POWER PLAYERS: 23 top executives and product leaders inside Google who are shaping the future of the company
- Business Insider has identified 23 power players inside Google.
- From product leaders to C-suite executives, these are the people driving the most important parts of Google's business.
- They're also leading Google through one of its greatest challenges to date: a global pandemic.
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Alphabet may be the name of the game these days, but everything still orbits around its most valuable company: Google.
Google has just over 100,000 employees on its payroll, and more than 120,000 temps and contractors. It's a huge business with an ever-changing org chart that reflects its collaborative and flexible work culture.
Business Insider has identified 23 power players inside the company right now. From product managers to C-Suite execs, these are the people who are calling the shots and driving Google's key businesses.
Be sure to also check out our list of the 15 Google execs who report directly to Sundar Pichai.
Here's our list of power players, in alphabetical order. Think we've missed someone important? Drop the author an email at [email protected]
Matt Brittin – President, EMEA Business and Operations
Matt Brittin joined Google as managing director of its UK and Ireland operations in 2007, and now oversees all of Google's operations across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
A former Olympic rower, Brittin is based in London and is the company's lead European spokesperson, from announcing new products and partnerships, to being grilled by MPs over company tax issues.
Brittin helps Google navigate the European regulatory environment, which has grown increasingly hostile to the tech giants.
Keith Enright – Chief Privacy Officer
As Google's privacy chief, Enright leads the global privacy team in crafting and implementing the various privacy and data policies across Google's products and services.
"I set the priorities for the privacy program at Google," Enright wrote in a blog post in 2018 announcing his promotion to his current role, "including continually challenging ourselves to make sure our privacy and security tools, policies, and practices are as user-focused as every other aspect of our business."
You may have seen Enright testifying on Capitol Hill in 2018 when lawmakers grilled the company over a range of issues including data, privacy, and allegations of political bias.
Enright reports to Kent Walker, Google's SVP of global affairs.
Jeff Dean — Head of Google AI
Jeff Dean is another Google veteran who jumped aboard in 1999 and now oversees its entire AI division, reporting directly to the CEO.
After joining Google's X lab in 2011 to work on deep neural networks, Dean formed the Google Brain research group that still exists as part of the AI org today.
Dean has a huge interest in the health sector – some of Google's early health projects came out of Brain – making him the perfect line manager and collaborator for Google Health VP David Feinberger.
Jerry Dischler – VP/GM of Ads
Jerry Dischler now oversees Google Ads and reports to the new head of Search and Geo, Prabhakar Raghavan.
Before that he was VP of ads platforms and Google properties, leading product and engineering for ads across YouTube, search and Maps.
Dischler joined Google in 2005 and began as a product manager for Google's commerce efforts, which eventually became Google Pay and Google Shopping.
Corey duBrowa — VP, Global Communications and Public Affairs
Corey duBrowa is Google's head of communications and joined the company in 2018 after running PR strategy for Starbucks and Salesforce.
With his own team of more than 200 staffers and the CEO's ear, duBrowa is a powerful figure in shaping Google's image and leading the company's vast comms team. He also reports directly to CEO Sundar Pichai.
David Feinberg – VP, Google Health
Google sees healthcare as a big potential win and has centralized its efforts under the Google Health team, which now has more than 500 employees, according to a CNBC report from February.
At the top of that team is David Feinberg, who joined the company in early 2019 and reports to AI lead Jeffrey Dean. Under Feinberg's guidance, Google Health is exploring ways to leverage Google's artificial intelligence and other technologies in healthcare.
Google Health is independent to Alphabet's other two life science companies, Verily and Calico, although insiders say it is common for employees to move between Verily and Google Health.
Jen Fitzpatrick – SVP, Core Systems & Experiences at Google
Jen Fitzpatrick is another Google executive – and one of Sundar Pichai's direct reports – to get a recent major promotion, putting her at the top of Google's central engineering team.
Fitzpatrick, who joined Google during the company's first internship program in 1999, made her name at Google leading the Geo and Maps team.
She'll now lead an 8,000-strong army of engineers and work on the company's core infrastructure, and continues to report directly to the CEO.
