Google Separates Commerce and Mapping Divisions

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Google has separated their mapping and commerce divisions, which was headed by senior vice president Jeff Huber according to the Wall Street Journal.  Huber is stepping down from his position as a result.  Huber previously led the teams that worked on AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Apps.  He became the SVP of Commerce and Local in 2011.

Now Huber will work at Google’s X division, which is a research and development arm at the company that developed Google Glass and the company’s self-driving cars.  Huber will be working day-to-day with Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Android head Andy Rubin.

The Google Mapping team will be rolled into the Google search division.  The commerce division at the company will be rolled into the advertising group.  When mapping and commerce was rolled into one group, it was hard for just one person to lead the whole thing because of all the products that are under that umbrella.  The combined division had the largest team outside of Motorola Mobility with about 2,500 employees under it.

“Jeff is an extraordinary executive. He just finished his first decade at Google ? having worked on some of our most complicated issues like ads, apps, payments and geo ? and now he is eager to work in more of a start up like environment,” said a Google spokesman in a statement to The Verge.