Google chief business officer Nikesh Arora to join SoftBank

Google said Nikesh Arora, chief business officer, will be leaving the Internet search company to join Japan’s SoftBank Corp as vice chairman.

Nikesh Arora, who joined Google nearly a decade ago, will be the latest high-ranking executive to depart Google, said media reports.

Omid Kordestani, who has led sales teams at Google for years, will take over in the interim, marking the latest change to Google’s senior leadership in past months.

Android operating software boss Andy Rubin stepped down last year, and Salar Kamangar, head of the YouTube video website, was succeeded in February by longtime Google ad executive Susan Wojcicki.

Nikesh Arora of Google to leave

In April, Vic Gundotra, head of social networking services, said he was exiting.

Google on Thursday reported that its revenue in the three months ended June 30 totaled $15.96 billion, compared to $13.11 billion in the year-ago period, Reuters reported.

The world’s No.1 Internet search company said the number of paid clicks by consumers on its ads increased 25 percent year-on-year in the quarter. But the average price of the ads declined 6 percent.

Google earned $3.42 billion or $4.99 per share in the second quarter, versus $3.23 billion or $4.77 per share a year earlier. Excluding certain items, Google said it earned $6.08 a share.

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