singhal and Google business officer Nikesh Arora, formed a quartet of senior Indian executives who ran Google’s day to day operations.
“Vic built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all his hard work and passion. We’d like to wish Vic good luck with his next project after Google,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement.
Apart from being the man behind Google+, Gundotra was instrumental in making Google I/O, company’s annual conference for developers a success. The first Google I/O was held in 2008.
From the statements issued by Page and Gundotra, the resignation of Google+ boss looks like a routine affair. But at the same time there were reports based on inputs left in Secret, an app that allows anonymous social networking, that Gundotra was looking for a new job.
In his statement Gundotra praised Page. “I’m overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry’s encouragement and support,” he said.
According to reports at Recode.com and Marketingland.com, the new Google+ chief will be David Besbris, a Google engineer who is with Google+ team since 2008.