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Google Inc. Management Team

Larry Page, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

larry pageLarry Page graduated with honors with a bachelor of science and engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While at the University of Michigan, Page received numerous leadership awards for his efforts toward improving the college of engineering. Page was president of the University of Michigan Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society. He is currently on leave from Stanford University, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science with Professor Terry Winograd. Page originated and led the Stanford research project that has transformed into Google.

His previous work experience includes software design at Advanced Management Systems in Washington, D.C., and CogniTek in Evanston, Ill. Influenced at an early age by his father, a computer science professor, Page first started using computers in 1979. He founded Google Inc. in 1998 with Sergey Brin.

Sergey Brin, Co-founder & President

sergey brinSergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master's degree. Sergey, 27, is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. It was at Stanford he met Larry Page and worked on the project that became Google. Together they founded Google, Inc. in 1998.

Brin's research interests include search engines, information extraction from unstructured sources, and data mining of large text collections and scientific data. He has published more than a dozen publications in leading academic journals, including Extracting Patterns and Relations from the World Wide Web; Dynamic Data Mining: A New Architecture for Data with High Dimensionality, which he published with Larry Page; Scalable Techniques for Mining Casual Structures; Dynamic Itemset Counting and Implication Rules for Market Basket Data; and Beyond Market Baskets: Generalizing Association Rules to Correlations.

Brin has been a featured speaker at a number of national and international academic, business and technology forums including the Academy of American Achievement; European Technology Forum; Technology, Entertainment and Design; and Silicon Alley 2001. When not juggling his many responsibilities as company president, Brin studies the trapeze and scuba diving and participates enthusiastically in parking lot roller hockey games with other Googlers.

Omid Kordestani, Vice President of Business Development & Sales

omid kordestaniOmid Kordestani has more than a dozen years of high-technology consumer and enterprise experience, including key positions at Internet pioneer Netscape Communications. As vice president of business development & sales, Kordestani grew Netscape's website revenue from an annual run-rate of $88 million to more than $200 million in 18 months.

Kordestani joined Netscape as director of OEM sales, and during his four-year career at that company he was responsible for establishing major customer relationships with Citibank, AOL, Amazon, Intuit, Travelocity, Intel, @Home, eBay, and Excite. Prior to Netscape, Kordestani held positions in marketing, product management, and business development at The 3DO Company, Go Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard.

Kordestani received an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.

Wayne Rosing, Vice President of Engineering

wayne rosingWayne Rosing has more than 30 years of engineering and research experience at some of Silicon Valley's most respected companies. He joined Google from Caere Corporation, where his most recent position was chief technology officer and vice president of Engineering. Rosing managed all engineering for Caere's optical character recognition (OCR) product lines and was the driving force behind the acquisition of the comprehensive forms application Omniform, which became one of Caere's key products.

Prior to joining Caere, Rosing served as president of FirstPerson, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Microsystems. While at FirstPerson, Rosing headed the team that developed the technology base for Java. That success was preceded by his founding of Sun Microsystems Laboratories, which grew to more than 100 researchers under his leadership. Earlier in his career, Rosing was Director of Engineering for the Apple Computer LISA and Apple II divisions and held management positions at Digital Equipment and Data General.

His interest in the natural world has led him to explore the outer reaches of space through remote robotic telescopes he designs and builds himself and to the depths of the South Pacific where he plays undersea paparazzi to exotic sea creatures.

Cindy McCaffrey, Vice President of Corporate Communications

cindy mccaffreyCindy McCaffrey has 20 years of experience in public relations, investor relations, marketing communications, employee and customer communications, and reporting and editing. Prior to joining Google, McCaffrey led domestic and international corporate communications activities at several of Silicon Valley's highest profile companies, including Apple Computer, E*TRADE, The 3DO Company, and SmartForce (formerly CBT Systems).

McCaffrey graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska, and pursued graduate studies in American Literature at Southwest Missouri State University. She began her career as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers, including The Omaha World-Herald; the Springfield (Mo.) Leader & Press; the Kansas City Business Journal; and The Contra Costa Times; and at high-tech trade publications, including Macintosh Today. She has committed to memory the entire text of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style.

Joan Braddi, Vice President of Search Services

joan braddiJoan Braddi has more than a dozen years of high-technology sales and marketing experience in both the business and consumer markets. Before joining Google, she held the position of director of business development and sponsorship sales for Netcenter, Netscape's website division. By nurturing relationships with eBay, Network Solutions and other major sponsorship partners, she grew advertising and sponsorship revenue from $2 million per quarter to $12 million per quarter within 12 months. She was also responsible for business development opportunities within the business, computing, and Internet channels on Netcenter. As senior manager of Netscape's OEM sales, her first role with that company, Braddi established partnerships with Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Computer Associates, SGI, and Informix among others.

