Gundotra served as senior veep at Google from 2011 to 2014, after joining as a veep in 2007. Gundotra was responsible for Google’s social networking and identity services, and is credited as being the “father” of Google Plus, Google’s social media network.
Prior to his work at Google, Gundotra spent 15 years at Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), where he sparked Microsoft’s switch from Win32 to the .NET programming model and served as GM for global developer outreach, including platform evangelism and strategy for core Microsoft products.
“I am thrilled to become part of the AliveCor team. What they have achieved throughout the past four years is tremendous. Being able to understand what is going on inside heart disease through data analytics and machine learning has the potential to change the way we think of and participate in our healthcare. I am looking forward to being on the forefront of consumerizing medicine and working with an extremely intelligent team with innovative products,” CEO Vic Gundotra said in a press release.
Thomson has served as San Francisco, Calif-based AliveCor’s interim CEO since August 2013, after joining the board in January earlier that year, the company said. During his period as interim CEO he aided the company in expanding FDA and CE mark clearances.
“My time at AliveCor has been an important and fulfilling chapter in my career. No one has done what we are doing. I am thankful for the opportunity to help develop products that are helping people across the world. I am pleased to welcome Vic who brings years of experience spanning consumer and technology products that will be of great value as AliveCor works to expand and diversify into different business models,” Thomson said in prepared remarks.
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Mela Sciences promotes Allgeier to CFO
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Ocular Therapeutix adds O’Shea board
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