Google Senior Vice President of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg is leaving the search engine as Larry Page assumes the CEO role. Some believe this is par for the course with Page's management structure.
theorists believe the departure of Jonathan Rosenberg, Google senior vice
president for product management, the same day company co-founder Larry Page assumed
the CEO role is more than just an
believe Rosenberg's exit is tied to the fact that Page is rumored
to have overhauled and streamlined the management
structure to have product managers work independently and report directly to
him. YouTube, Android and Google's new Slide unit function as fairly autonomous
seem to leave little room for the role assumed by Rosenberg, who served as a
sort of buffer between product managers and Google CEO-turned executive
chairman Eric Schmidt since he joined the company in 2002.
A person with
knowledge of Google's management situation said Rosenberg's exit is related to
the change in management structure. However, it's not because Page is squeezing
him out, the source told eWEEK.
vowed along with Schmidt and co-founder Sergey Brin to stay at Google until
2024, wants his senior executives to make multi-year commitments to remain at
unable to make this commitment because he had planned to leave Google when his
daughter leaves for college in 2013. Rosenberg, who sent out a letter
explaining his position to Google employees Monday, corroborated this story in
with the MercuryNews.com
going to have to decide how he wants to handle the responsibilities that
[Rosenberg] has been doing for the last nine years," the source told
to take time off this summer before returning to Google in a consulting role. He
is also co-authoring a book with Schmidt about Google's management culture,
which will, no doubt, be one of the most anticipated works about Google,
following a raft of Google-geared tomes written by high-profile authors such as
certainly one of the more passionate Google managers who knew what those
interested in Google wanted to hear.
ceased participating in quarterly earnings calls last year, it was Rosenberg
who provided the company product outlook spiel to financial analysts.
Rosenberg who told
analysts on the company's third-quarter
earnings call last October that Google's display-ad and mobile-search-ad run rates
hit $2.5 billion and $1 billion a year, respectively.
Schmidt and Page have nothing but praise for Rosenberg. Schmidt
said: "Jonathan is phenomenal-hugely energetic, strategic, a man of
real principle who always puts the user first. He's been crucial to our success
over the last nine years and I cannot thank him enough for everything he's
done. It's been wonderful working with him-and great fun."
in: "We tried to hire Jonathan multiple times because he was the only
person we could imagine doing the job. It's lucky we were so persistent because
he's built an amazing team-hiring great people, who've created amazing products
that have benefited over a billion users around the world."