Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian is reorganizing the expertise, Eyal Manor is leaving
Thomas Kurian, Chief Executive Officer of Cloud Services at Google LLC, speaks during the Google Cloud Next ’19 event in San Francisco, California, United States, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The conference brings together industry experts to discuss the future of Expect cloud to discuss.
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Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, is shaking up the unit’s engineering organization to gain market share faster.
Kurian announced a number of changes in its technical leadership in an email to staff viewed by CNBC on Friday. This includes replacing Eyal Manor, who, according to the email, led engineering and key cloud products including Anthos for five years.
Manor, who has been with Google for nearly 15 years, will find another position within the company, the email said.
Brad Calder will take over from Manor. A Google Cloud spokesperson told CNBC that Calder will also oversee security and data analytics in a broader role than Manor previously held. Calder will report to Kurian in a change that Kurian said will allow the technical teams to “work more closely with me and the cloud leadership team as well as” [Google CEO] Sundar [Pichai] and the Google executive team “on the longer-term strategy.
“With over 15 years of cloud experience, Brad has the proven expertise to take on a broader role to shape and drive the overall strategy,” Kurian wrote for Google Cloud.
Some aspects of Calder’s new role were previously reported by ZDnet.
Pali Bhat, design and product vice president, will assist Calder with the transition, Kurian wrote.
The restructuring is designed to help further expand Google Cloud’s market share while also streamlining an organization that has skyrocketed in recent years since it was acquired by Kurian.
With a 10% market share in the second quarter, the company is clearly behind market leaders Amazon with 33% and Microsoft with 20%, according to Synergy. However, since Kurian took over in late 2018, it has made progress. According to Synergy, Google only had about 7% share in the fourth quarter of 2018.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to grow the business further by expanding our entire addressable market in new ways,” Kurian said in his email. “As the market changes, the needs of our products will evolve, and it is important that we evolve our organization to support that growth.”
Kurian also said that the Google Cloud Platform and the organization of the technical infrastructure have more than doubled in recent years and the “requirements for designing a long-term strategy while concentrating on day-to-day business have continued to increase.”
“We therefore felt it was the right time to unite the broad portfolio under Brad Calder,” he said in his email.
Kurian also outlined other changes affecting the cloud’s data organization, core and systems infrastructure teams, chief of staff, and application teams. He said that Manor’s departure will also create an opportunity for a new leader to lead the company’s Application Modernization Platform (AMP) and, until that role is filled, he would appoint several other leaders to take on more responsibility.
Manor is at least the third VP to have left the cloud entity in the past few months. Google fired developer relations vice president Amr Awadallah in July after issuing a manifesto admitting “former” anti-Semitism, which CNBC found after months of dissatisfaction among its reporters. This caused one of “a series of organizational changes” that were already underway, Manor said at the time.