Bengaluru: $100 billion worth ad business of Google has made a major change in its managerial cadre as India-born Prabhakar Raghavan will be the new chief manager. The replacement of the company’s most important business came in half a decade.
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO said in a statement that he “can think of no better person to lead our monetization efforts” than Raghavan.
“Prabhakar has incredible management experience and the deep technical expertise to match.” –Sundar Pichai
Previously, Raghavan had worked as head of the Google’s business-application unit, where he was responsible for the growth of the company’s cloud-based apps including Drive, Docs and Hangouts to an enterprise service called G Suite that has more than 4 million paying customers at present.
Raghavan also had helped Artificial Intelligence powered smart features such as Smart Reply and Smart Compose in Gmail which suggest the relevant response to emails along with that he had also co-authored some of the patents.
After finishing his graduation from IIT-Madras he went to the University of California for Ph.D. Before joining Google, he worked as a research hand for IBM and also ran Yahoo labs.
Raghavan has had a strong background in AI and will be finding his niche by replacing Sridhar Ramaswamy who is departing to join venture firm Greylock Partners as a venture partner.
“I have been extremely privileged to have spent the past 15 years at Google, where I focused on starting and scaling new businesses and platforms. I have always been drawn to earlier-stage entrepreneurial projects and becoming a venture partner at Greylock is an exceptional way to explore these types of opportunities.” –Sridhar Ramaswamy
Raghavan, 58, said his first priority will be to provide continuity to the ad businesses,
“The ecosystem remains strong. The business remains strong. The team is fantastic. My focus is on how to take that fantastic machine and keep it going rather than being a bull in a china shop.” –Sridhar Ramaswamy