Google+ boss leaves Google after eight years

Avatar By Aaron Sims | 7 years ago

It is only fitting that Vic Gundotra, the Google senior VP known for his leadership in developing Google’s social network, Google+, announced his departure from the company Thursday on the platform he built.

“Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.” said Gundotra in a Google+ blog post. “I’m also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many.”

Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page confirmed the departure in a blog post of his own.

“Vic — thank you for a tremendous almost eight years at Google,” said Page. “You built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all your hard work and passion.”

Indeed, according to figures cited by Re/code, as of October 2013, Google+ could boast 300 million monthly active users of its social stream on Web and mobile, and 540 million including Google products that are “socially enhanced.”

The circumstances surrounding Gundotra’s departure are unclear, but an anonymous person recently posted on Secret – a social network for tech industry gossip – that Gundotra was interviewing elsewhere.

Dave Besbris, VP of Engineering for Google+, will take Gundotra’s spot at the helm of the social network, Re/code reports and Engadget confirms.  And CEO Page promised that the company would continue to invest in Google+.

“In the meantime we’ll continue working hard to build great new experiences for the ever increasing number of Google+ fans.”