Google hires former SiriusXM CPO / CTO to lead its Maps team – TechCrunch
Almost exactly a year ago, Google ad some leadership changes that saw Prabhakar Raghavan, who joined the company in 2012, take the lead in research, assistant and maps. Now sources close to hiring tell us the company has hired Christophe phillips, who was previously Director of Products and Technology at SiriusXM, to lead his geo team, which is responsible for products such as Google Maps, Google Earth and Google Maps Platform, the company’s business activities around these products. Google confirmed his hiring but declined to share any additional information. Phillips will officially join the company later this month.
Phillips came to SiriusXM after the company acquired the Pandora music service last year. Prior to the acquisition, he spent six years as CPO and Chief Technology Officer of Pandora, a role he held after leading product and design for Amazon Music from 2012 to 2014 and executive roles at Workspeed and Intuit before that.
In his new role at Google, Phillips will lead both products and engineering for the Geo team and report directly to Raghavan, who will continue to oversee research, assistant, geo, commerce and announcements. Prior to last year’s leadership reshuffle, Jen Fitzpatrick essentially played a similar role for Team Geo.
According to Search engine, Dane Glasgow and Liz Reid became the leaders of the Geo team after his departure. Glasgow has since left Google and is now on Facebook, while Reid recently took on a new role to drive Google’s search experiments. This obviously left a bit of a void, which Phillips will now fill.
Although Phillips has no direct experience building geo products, he brings with him a wealth of experience in managing product-driven engineering teams. His hiring also comes at an interesting time for Google Maps, which only recently announced a number of major updates and which is becoming an increasingly important part of Google’s product portfolio.