Sundar Pichai has completed his first major executive shuffle since becoming the CEO of a newly reorganized Google.
On Friday, Pichai promoted Hiroshi Lockheimer, a vice president on the Android team, to the position of senior vice president of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast. This means Lockheimer is taking on the role Pichai held before he was made the CEO of Google. Lockheimer’s peer, Dave Burke, the Google executive who unveiled the new Nexus phones last week, has also been given a promotion.
Lockheimer joined Google in 2006 when he was hired by Andy Rubin, the first head of Android, to work on the company’s then unreleased mobile operating system. The two had worked together at Danger Research, the company that built one of the first smartphone-like devices in the Sidekick.
Lockheimer takes on his new position at critical juncture in Google’s history. With most Android OEMs struggling to make money off the OS, it will be up to him to ensure the operating system’s continued success.
Pichai also gave promotions to Neal Mohan and Phillip Schindler, making them senior vice presidents of display and video advertising and global sales and operations, respectively. They, too, have tough tasks ahead of them with competitors like Facebook and Apple attempting to change the landscape of online advertising.