Google Splitting Up Mapping and Commerce, Former SVP Jeff Huber Joins Google XBy: Josh Wolford - March 14, 2013
Google is shaking things up even more today as the Wall Street Journal reports that the company is breaking up their mapping and commerce units.
According to the report, Google’s mapping unit will become part of the search division, and the commerce will fall under the advertising division.
The personnel blowback of this is that Google SVP Jeff Huber is out of a job – but not really. He’s actually moving on to another Google unit.
Huber joined Google back in 2003 and up until now was the Senior Vice President of Geo and Commerce, overseeing maps, payments, and travel. He also led engineering & development for AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and for Google Apps.
Huber will be joining Google X, the Sergey Brin-led secret projects wings of Google that is responsible for the company’s crazier ideas – like Google Glass.
Finishing up my first decade at Google, and excited to begin the next one at Google X. What would you like to see X do next?
— Jeff Huber (@jhuber) March 14, 2013
Of course, this isn’t the only big shift at Google this week. Yesterday, we told you that longtime Android head Andy Rubin was stepping down and being replaced by Sundar Pichai, SVP of Chrome and apps. Google CEO Larry Page said that Rubin would be starting a “new chapter” at Google, but didn’t do into any more details? Is everyone running to Google X?
In other, non-personnel-related drama, Google also announced that they were shutting down Google Reader on July 1st. So much drama in the MVHQ.[Wall Street Journal]