Google Names Leading Internet Executives to Key Management Positions
Company Moves to New Location in Heart of Silicon Valley
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – August 26, 1999 – Google, Inc., a leading innovator of advanced Internet search technology, today announced that it has expanded the depth and experience of its management team with the addition of three senior-level executives. The company today also announced that it has moved its headquarters and development center to Mountain View, Calif., which is located in Northern California, 35 miles south of San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
"We’re building strength and expertise into our management team as we ramp up to meet the growing need for search among individuals and organizations," said Larry Page, Google chief executive officer and co-founder. "We’ve carefully chosen individuals with strong academic backgrounds, deep business experience, and proven track records in leading successful Internet companies. This core management team will lead Google’s efforts to develop and deliver the best search experience on the web."
The following individuals were named to Google management positions:
Omid Kordestani, Vice President of Business Development & Sales
As vice president of Business Development & Sales, Kordestani is responsible for the development of Google’s co-branded web search and site search businesses, advertising sales, and business operations.
Kordestani has 13 years of high-technology consumer and enterprise experience including key positions at Internet pioneer Netscape Communications. As vice president of Business Development & Sales, Kordestani grew Netscape’s website revenue from an annual run-rate of $88 million to more than $200 million in 18 months. Kordestani joined Netscape as director of OEM Sales, and during his four-year career at Netscape he was responsible for establishing major customer relationships with companies such as Citibank, AOL, Amazon, Intuit, Travelocity, Intel, @Home, eBay and Excite. Prior to Netscape, Kordestani held various positions in marketing, product management and business development at The 3DO Company, Go Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard.
Scott Epstein, Interim Vice President of Marketing
Epstein, who has joined Google as its interim vice president of Marketing, is responsible for the development of the Google brand, as well as the company’s corporate marketing and advertising programs. With an extensive background in marketing at companies in the Internet, telecommunications, consumer packaged goods, and media industries, Epstein brings a wealth of experience to his role as vice president of Marketing at Google.
Prior to joining Google, Epstein was senior vice president of Marketing at Spinner.com before it was acquired by AOL. He was director of Marketing at Excite, Inc. where he led the marketing efforts for the Excite Network. While at Excite, Epstein was responsible for brand development, most notably creating an integrated advertising campaign using Jimi Hendrix’s "Are you Experienced?" as the focus.
Before joining Excite, Epstein was vice president of Communications at Cincinnati Bell Telephone, and a brand marketing manager at Miller Brewing Company.
Epstein has been recognized for his achievements by numerous organizations and trade publications, including Advertising Age’s Marketing 100, BrandWeek’s Next Generation Marketers, a nomination for the New York Times’ Advertising Hall of Achievement and a Best of Show for Excite advertising at the National Association of Broadcasters’ Mar.Com Awards.
Urs Hölzle, Vice President of Engineering
Hölzle is responsible for Google’s engineering staff and technology development. He is currently an associate professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a master’s degree in computer science from ETH Zurich in 1988 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1994. Hölzle was also a recipient of the 1988 Fulbright Scholarship. His research focused on programming languages and their efficient implementation.
As one of the pioneers of dynamic compilation, also known as "just-in-time compilation," Hölzle’s work on adaptive and profile-driven compilation significantly improved the performance of dynamically compiled programs, while simultaneously decreasing compilation time. Hölzle was a co-founder of Animorphic Systems, which developed compilers for SmallTalk and Java. Sun Microsystems acquired Animorphic Systems in 1997 and based its high-performance Hotspot Java compiler on concepts developed by Hölzle.
In 1996, Hölzle received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on high-performance implementations of object-oriented languages. Hölzle was also a leading contributor to DARPA’s National Compiler Infrastructure project. He has served on program committees for major conferences in the field of programming language implementation, including ECOOP, OOPSLA, POPL, and PLDI, and is a member of ACM and the IEEE Computer Society. Hölzle is the author of numerous research and scientific papers and patents.
New Headquarters Location
To accommodate the company’s anticipated future growth, Google has moved to a new expanded location in Mountain View, Calif. Google, which was located in Palo Alto, Calif., is now located at 2400 Bayshore Parkway, Mountain View, Calif. 94043.
"Our new Mountain View office provides our employees with a vibrant, lively, open working environment," said Sergey Brin, Google president and co-founder. "We are committed to creating a high-quality workspace to attract and retain the best and brightest talent. To that end, our new facility is conveniently located and features added amenities to keep our employees happy, healthy, and productive."
Google joins other Silicon Valley businesses with a significant presence in Mountain View, including Hewlett-Packard, Netscape, Silicon Graphics, Intuit, Remedy, and Sun Microsystems. Microsoft currently is building its Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View.
About Google, Inc.
Google, Inc. was founded in 1998 by Stanford University Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin to create a new generation of powerful, scalable search engine products to improve the user experience of searching the web. Based on three years of advanced research in computer science, Google is dedicated to providing the best user search experience by delivering a powerful, yet simple-to-use format for finding the most relevant answers to search queries. Google currently offers search solutions through its own destination site at www.google.com. The company also offers co-branded web search and site search solutions for information content providers.
Google is privately held. The company’s funding partners include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. The company announced in June that Michael Moritz, general partner of Sequoia Capital, and John Doerr, general partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, joined Google’s Board of Directors. Moritz is currently director of numerous companies, including Yahoo, eToys, Quote.com, eGroups, PlanetRx, Flextronics, and WebVan. Doerr was a co-founder of @Home, and is a director of several high-growth Internet companies, including Amazon.com, DrugStore.com, Handspring, Healtheon/WebMD, Homeshop.com, Intuit, and Sun Microsystems.
Other investors include Stanford University; Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and current vice president at Cisco Systems; and Ram Shriram, former president of Junglee and current vice president of Business Development at Amazon.com. The company is based in Mountain View, Calif. More information about Google can be found on the company’s website at www.google.com.
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