Amit Singhal, Google’s Senior Vice President of Search, will leave the company and be replaced by the head of the technology Artificial Intelligence business.
Google parent Alphabet Inc said Wednesday that Amit Singhal, the longtime chief of its Internet search business, will retire.
Amit Singhal will be replaced by John Giannandrea, currently a vice president of engineering, after 15 years of his service.
26 February 2016 will be the last day for Amit Singhal in Google. He will continue to be part of philanthropy. “I am eager to see what kind of impact I can make philanthropically.” He said, “and of course, to spend more time with my family — especially with my wife who I miss spending time with given our incredibly busy lives, and our son who will go to college soon, leaving an empty nest behind.”
Amit said “search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day.” John Giannandrea, who has led lots of artificial intelligence efforts such as RankBrain, will be stepping into Singhal’s role. Giannandrea has been with Google for six years and is the vice president of engineering at Google.
Amit Singhal posted a retirement message on his Google Plus profile as well.
Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search quality is on leave from the company in July 2014 till today.
Google’s stock fell after Singhal announced his retirement. Google closed down 4.03 percent at $749.38, the largest decline since August.