There’s reportedly a rare exodus under way of key personnel from a Google (NSDQ:GOOG) operation, its Verily healthcare “moonshot,” with former employees blaming the mercurial leadership of CEO Andrew Conrad.
A dozen top engineers, scientists and managers have departed since Verily, formerly Google Life Sciences, was launched 3 years ago, according to the Stat website.
They include Google fellow Diane Tang, 1 of only about 12 employees to achieve Google’s highest technical rank; Kobus Jooste, 1 of Verily’s 1st employees, and director of business development Michael Pearson. Karl Townsend, the senior staff hardware engineer who led the team that developed the “connectivity bridge” designed to collect and sync medical information, left along with almost his entire team, the website reported.
Here’s a look at the roster of top personnel who left Verily, according to Stat – including 8 employees who helped launch it in 2013:
|Name||Former role||Tenure||Current employer|
|Katherine Chou*||Product lead, Baseline||8/2013 – 8/2015|
|Anthony Giannetti||Senior research scientist||11/2014 – 2/2016||Unknown|
|Nathan Higginson-Scott||Senior scientist||9/2014 – 2/2016||Unknown|
|Jeff Huber*||Advisor||early 2013 – 2/2016||Grail|
|Deepak Jindal*||Computer & storage infrastructure lead||11/2013 – 8/2015|
|Kobus Jooste*||Engineering lead, cardiac wristband, others||4/2013 – 10/2015|
|John Lapetina*||Product design head||10/2013 – 3/2016|
|Mark Lee||Medical lead, Baseline||10/2014 – 1/2016||Grail|
|Babak Parviz*||Co-founder, contact lens glucometer||early 2013 – 8/2014||Amazon|
|Michael Pearson*||Business development director||11/2013 – 11/2015|
|Chris Roat*||Senior software engineer, Baseline||11/2013 – 8/2015|
|Diane Tang*||Google fellow, data analytics||11/2013 – 4/2015|
|Karl Townsend||Senior staff hardware engineer||6/2014 – 1/2016|
|Jean Wang||Staff hardware engineer||mid-2013 – 8/2014||Amazon|
* Helped launch Verily
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