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This article was published on February 3, 2016

Google’s head of search is retiring after 15 years

Google’s head of search is retiring after 15 years
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Google’s Senior vice president of search, Amit Singhal, is leaving the company after joining in 2000.

Singhal is known for having heavily tweaked the search engine’s ranking algorithm in 2001 and was a driving force in making Google into the company we know now.

In a Google+ post describing his departure, Singhal states that he’s leaving in order to spend more time giving back to others:

“It has always been a priority for me to give back to people who are less fortunate, and make time for my family amidst competing work constraints–but on both fronts, I simply want to give and do more.”

Singhal’s last day will be February 26th. His role will thereafter be taken up by artificial intelligence chief John Giannandrea. That’s a guy who’s previously said he thinks computers are “remarkably dumb,” so you can expect him to put in work towards making Search understand our questions more naturally.

+Amit Singhal via Business Insider

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