- Google Cloud saw many notable executive exits and new hires in 2022.
- Several execs who departed in 2022 joined in the year after Thomas Kurian became CEO.
- Key sales and customer-experience execs left the firm as it hired in cybersecurity and Web3.
Google Cloud lost several top executives in 2022, and the exits have continued into this year. The Information reported last week that Google Cloud’s top US sales executive, Kirsten Kliphouse, was leaving the company along with one of her lieutenants.
But the firm scooped up several leaders in the cloud space in 2022, including longtime veterans of its top rival, Amazon Web Services.
Google Cloud, the third-biggest public-cloud provider, is growing faster but still much smaller than its main competitors, AWS and Microsoft Azure. Google Cloud is a key priority for its parent company, Alphabet, but under pressure to achieve profitability.
Several of the executives who left Google in 2022 were hires made by CEO Thomas Kurian during a 2019 hiring spree in which he poached top talent from cloud-industry leaders like SAP and Oracle.
Another executive, Mandiant CEO Kevin Mandia, joined Google Cloud when Alphabet acquired his firm to boost its cybersecurity suite.
Meanwhile, the top Looker exec who went to Google with its acquisition of the data-analytics firm in 2020 left the company early last year.
Below is a list of the key executives who left Google Cloud in 2022 — and the most important new hires.
Exit: Carolee Gearhart
Gearhart, Google Cloud’s channel chief, left the company in January following a reorganization that combined its ecosystem and channel sales teams into a single partner organization under Kevin Ichhpurani, a corporate vice president and the head of global ecosystem and business development.
At Google Cloud, Gearhart was responsible for the Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace channel business around the world, according to her LinkedIn profile. She also oversaw the global organization for sales to small and midsize businesses.
Before Google Cloud, she worked for Oracle, SAP, and GE Digital.
Gearhart joined the fitness startup Gympass as its chief revenue officer in March.
Exit: Frank Bien
Bien, a Looker vice president, left Google Cloud in February, two years after Google acquired the data-analytics company for $2.4 billion.
Bien, who reported directly to Kurian, was the CEO of Looker before the acquisition and stayed on as a vice president after the company sold to Google in February 2020.
In April 2021, Google Cloud hired Gerrit Kazmaier, an executive from SAP, as the vice president and general manager overseeing its big data products, including Looker. Kazmaier remains in that role today.
Bien left Google Cloud shortly before it laid off dozens of its support staffers. Many of the people affected by the layoffs were part of Looker.
He advertises himself as an advisor and investor on his LinkedIn profile but has not listed a new employer.
Exit: Debanjan Saha
Saha, Google Cloud’s vice president and general manager of data analytics, left the company in February after a 2 ½-year stint. In his role, he oversaw BigQuery, Google Cloud’s enterprise-data-analytics warehouse.
He was named CEO of DataRobot in October after joining the artificial-intelligence cloud platform as its chief operating officer earlier that year.
Exit: Gabriel Indalecio
As the global head of Google Cloud’s sales-operations center of excellence, Indalecio led the cloud provider’s sales-operations organization. He left in March to take a similar role at NetApp, the hybrid-cloud company led by Kurian’s twin brother, George Kurian.
After joining the company in August 2020, Indalecio departed amid a wave of Google Cloud executive exits in the first half of 2022.
Before joining Google Cloud, Indalecio spent 24 years at Microsoft.
Hire: Tom Garvens
Garvens joined Google Cloud as its vice president of hardware-platform engineering in April after 20 years at Dell Technologies.
Exit: Rob Enslin
Enslin, Google Cloud’s president of sales who reported to Kurian, left the company in May to assume the co-CEO role at UiPath, a company that provides enterprise automation software.
With Enslin’s departure came a consolidation of Google Cloud’s sales and customer-service organization, along with the exit of John Jester, the vice president of customer experience.
Enslin is credited with building Google Cloud’s international sales division by tapping industry leaders from Salesforce, Oracle, and SAP.
