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The Google Senior Executive Exodus Continues

sukhinderjpgIn less than a month, Google (s goog) has lost two senior executives. First, Tim Armstrong, senior VP of sales at Google, left to head up AOL, and now another senior executive has left the company. Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, who was President for Asia-Pacific (APAC) & Latin American Operations, has left the company to become a CEO-in-Residence at Accel Partners. Accel has become a trendy resting stop for a lot of recovering executives. Roger Linquist, founder/CEO of MetroPCS; Amr Awadallah (Yahoo alum); and Jeff Hammerbacher, a Facebook alum and Cloudera co-founder, are members of that growing club. There are many theories on why Cassidy left: one being that traveling to Asia every few days can be quite taxing, especially when executives have a young family. Another one is that she got passed over for Armstrong’s position in favor of Dennis Woodside, another senior Google executive from Europe. Regardless, like Armstrong’s exit, Cassidy’s departure shows that Google has to deal with thinning management ranks in coming years. As the economy continues to remain soft, the pruning of veterans from Google’s executive ranks can cause disruption of ongoing operations.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt offered this statement (via PR, of course) on Cassidy’s departure:

“We are deeply grateful to Sukhinder for all that she has done for Google since she joined in 2003. She’s an ambitious, entrepreneurial executive who has a proven track record of building successful operations — most notably, developing Google’s advertising sales teams across Asia Pacific and Latin America. We wish her only the best as she pursues her passion to lead and run her own company.”

10 Responses to “The Google Senior Executive Exodus Continues”

  1. Google, like the better Silicon Valley firms, take employee input into manager and executive performance reviews, which are often held Jan-Feb, with results in March. Google depends heavily on employee input to rate its managers and execs. I would wager that Sukinder’s annual performance review and employee input about here were not up to par… hence, she gets the message and leaves. The writing was most likely already on the wall for her and for the other execs.

    • Shirin

      That’s not a three name …Sukhinder Singh is probably her maiden name and she’s probably married to a Cassidy….this is no Marc David Chapman…

  2. Ralph Beban

    Om, you’re a bit off. It’s not a bad thinning. It’s because the top is getting heavy. Lots of directors at Google with limited VP and SVP slots to move into. You should start talking with more people at Google and get more info.

    • actually another senior executive from their latin american operations quit as well. so thinning or not, this is going to cause some hiccups. I think these executive changes are problematic in high-touch relationships.