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Google announced several executive changes to its search team on Tuesday, shuffling some veteran Googlers into new roles as the tech giant moves to bolster and streamline its most important product.
These changes, which were announced internally in a memo to employees and first reported by Search Engine Land, include the appointments of three leads to oversee key areas of Google’s business under search chief Prabhakar Raghavan. A Google spokesperson confirmed the full details of the memo to Insider.
Elizabeth Reid has been appointed to a newly formed role overseeing Google’s core search experiences, which includes image search. Reid has been at Google since 2003 and was most recently VP of engineering for Geo and other Maps products. The product and engineering teams for core search products will now report into her.
Cathy Edwards, formerly a VP of engineering focused on Image Search, will now lead ecosystem products including Google Apps, News, and Discover and other efforts. Edwards has been at Google since 2016.
Sissie Hsiao, who has been at Google since 2006 and most recently oversaw display, video, and app advertising, has been appointed to lead Google Assistant product and engineering, taking over from Scott Huffman. It’s not clear if Huffman will remain at the company, but a Google spokesperson said he was still employed by Google.
The announcement also includes several other changes across the division, including a promotion for commerce lead Bill Ready, the former PayPal COO who joined Google last year.
Ready will now lead two other divisions in addition to commerce: payments and the Next Billion Users initiative, Google’s emerging markets division. Caesar Sengupta, who previously led the Next Billion Users initiative, announced last month that he planned to leave Google after 15 years with the company.
Additionally, Nick Fox, a VP of Search and Assistant, will move into a role focusing on long-term bets within Raghavan’s org, the company confirmed.
The email also noted that Dave Besbris, an engineering VP in Raghavan’s org, would be stepping down. The Google spokesperson said Besbris is still employed by Google, but it is unclear what his next role will be or if he will remain at the company.
Google promoted Raghavan to head of search last June as part of a major company reorganization. He replaced Ben Gomes, a Google veteran who moved into a new role overseeing the company’s education products. That reshuffle also put several of the company’s most important product groups under Raghavan, including Search, Assistant, and Ads.
These most recent changes shore up Raghavan’s leadership bench and could help his group move faster. They also solidify his role as one of the company’s most powerful executives, overseeing the company’s most profitable businesses.
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