Vic Gundotra, the senior vice president of social at Google, has today announced on his Google+ page that he will be leaving Google after 8 years of working for the company, in which time he has been responsible for all mobile applications, Google+ and even the creation of Google’s conference, Google I/O, prior to which he worked at Microsoft as the General Manager of Platform Evangelism.

The executive didn’t explain where he plans on going next, simply writing that “the journey yet to come” on his goodbye letter.

“Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years,” wrote Gundotra. “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”.

According to Recode, Larry Page the co-founder and CEO of Google, already has a replacement for Gundotra, appointing David Besbris, the current vice president of engineering, as his successor.

At the moment that last part is simply speculation from what Recode say came from unnamed sources, and as of yet Page has yet to confirm Gundotra’s replacement, he has however written the following message.

“Vic — thank you for a tremendous almost eight years at Google. 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,” wrote Page. “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.”

If we hear anything more, we will be sure to update you.

Source: Vic Gundotra

Source: Larry Page

Via: Recode

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