Ben Gomes – SVP, Learning and Education
Ben Gomes spent years running core search at Google before taking charge of the entire search division in 2018 – and taking the baton from the outgoing John Giannandre.
But in June, Google announced that Gomes would move over to lead Google's efforts in education, though he will remain a technical advisor for search.
Gomes is another member of Team 1999 and one of the few Google "Fellows," making him one of the most established VPs in the company. Putting Gomes in charge of its education and learning division also hints at how seriously Google is taking this part of its business right now.
Urs Hölzle – SVP, Technical Infrastructure
Urs joined Google in 1999 as the first VP of engineering – and one of its first 10 employees. Urs has overseen the design and development of the infrastructure that powers Google's services.
He's currently on the Google Cloud team, reporting to Thomas Kurian, where he's working to put that infrastructure in the hands of developers. As Google focuses aggressively on growing its cloud business, Urs is an integral piece of the puzzle.
Thomas Kurian – Google Cloud CEO
Google's Cloud business is in full acceleration mode right now as it races to catch Amazon's and Microsoft's lead. Thomas Kurian is in the driving seat and already making quite an impact.
One insider who worked with both Kurian and previous Cloud CEO Diane Greene described Kurian as "a move back to a sales-oriented culture at the top."
That could be key to Google brokering the types of partnerships that will guarantee its success – and perhaps hit the 2023 deadline it reportedly set itself to overtake Amazon or Microsoft.
Hiroshi Lockheimer — SVP, Platforms and Ecosystems
Hiroshi Lockheimer oversees Google's various mobile platforms including Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, and Play.
Lockheimer joined Google after the company acquired Android and ascended the ranks through VP of engineering before, in 2015, Pichai appointed him SVP of Google's mobile software efforts.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, where he lived until the age of 18, Lockheimer moved back and forth between the US until he joined Andy Rubin's company Danger, Inc in 2000 and, after that, Palm, Inc. In 2006 he joined Google, where he has remained ever since.
Rick Osterloh — SVP, Devices and Services
Google is getting more serious about hardware as it takes the fight to major competitors such as Apple, and it's banking on Rick Osterloh to make it happen.
Building the perfect Android phone is still one of Osterloh's chief concerns – something he once called "a forever goal" – but his team also oversees the company's range of smart home products, such as its Nest Hub smart screens and Pixelbook laptops.
Osterloh recently announced his division would also be acquiring Canadian smart glasses maker North, suggesting augmented reality wearables is another area he'll be chasing in the months and years to come.
Sundar Pichai – Alphabet and Google CEO
Sundar Pichai has been chief executive officer of Google since 2015, but was appointed CEO of the entire Alphabet empire late last year, as Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped aside.
Before taking either captain's chair, Pichai rose through the ranks through his work on Google's Chrome products, including the browser and Chrome OS, while his work leading Android development secured his position as a Google MVP before his ascension to the very top.
Pichai, along with his inner circle of direct reports, is currently leading Google through a pandemic, which is shaping up to not only be his biggest trial as the company chief, but one of the greatest challenge Google has ever faced.
Ruth Porat — SVP and CFO of Google and Alphabet
Ruth Porat is Google and Alphabet's chief financial officer, and one of the Pichai's closest associates.
Porat, who joined Google in 2015 before the company structure was blown up into Alphabet, oversees spending in all of the company's subsidiaries, including Verily, Loon, and Waymo.
Before Google, Porat was CFO and executive vice president of Morgan Stanley where she earned the reputation of "the most powerful woman on Wall Street".
Prabhakar Raghavan — Head of Search
Prabhakar Raghavan may be Google's biggest rising star right now. Having previously led Google's ads and commerce team (and G Suite in Google Cloud before that), Raghavan was recently promoted to head of Search and Assistant.
The co-author of two books on search and algorithms, Raghavan will certainly be comfortable in his new appointment where he'll also oversee ads, Geo, commerce and payments, and NBU (Next Billion Users).
It means Raghavan is now in charge of a team spanning both search and e-commerce – a huge combined responsibility.
