CORRECTED-Google's executive shuffle highlights its growing ambitions

Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:31pm EDT
 
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(Corrects second paragraph to note Page took the reins three years ago not four)

By Alexei Oreskovic

SAN FRANCISCO, July 17 (Reuters) - Google Inc's reshuffle of its senior ranks underscores the Internet company's evolving business ambitions, analysts say.

Three years after co-founder Larry Page took the reins back as chief executive officer, his team of lieutenants is clearly undergoing a refresh.

On Thursday, Google announced the surprise departure of its veteran business chief Nikesh Arora, who will become Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp.

Arora represents the latest in a string of personnel changes within Google's top ranks over the past 16 months, affecting major divisions from Youtube to its popular Android mobile software.

In some cases, the moves appear to be the result of personal circumstances or opportunities. Arora's role at SoftBank represents a promotion, analysts say.

But a half-dozen other top executives have left or switched roles in recent months. They included the departed Vic Gundotra, who oversaw the Google+ social network; and Salar Kamangar, who was CEO of YouTube before moving to another role.

Fresh faces now pictured on Google's senior management page include Craig Barratt, whose responsibilities include efforts building broadband networks and delivering wireless Internet access, and Lorraine Twohill, the head of marketing who was recently promoted to senior vice president.   Continued...