Google has announced that it has appointed Prabhakar Raghavan as the head of Search and Assistant. Raghavan will be replacing Ben Gomes, who is shifting to a new role in the organization, and will report to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.
Raghavan’s educational background
Raghavan completed his Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, and then obtained a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Raghavan’s time at Google
Raghavan has been with Google since 2012. He was the Vice President of Google Apps as well as Google Cloud services, overseeing the development and user experience before becoming the head for Google’s an advertising and commerce business. Prior to Google, Raghavan has worked in other big companies such as Yahoo and IBM.
Raghavan’s main achievement in Google so far has been growing Gmail and Drive to the 1 billion active users per month. He has also introduced features such as G Suite, including Smart Reply, Smart Compose, Drive Quick Access.
Pichai announced the move
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai made the announcement to his employees, stating: “For Prabhakar, this new role brings his experience with search full circle. He’s spent more than two decades obsessing over algorithms and ranking, and his association with Google Search predates Google.“
He further said: “A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Prabhakar is one of the most respected engineering minds in our field. His experience working across so many of our product areas gives him the perfect lens to spot the seams between them.“
Source: India Times