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Google+ mastermind Vic Gundotra departs Google

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Vic Gundotra, one of Google’s most visible product chiefs, has left the company.

In a Google+ post, the exec gave no clues about his next move, saying, “Now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. … I am excited about what’s next. But this isn’t the day to talk about that.”

At his departure, Gundotra held the title Senior Vice President, Social. As such, he was responsible for the creation and growth of Google+, the company’s overarching social strategy.

He had been at Google for nearly eight years. Prior to that, he worked at Microsoft.

He will be replaced in his role by engineering VP David Besbris.

CEO Larry Page also posted on the move:

You [Gundotra] 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. … Good luck with your next project after Google.

viaRecode

More information:

Gundotra joined Microsoft in 1991 and eventually became General Manager of Platform Evangelism. His duties included promoting Microsoft's APIs and platforms to independent developers and helping to develop a strategy for Windows Live o... read more »

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