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After eight incredibly successful years with Google, Vic Gundotra, the father of Google+, has announced he’s leaving the company. The news of the SVP of Engineering’s departure first broke via Re/Code, after Gundotra took to Google+ to formally announce the news.

“Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years,” announces Gundotra in his ‘goodbye’ post. He continues, “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. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team.”

After eight incredibly successful years with Google, Vic Gundotra, the father of Google+, has announced he’s leaving the company.

As is often the case with the departure of major execs, there’s not a lot of details on why he is choosing to leave the company. Gundotra does state, however, that it is “time for a new journey. A continuation.” Gundotra says he’s excited for what’s next, and honored by all he’s accomplished at Google.

Shortly after Gundotra announced his departure, Larry Page also took to Google+ to honor the man with some kind words:

You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great. When I first used turn-by-turn navigation, it blew me away. And, walking onto the stage at I/O last year, it was amazing to see developers so excited about Google. These were vintage Vic projects.

Then you 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. I really enjoy using Google+ on a daily basis, especially the auto awesome movies which I really love sharing with my family and friends. Good luck with your next project after Google. In the meantime we’ll continue working hard to build great new experiences for the ever increasing number of Google+ fans.

So what’s next for Google and Google+?

That’s a great question, though obviously one we don’t have any immediate answer to. In his G+ response, Larry Page made it clear that they will continue working as a company to expand Google+, but there’s no denying that Gundotra’s departure will affect the future direction of the growing social network.

Thankfully, Google+ has come a long way since its founding, in large part thanks to Gundotra’s efforts. These days there are many loyal Google+ fans and its pretty obvious that the service is a priority for Google. Still, it’s sad to see Vic go.

Gundotra’s resignation goes into effect immediately, so who’s taking his place? While Google has yet to formally announce their plans, Re/Code claims that sources suggest Google VP of engineering David Besbris may likely be taking the role. Another possible candidate is Google+ product head Bradley Horowitz.

We’ll be sure to keep you informed as we learn more about Gundotra’s departure and Google’s plans to replace him, so be sure to stay tuned to Android Authority.

 

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