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Former Microsoft Exec to Lead Google’s G Suite Arm

Google has tapped former Microsoft executive Javier Soltero to lead G Suite, the department responsible for productivity apps like Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Drive.

Previously, Soltero was the head of Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-enabled digital assistant. He departed from that role late last year. 

Soltero will report directly to Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian. He’ll help grow productivity and collaboration tools for both enterprise users and consumers, the company said. The new G Suite boss replaces Prabhakar Raghavan, who transitioned from the role last October after being appointed to lead Google’s ads business. 

For Google, which is investing heavily in its cloud division, the success of G Suite is crucial. Apps like Gmail and Google Docs can often be a company’s first introduction to Google Cloud and lead to broader adoption of its products down the line. 

Still third in the cloud computing market behind Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure, Google has unveiled aggressive expansion plans, saying on its last earnings call in July that it would triple its sales force over the next few years. In April, the company hired 27-year SAP veteran Rob Enslin to lead its sales team. 

Last quarter, Google said its Cloud division was on track to bring in $8 billion of revenue this year—up from from $4 billion in early 2018 when it last disclosed those numbers. On Google’s earnings call next Monday, investors will eagerly await further updates on Cloud. 

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