Prior to joining Netscape, Braddi oversaw emerging markets, applications, and OEM markets for the server division of Silicon Graphics. She is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in business administration. Braddi is confident she will soon be able to use Google to find an hour of leisure time and something to do with it.

Tim Armstrong, Vice President of Advertising Sales

tim armstrongTim Armstrong joined Google from Snowball.com. As that company's Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnerships, he managed a team of 100 people and built the revenue foundation needed to take the company public in just 16 months. Armstrong was also responsible for key strategic partnerships that included equity and marketing investments by New Line Cinema and an exclusive partnership with the NFL.

Prior to his role at Snowball.com, Armstrong served as National Sales Manager for IDG's first Internet magazine, I-Way, before founding and serving as Director of Integrated Sales & Marketing at Starwave's and Disney's ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures.

Armstrong is a graduate of Connecticut College with a double major in Economics and Sociology. A dedicated marathon runner, Armstrong does not require sleep or sustenance beyond an occasional nap and protein bar.

Urs Hölzle, Google Fellow

urs holzleUrs Hölzle joined Google from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was an associate professor of computer science. He received a master's degree in computer science from ETH Zurich in 1988 and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship that same year. In 1994, he earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where his research focused on programming languages and their efficient implementation.

As one of the pioneers of dynamic compilation, also known as "just-in-time compilation," Hölzle invented fundamental techniques used in most of today's leading Java compilers. Before joining Google, Hölzle was a cofounder of Animorphic Systems, which developed compilers for Smalltalk and Java. After Sun Microsystems acquired Animorphic Systems in 1997, Hölzle helped build Javasoft's high-performance Hotspot Java compiler.

In 1996, Hölzle received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on high-performance implementations of object-oriented languages. Hölzle was also a leading contributor to DARPA's National Compiler Infrastructure project. He has served on program committees for major conferences in the field of programming language implementation, and is the author of numerous scientific papers and U.S. patents.

Hölzle was named Google Fellow after serving as the company's first VP of Engineering. In that role he led development of the company's operational infrastructure and was renowned for both his red socks and his free-range Leonberger, Yoshka (Google's top dog).

Craig Silverstein, Director of Technology

craig silversteinCraig Silverstein is currently on leave from Stanford University, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science, with a focus on information retrieval and data mining. Silverstein contributed his expertise in compression algorithms to Google while it was still a research project at Stanford. His other academic pursuits include super-efficient versions of basic data structures such as hash tables as well as efficient clustering of large data sets using Scatter/Gather and latent semantic indexing as it relates to clustering, which he explored at Xerox PARC.

Silverstein graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in computer science from Harvard College, from which he also received Phi Beta Kappa distinction, the Microsoft Technical Scholarship, and twice received the Derek Bok Award for Teaching Excellence. He was the first employee hired at Google by the company's founders.

In addition to supplying technical guidance, Silverstein provides Googlers their daily bread, employing three baking machines running in parallel mode on a Linux operating system.

Google Inc. Board of Directors

Sergey Brin, Google Inc.

Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master's degree. Sergey, 27, is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. It was at Stanford he met Larry Page and worked on the project that became Google. Together they founded Google, Inc. in 1998.

Brin's research interests include search engines, information extraction from unstructured sources, and data mining of large text collections and scientific data. He has published more than a dozen publications in leading academic journals, including Extracting Patterns and Relations from the World Wide Web; Dynamic Data Mining: A New Architecture for Data with High Dimensionality, which he published with Larry Page; Scalable Techniques for Mining Casual Structures; Dynamic Itemset Counting and Implication Rules for Market Basket Data; and Beyond Market Baskets: Generalizing Association Rules to Correlations.

Brin has been a featured speaker at a number of national and international academic, business and technology forums including the Academy of American Achievement; European Technology Forum; Technology, Entertainment and Design; and Silicon Alley 2001. When not juggling his many responsibilities as company president, Brin studies the trapeze and scuba diving and participates enthusiastically in parking lot roller hockey games with other Googlers.

John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

John Doerr earned a bachelor of science and master's degree in electrical engineering from Rice University and an MBA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. In 1975, just after the invention of the 8080 8-bit microprocessor, he joined Intel, where he was an engineer and marketing manager for micro-computers, and the top-ranked systems salesperson. He joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1980, and sponsored a series of investments (Compaq, Cypress, Intuit, Macromedia, Lotus, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Symantec) that led to the creation of more than 100,000 jobs.

Doerr was the founding CEO of Silicon Compilers. He serves on the board of directors of Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, Epicor, Google, Handspring, Intuit, Lightspan Partnership, MarthaStewart Living Omnimedia, Excite@Home, Healtheon Corporation, and Sun Microsystems. He holds patents for computer memory devices he invented as a design engineer at Monsanto. His recent areas of interest include handheld computers, Internet, education (especially primary grades), genomics, and globalization.

