Google+ Head Vic Gundotra Exits

Randy Merrill

The head of Google+ is leaving the company after eight years, according to reports.

Vic Gundotra, who helped create a social network for Google, will be leaving the company immediately, according to the Re/Code. Gundotra joined Google in 2007 after spending 15 years at Microsoft.

“Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years,” Gundotra in a 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 chief executive and founder Larry Page posted on Google+, "Vic 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 his hard work and passion.”
Vice president of engineering David Besbris is expected to replace Gundotra. Besbris joined Google in 2008 after spending almost a decade with AOL.
But why is Gundotra in such a hurry to leave? It seems as if the tech veteran is jumping ship to a new venture that needs his help immediately. If that's the case we'll learn about the new project shortly.
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