Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, is reorganizing the engineering unit within the hope of gaining market share extra shortly
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 engineering organization of the unit to gain more market share faster.
In an email to staff, Kurian announced a number of changes in its technical leadership, including the replacement of Eyal Manor, who has been responsible for development and key Google Cloud products for the past five years and for nearly 15 years works for the company, according to an email viewed by CNBC.
Manor, who led engineering and key Google product Anthos, will be looking for another position within the company, Kurian said in an email.
Brad Calder will assume responsibility for Manor and oversee the product and development for the Google Cloud Platform. Calder will report to Thomas 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 Sundar and the Google leadership team” on a longer-term strategy.
“With over 15 years of cloud experience, Brad has the proven expertise to take on a broader role in shaping and driving the overall strategy for GCP,” he wrote. (Some aspects of Calder’s new role were previously reported by ZDnet.)
Pali Bhat, VP of Design and Product, will help Calder make the transition, he noted.
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 market share of 10% in the second quarter, according to Synergy, the company is well behind the market leader Amazon (33%) and second Microsoft (20%), although it has grown since the takeover by Kurian at the end of 2018 – starting in the fourth quarter In 2018, Google only had a 7% share, Synergy estimates.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to grow the business further by expanding our entire addressable market in new ways,” Kurian said in his memo. “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). Kurian stated that he would appoint several other leaders until they find someone 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 posting a manifesto admitting anti-Semitism. This in itself caused one of “a series of organizational changes” that were already underway, Manor said at the time.
Kurian thanked Manor and congratulated the more than a dozen leaders who will take on new or expanded roles.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.