Philipp Schindler — SVP and Chief Business Officer
Philipp Schindler joined the company in 2005 as managing director for Google's ad business in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Nordic countries.
He later took the job of chief business officer when Google restructured itself under Alphabet in 2015. Schindler's job is to oversee and drive sales activities and partnerships across Google's range of businesses – everything from YouTube to Google X.
Some analysts believe the work Schindler has done to push much broader ad deals with bigger players could help protect Google's core moneymaking business as it's battered by the pandemic.
Bonita Stewart – VP, Global Partnerships
Bonita Stewart has been with Google since 2006 and worked on its business strategy for its travel, finance, and automotive verticals.
Now she oversees relationships with major publishers across search, mobile, broadcast, Google News, and commerce. She's also helped drive some notable developments with Google's publishing partners, including a push towards mobile-friendly articles that load more quickly.
As a leader of Google's News Initiative, Stewart has been busy during the pandemic with, launching initiatives such as the Journalism Emergency Relief Fund.
Stewart she was named one of Ad Age's "Women to Watch" in 2011 and Crain's New York Business' "Most Powerful Women" list in 2017.
Astro Teller – Captain of Moonshots
Before Alphabet was Alphabet, Google's "moonshot" projects all lived within its X research division. Today, it still acts as an incubator for these ideas, but the company has tried spinning out the more successful projects into independent entities under Alphabet.
It takes someone with a name like Astro Teller to be captain of Google's moonshots division – and yes, captain is his official title.
Teller, who is known to travel around the office on roller blades, took the reins of Google's moonshots factory in 2010 and continues to help nurture new idea into companies that can eventually stand on their own.
Lorraine Twohill — SVP of Global Marketing
Google's first marketing hire outside of the US, Twohill joined Google in 2003 and now drives the company's entire marketing division.
Born and raised in Ireland, Twohill oversees global marketing for all of Google's products and services. She also created Google's in-house advertising agency Creative Lab.
Twohill was voted one of Business Insider's most innovative chief marketing officers of 2020. "She's humanized Google with Super Bowl Sunday ads like one for Google Translate in 2019 and a tearjerker of an ad called "Loretta" in 2020 in which a virtual assistant helped a man remember his late wife," we wrote.
Elizabeth Reid and Dane Glasgow – Co-heads of Geo
With Jen Fitzpatrick now taking charge of Google's core engineering team, Elizabeth Reid and Dane Glasgow are co-leads on the Geo business. And it's a big business – Google says more than 1 billion people use its Maps service every month.
Elizabeth Reid was Google's first female engineer when she joined the company in 2003 and developed some of Google Maps' early key functions, including Search by Location. By 2006 she was managing the New York Maps team.
Dane Glasgow was a relative latecomer to Google, joining from Neoglyphic Entertainment. Before that he was a VP at eBay. Reid and Glasgow now report to Prabakar Raghavan.
Kent Walker — SVP, Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer
As senior VP for Global Affairs and Google's chief legal officer, longtime employee Kent Walker is Google's top lawyer.
Walker reports directly to Sundar Pichai and advises the leadership team on various legal, policy, and trust and safety issues.
He counts top legal jobs at eBay and Netscape on his CV, and was once referred to in a Bloomberg article as "the most powerful person in tech you've never heard of."
Walker was promoted to the top job in 2018, and his more public-facing legal role has been compared to that of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who stopped serving as Google's technical advisor earlier this year.
Susan Wojcicki — YouTube CEO
In 2006, after seeing how successfully YouTube was competing with Google's own video service, Susan Wojcicki proposed that Google buy its competitor outright. Thus YouTube became part of the Google family, and has grown into one of its most successful acquisitions ever.
Wojcicki, whose home garage was the location of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin's first office in 1998, made her mark at the company by developing the company's advertising and analytics products such as AdWords, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics.
In 2014 she was appointed YouTube CEO and has overseen the launch of all its major products including YouTube TV and YouTube Premium. Google recently started breaking out YouTube's revenue in its earnings, revealing that the video business brought in $4.04 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2020 – a 33% year-over-year growth.
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