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Alphabet’s life sciences company Verily is losing its head of people operations, Business Insider has learned, marking another in a long string of exits among top brass in recent months.
Sheela Krothapalli will finish up later this month, according to a source familiar with the situation. A Verily spokesperson declined to comment on Krothapalli’s departure.
Google’s sister company ended 2020 with a bang, announcing it had raised $700 million that would go towards expanding. But the company spent most of 2020 rejiggering one of its key businesses to meet the needs of the coronavirus pandemic, several insiders told Business Insider, and there have been hiccups along the way.
The company has just been through a total restructuring, cutting down on CEO Andy Conrad’s direct reports and appointing a new chief operating officer, Stephen Gillett, to handle more of the day-to-day duties. It’s also hiring new chief information, marketing, and revenue officers, Business Insider reported.
Over recent months, several executives have left to pursue other ventures, including Ashraf Hanna, the chief operations officer, and Thomas Stanis, one of Verily’s cofounders. Hanna joined testing company Genalyte as CEO, and Stanis founded a startup with a Verily colleague, Nikhil Roy, that’s focused on fixing disconnected speciality care.
A few, like Verily’s head of business development Andrew Harrison, have moved to other parts of Alphabet, but most have departed the company entirely.
Verily’s shifts are happening while Alphabet’s group of “other bets” are under more pressure to prove themselves as financially viable. In the third quarter of 2020, they showed an operating loss of $1.1 billion, and none have ascended to the heights that Google’s founders hoped for – yet.
Here’s a list of all the executives and managers that left Verily in the past year, according to LinkedIn and Business Insider’s reporting, in alphabetical order
- Nathan Beach, product manager, moved back into Google in June.
- Brian Carnes, head of connected devices, security, and surgical systems; left in May to join Lyft as principal engineer.
- Carolyn Casterton, lead on COVID-19 testing sites, left in July on sabbatical.
- Sandeep Ghael, engineering manager, left in September to join Spotify as senior manager of machine learning.
- Leslie Grab, senior counsel, left in June to join Pesonalis as vice president of intellectual property.
- Kelly Guittla, head of talent acquisition, left in April and is now president of Human Bees.
- Ashraf Hanna, chief operating officer, left in November to join Genalyte as CEO.
- Andrew Harrison, head of business and corporate development, moved into a leadership role in Google X in September.
- Josh Kamler, head of creative strategy, left in May.
- Sheela Krothapalli, head of people operations, is leaving in January.
- Dr. Justin Larkin, strategy and operation, left in April to join Andreessen Horowitz as a partner.
- Michal Levin, head of UX for Baseline and medical devices, left in October to join Hero as vice president of product.
- Tushar Parlikar, consumer and medical device product lead, left in September to join Butterfly Network as senior director of product management.
- Ashkan Rasooli, technical program manager, left in May to join BrightInsight as a senior manager.
- Nikhil Roy, product manager, left in August to co-found Story Health.
- Thomas Stanis, cofounder and head of software, left last February to found Story Health.
- Misha Stein, marketing analytical lead, moved into YouTube in November.
- Robert Taylor, commercial lead, moved into Google Health last February.
- Thomas Teisseyre, technical program manager, left in November to join Proximie as chief product officer.
- Collin Walter, platform manager, left in 2020 to join Calm as a vice president.
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