Google Search King Amit Singhal Retiring, Artificial Intelligence Research Head Taking Over

Amit Singhal, Google’s SVP for search and an incredibly powerful figure within the company, is retiring at the end of this month. John Giannandrea, the engineering VP who leads Google’s sprawling research and artificial intelligence efforts, is taking his place. And with the transition, Google is merging the research efforts with search, an indication of the priority of machine learning inside the company. The division now has the keys to the most critical part of the entire Alphabet. Singhal is a very early Googler and a giant force inside the company. He was named “Google Fellow” in 2001 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. He posted a retirement message…


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