Vic Gundotra, head of Google+, is leaving the company effective immediately. After leading Google’s social network since its inception, Gundotra believes, “now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An “and then”. I am excited about what’s next.” He, however, did not disclose what he plans to do next.
In a heartfelt farewell blog post on Google+, Gundotra praised “the amazing people of Google. I don’t believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I’m overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. 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.”
CEO Larry Page also thanked Gundotra, in his own Google+ post, for “a tremendous almost eight years at Google” and for building Google+ “from nothing.”
“There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all his 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,” added Page.
Gundotra joined the search giant in 2007, after a 16-year long career at Microsoft as a general manager and a year off working on charitable causes.
David Besbris, a Google vice president of engineering, will now reportedly head the social network.