He worked at SAP for nearly three decades before joining Google Cloud in spring 2019, a few months after Kurian took the helm of the public-cloud provider. At the time, he was one of several longtime SAP veterans Kurian poached as he began to build an executive team that could help Google Cloud compete against the market leaders Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
Exit: John Jester
Jester, Google Cloud’s vice president of customer experience, left the company in May for a job as chief revenue officer at Veeam Software, an information-technology company.
His departure came amid a broader executive reshuffling, in which its sales and customer-service organization was consolidated and 12 executives exited. Google Cloud announced Jester’s departure at the same time as Enslin’s.
At Google Cloud, Jester led professional services, enterprise support, customer success, and executive engagement globally for three years. A nearly 20-year Microsoft veteran, Jester joined Google Cloud in 2019 as part of an executive hiring spree initiated by Kurian, who had recently taken the helm of Google Cloud.
Hire: Troy Bertram
Bertram joined Google Cloud in May as an executive managing director in the public-sector partner ecosystem.
The longtime AWS and Dell Technologies exec was hired to scale the company’s work in the public sector, CRN reported.
Bertram is also a US Army veteran with 27 years of service, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Hire: Dominick Delfino
Delfino joined Google Cloud in August as its global vice president of cybersecurity sales.
The former chief revenue officer of Nutanix went to Google shortly before the close of its $5.4 acquisition of cybersecurity firm Mandiant, a major effort by Kurian to boost Google Cloud’s cybersecurity suite.
Delfino was the chief revenue officer of Pure Storage, a public company that sells hardware and software for data storage. Before that, he spent 20 years at VMware and Cisco.
Hire: Stephen Orban
Orban joined Google Cloud as its vice president of migrations in September.
In his new role, the AWS vet has been tasked with helping businesses migrate to the cloud.
Orban reports to Ichhpurani, Google Cloud’s corporate vice president of global ecosystem and channels. Channel Futures first reported the news.
Hire: Kevin Mandia
Mandia, Mandiant’s CEO and cofounder, joined Google Cloud in September after Google completed its $5.4 billion acquisition of his cybersecurity firm.
The deal was the second largest in Alphabet Inc.’s history.
Mandiant’s clients are often companies that learn they’ve been hacked, and much of hacking now takes place in the cloud. With the acquisition, Google Cloud said it’s looking to use Mandiant’s threat intelligence to boost its suite of cybersecurity offerings. Google plans to allow Mandiant to continue operating as a separate brand.
An Air Force veteran, Mandia founded Mandiant in 2004. The company was a pioneer in cybersecurity.
Exit: Nina Harding
Harding was the global chief of Google Cloud’s partner program until October, when she left to become the corporate vice president of global partner solutions for Microsoft in the US.
Earlier in 2022, Harding oversaw the rollout of Google Cloud’s nine consumption packs, which are meant to help managed-services providers and channel partners migrate to the cloud faster.
An industry veteran with experience working for Oracle, Microsoft, and SAP, Harding joined Google Cloud in 2017. She first worked for Microsoft from 2003 to 2005 as its director of global partner marketing and partner programs.
Hire: Sharon Prosser
Prosser joined Google Cloud in October as its vice president of small-and-midsize-business sales and scaled acquisition. That area of the company was overseen by Harding before she went to Microsoft.
Prosser went to Google Cloud from the software company Zendesk, where she spent three years. Before that, she worked at AWS for three years. She started her career at Oracle, spending 28 years there and leaving in 2015 with the title of group vice president of North America for cloud applications.
Hire: Rishi Ramchandani
Google hired Ramchandani, a former executive at the distressed crypto lender BlockFi, in December.
Ramchandani is now the APAC Web3 lead at Google Cloud, a similar position to his job as vice president for Asia at BlockFi, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November following the implosion of the FTX crypto exchange.
Google Cloud is looking to enable the Web3 ecosystem, according to Bloomberg. Its customers include Coinbase Global Inc., Dapper Labs Inc., Sky Mavis Inc., Nansen, and Hedera.
Ramchandani was a trader with Bank of America Merrill Lynch for over a decade before founding a tech startup in 2018.