Google CEO Page Promotes Android, Chrome, YouTube Managers
Google CEO Larry Page elevated Andy Rubin, Sundar Pichai and Salar Kamangar to report directly to him for their respective Android, Chrome and YouTube units.Google CEO Larry Page reorganized his senior management team April 7, promoting high-level executives to head business lines and report directly to him. The move is telling considering Jonathan Rosenberg, senior vice president of product management under former CEO Eric Schmidt, stepped down a few days ago. Rosenberg's role, according to sources at the company, was to run interference between product managers and Schmidt.
While Google and Rosenberg said he departed amicably because he couldn't commit to the long-term involvement Page demanded of his managers, Page's latest reorganization underscores how he excised the manager of product management.
Some of Google's more successful units, including Rubin's Android division and Kalamangar's YouTube video-sharing Website, have enjoyed great success running in an autonomous fashion. Android has piled up 33 percent U.S. market share and is shipping on more than 300,000 handsets a day, not to mention tablets, TVs and other computing gadgets. YouTube, meanwhile, has helped the company enjoy a $2.5 billion run-rate in display ads and is transforming into a broadcast platform.