Google+ chief Vic Gundotra departs after eight-year stint

Vic Gundotra, who heads Google+, has announced departure from the company after almost 8 years. Needless to say, the official announcement comes via a Google+ post, wherein Gundotra has penned down his experience working for Google, but hasn't specified any further plans.


“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. 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,” he said.


Gundotra had a stint with Microsoft before joining Google in 2007. He was VP of engineering responsible for developer evangelism and open source programs like Android, and later took to Google's troubled social initiatives. According to Android Police,” He's one of those rare individuals who can talk about highly technical subjects in an engaging way.”


Commenting on Gundotra's post, Google CEO Larry page said, "You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great. When I first used turn-by-turn navigation, it blew me away. And, walking onto the stage at I/O last year, it was amazing to see developers so excited about Google. These were vintage Vic projects. Then you 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 your hard work and passion. I really enjoy using Google+ on a daily basis, especially the auto awesome movies which I really love sharing with my family and friends."


According to Re/code, VP of Engineering David Besbris will now replace Gundotra. The report also points out that Brad Horowitz, Google+'s product head, was also considered for the position.

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