Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora leaves for Softbank


Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora is leaving, the company announced as part of its earnings release Thursday. Arora is heading to Softbank, where he will become vice chairman, as well as CEO of the subsidiary SoftBank Internet and Media. Omid Kordestani, who up until now served as a senior advisor to Google CEO Larry Page, will be taking over Arora’s duties on an interim basis.

Arora joined Google in 2004, and took over as SVP and chief business officer in early 2011. He’s been a key part of Google’s earnings calls, which he has been live tweeting as well, so it’s only fitting that he announced his departure on Twitter as well:

Thank you googlers for your support and love in the last 10 years. Will miss all of you. Looking forward to the next adventure.—
Nikesh Arora (@nikesharora) July 17, 2014

Arora’s departure is just the latest in a string of management shake-ups for Google. Earlier this year, it parted ways with Vic Gundotra, who was the driving force behind Google+ and the longtime face of Google’s developer efforts. And in February, the company put veteran ad executive Susan Wojcicki in charge of YouTube.

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