Google search chief Amit Singhal handing baton to Artificial Intelligence head

Washington: India-born Amit Singhal, the longtime chief of Google’s Internet search business, will leave the company on Feb 26 and be replaced by the head of the technology giant’s artificial intelligence (AI) business. With John Giannandrea, currently a vice president of engineering, taking Singhal’s place, Google is merging its research efforts with search, an indication of the priority of machine learning inside the company. Singhal, a 15-year Google veteran, was named “Google Fellow” in 2006 for his engineering work on the early search engine. In recent years, he has led the aggressive push for Google to improve its search results on mobile. “Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day,” Singhal…


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