Michael Moritz, Sequoia Capital

Michael Moritz focuses on the information technology investments of Sequoia Capital. He is currently a director of WebVan, Agile Software, eToys, Flextronics, NightFire, Saba Software, PlanetRx, eGroups, Affinia, and Yahoo!. He previously was a founding director of Global Center (acquired by Frontier Corp.), LinkExchange (acquired by Microsoft), NeoMagic, and Visigenic (acquired by Inprise). Moritz has also been involved with Precept Software (acquired by Cisco), Security Dynamics, S3, and Avid Technology. Before joining Sequoia in 1986, he worked in a variety of positions at Time Warner and was a founder of Technologic Partners.

Larry Page, Google Inc.

Larry Page graduated with honors with a bachelor of science and engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While at the University of Michigan, Page received numerous leadership awards for his efforts toward improving the college of engineering. Page was president of the University of Michigan Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society. He is currently on leave from Stanford University, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science with Professor Terry Winograd. Page originated and led the Stanford research project that has transformed into Google.

His previous work experience includes software design at Advanced Management Systems in Washington, D.C., and CogniTek in Evanston, Ill. Influenced at an early age by his father, a computer science professor, Page first started using computers in 1979. He founded Google Inc. in 1998 with Sergey Brin.

Ram Shriram

Ram Shriram was vice president of business development at Amazon.com, reporting to Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO. During Shriram's tenure at Amazon.com he grew the customer count from 3 million to 11 million users. Prior to Amazon.com, Shriram was president of Junglee Corp., a company that Amazon acquired in 1998. Before joining Junglee, Shriram was an early member of the Netscape Communications executive team. He initiated and built relationships with a targeted set of partners worldwide, helping Netscape to build market share and revenue momentum. In 1996, Shriram crafted Netscape's indirect channels of distribution worldwide, and managed several hundred people with 16 direct reports across three continents (North America, Europe, and Asia ), producing well over half of Netscape's $346 million annual revenue. A year later, Shriram oversaw the OEM and website sales functions at Netscape, and helped generate more than $100 million in revenue from Netscape's high-traffic website alone.

Shriram also serves on the board of Yodlee.com and Elance.com, and is a leading angel investor in Silicon Valley.

Google Inc. Technical Advisory Council

Jakob Nielsen, Nielsen Norman Group

Jakob Nielsen, Ph.D., is a User Advocate and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group, which he co-founded with Donald A. Norman, author and former vice president of research at Apple Computer. Until 1998, Nielsen was a Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer and the company's web usability guru.

Nielsen coined the term "discount usability engineering" and has invented several usability techniques for fast and inexpensive improvements of user interfaces, including heuristic evaluation. He holds 35 United States patents, mainly on ways of making the Internet easier to use.

Nielsen is the author of numerous books, papers, technical reports and tutorials. His columns include UseIt.com's bi-weekly Alertbox on web usability, the Users First! column on the Ziff-Davis Network, and Deconstructing, which features famous websites in Internet World.

Rajeev Motwani, Associate Professor, Stanford University

Rajeev Motwani is an associate professor of computer science at Stanford University, where he also serves as the director of graduate studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in computer science from University of California, Berkeley in 1988, and his BTech in computer science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1983. Motwani is well-known for his research in several areas of computer science, including databases and data mining, web search and information retrieval, robotics, and theoretical computer science. He is a co-author of the book, Randomized Algorithms, published by Cambridge University Press in 1995. As a tribute to his work, Motwani has received the Arthur P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the Bergmann Memorial Award from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and an IBM Faculty Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and currently serves on the editorial board of SIAM Journal on Computing.

Jeffrey Ullman, Professor, Stanford University

Jeffrey Ullman is the S.W. Ascherman Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His interests include database theory, database integration, data mining, and education using the information infrastructure. Previously, Ullman was a professor at Princeton University and a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. He received his bachelor of science degree in engineering mathematics from Columbia University in 1963 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1966. In recognition of his research, Ullman has been the recipient of the Einstein Fellowship from the Israeli Academy of Sciences and a Guggenheim Fellowship; in 1989, he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.

Ullman has sat on the board of Junglee Corp. and authored or co-authored 16 books and 170 technical publications, including, Database System Implementation (with H. Garcia-Molina and J. Widom).

Terry Winograd, Professor, Stanford University

Terry Winograd is a professor in computer science at Stanford University, where he is developing teaching programs in human-computer interaction design. He is world-renowned for his work on designing effective interactive user experiences and focuses on developing the theoretical background and conceptual models for designing human-computer interaction. Winograd is a founder of Action Technologies and a regular consultant to Interval Research. In addition, he serves on the national advisory board of the Association for Software Design and a number of journal editorial boards, including the Journal of Human Computer Interaction, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Personal Technologies, and Informatica.

In 1966, Winograd received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from The Colorado College. He completed his Ph.D. in applied mathematics at MIT. His book, Understanding Computers and Cognition, was named "Best Information Science Book of 1987" by the American Society for Information Science.