The Biggest Hires and Departures at Google in 2022 – Business Insider

It was an uneven year for Google, which slowed hiring in the second half of 2022 amid fears of an incoming recession.
But the revolving door at Alphabet HQ continued nonetheless, with the year seeing some notable hires and exits from the search giant. That includes the appointment of a new role in CEO Sundar Pichai’s leadership team and some notable exits in the company’s cloud division. Google also snatched up some new talent for its efforts in artificial intelligence.
Here are Google’s biggest hires and exits of 2022.
A former partner at consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Manyika joined Google in February as senior vice president of technology and society. The newly-created role reports directly to CEO Sundar Pichai and focuses on the economic and societal impacts of technology.
The timing of the new role underlines how much has changed at Alphabet, which faces increased scrutiny over its technology, particularly in artificial intelligence, and is staring down multiple antitrust lawsuits. 
Arguably one of Alphabet’s biggest exits of 2022, YouTube’s chief business officer stepped down after 12 years at the company. Kyncl successfully helped YouTube forge key relationships with media partners and key creators, and — less successfully —  make moves into original content. 
Mary Ellen Coe, a 10-year Google veteran who previously worked on the company’s business partner program, was named Kyncl’s successor. Kyncl will become CEO of Warner Music Group in January.
Google’s strategy in healthcare has been somewhat messy in the past couple of years, but it’s a space the company certainly wants to be in. Earlier this year Google hired former Food and Drug Administration digital health chief Bakul Patel to work on its health strategy. The hire came shortly after Google lost its former advisor, Robert Califf, who returned to the FDA late last year.
In a LinkedIn post announcing the news in May, Patel said he would be “helping build a unified digital health and regulatory strategy” at Alphabet. That will likely include work on Verily, the company’s life sciences unit that sits among a constellation of Google’s other bets. 
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google planned to merge teams working on its two mapping products, Google Maps and Waze. The move was one many people saw as inevitable after the departure of former Waze CEO Noam Bardin.
As part of the restructuring, Waze CEO Neha Parikh announced she would depart the company, however, she intends to remain at Google for a few months to help oversee the Waze unit’s transition.
In September, DocuSign named Google veteran Allan Thygesen as its new CEO, succeeding Dan Springer.
Thygesen, who was with Google since 2010, most recently ran the company’s advertising sales business in North and South America. 
The PayPal-Google pipeline is alive and well: Before Google’s payments lead Bill Ready departed the company this year, another former PayPal exec, Arnold Goldberg, was hired to help run the division.
Goldberg has his work cut out for him. Google’s payments team saw a mass exodus of talent last year, Insider previously reported, and killed plans for a digital bank account service with partner Citigroup. Now the unit is seeing something of a reset as it attempts to catch Apple in the digital payments space. Before his departure, Ready told Bloomberg that Google wants to be “a connective tissue” in the finance industry, not a bank.
After 16 years at Google, Gayathri Rajan departed this year to join digital finance company DriveWealth.
Rajan founded the team behind Google Maps Platform, which allows businesses and developers to integrate Google’s mapping technology into their products. Before that, she worked on payments, Android, and monetizing Google Maps.
Shailesh Prakash, who spent over a decade helping transform the Washington Post’s digital platform, moved to Google in November to help run its News unit.
It’s a big get for Google: Prakash has been praised by Jeff Bezos for his leadership skills and was even viewed by some at the Washington Post as a CEO in waiting, Insider previously reported.
After 12 years running the company he founded, Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann stepped down in June and handed the reins to former PayPal and Google exec Bill Ready.
At Google, Ready led the payments and commerce division through a rocky period as the company tried to establish its financial strategy and catch Apple’s growing lead. 
In 2018, Apple purchased a machine learning startup named Laserlike co-founded by Srinivasan Venkatachary and two other former Google engineers. The acquisition was a way for Apple to bolster its search technology, including Siri.
But earlier this year, Venkatachary and his two Laserlike co-founders — Steven Baker and Anand Shukla — returned to Google, The Information reported. They now report to James Manyika, although the scope of their work is not clear.
Rob Enslin, Google Cloud’s global sales lead, departed the company in May this year, marking one of the most notable executive exits from the org.
A former executive at SAP, Enslin joined Google Cloud in 2019 shortly after CEO Thomas Kurian took the reins. He helped Kurian bring across other SAP executives, which some insiders say has dramatically changed the unit’s culture, Insider reported.
Following Enslin’s departure, Google shuffled some of its teams around, streamlining its sales and customer success organization, Protocol reported.
Ian Goodfellow, an Apple executive who led machine learning, departed the Cupertino company earlier this year over its strict return-to-office policies — and joined Google. Specifically, Goodfellow joined DeepMind, Google’s AI division, where he’s now an individual contributor.
It’s a boomerang hire for Google: Goodfellow previously worked as a senior researcher at the search giant, where he made a name as the pioneer of generative adversarial networks (GANs).
You may not have heard of Jeremy Doig, but his work on video compression for YouTube and Chrome has contributed to two of Google’s most popular products.
In March, Variety reported that Disney had hired the 18-year Google veteran to be the chief technology officer of its streaming platform. In a statement at the time, Doig said he was moving to Disney at a “crucial moment” in the entertainment industry.
In June, Google announced it had formed a new subsidiary that focuses on selling the company’s cloud products to the US government. A few weeks later it appointed Karen Dahut, a former sector president at tech consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, to run the unit.
Dahut’s job won’t be easy — the federal government is a competitive space for cloud computing — but multicloud deals will give Google a way to split contracts with rival firms. The company recently secured a Pentagon contract along with Microsoft and Amazon worth $9 billion. 
The new Google unit, and Dahut’s appointment, signal that Google sees a bigger opportunity in the public sector for its cloud business, which has become a top priority for the company.
In 2020, Google acquired data analytics platform Looker for $2.6 billion, marking the first major deal under the leadership of Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian.
Looker CEO and president Frank Bien stayed on until February of this year, Insider reported, and reported directly to Kurian. Shortly after Bein left, Google laid off dozens of support staff who were working on Looker. 
After more than 16 years, Google’s head of real estate David Radcliffe has passed the baton to Scott Foster, who joins from the Royal Bank of Canada. Radcliffe had intended to retire earlier but was swayed to stay on longer and help the company navigate the myriad of logistical challenges brought about by the pandemic.
The challenges aren’t over yet: Google is trying to balance remote and in-office working, while also expanding its real estate.
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