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Google Loses Product Management Chief As New CEO Begins

Google's head of consumer and business product development Jonathan Rosenberg has announced his departure from the search engine giant.

Rosenberg's announcement came on the same day Google co-founder Larry Page resumed the role of the CEO, replacing Eric Schmidt.

The Silicon Valley veteran, responsible for leading teams that build the Chrome web browser and the Android platform, was a mentor to many senior Google executives including YouTube chief Salar Kamangar and advertising head Susan Wojcicki.

Rosenberg joined Google back in 2002, a year after the appointment of Schmidt as CEO. He oversaw the overall development of Google products for both consumers and businesses. Prior to Google, Rosenberg had worked with Apple and several other Silicon Valley firms.

“We tried to hire Jonathan multiple times because he was the only person we could imagine doing the job. It's lucky we were so persistent because he's built an amazing team -- hiring great people, who've created amazing products that have benefited over a billion users around the world,” CEO Larry Page said in a statement to Mercury News.

Rosenberg plans to take some time off for a couple of months and will return to Google in a consulting role. The veteran Googler also plans to co-write a book with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt on the values, rules and creation of Google's management culture.