Google has appointed ex-Microsoft executive Javier Soltero to head its G Suite business. Google’s G Suite business includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive and other productivity apps.
Javier Soltero recently served as corporate vice president for Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, and left the company late last year. Javier Soltero previously held various roles, including overseeing Microsoft Outlook.
Javier Soltero, as vice president of G Suite, a new role for the company, will report to Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, the company said in an email on Monday. Previously, Prabhakar Raghavan led Google Apps, before shifting to lead the company’s advertising and commerce products.
Thomas Kurian, who joined Google in January after over two decades at Oracle, has been hiring senior employees in order to make the company more competitive with Amazon and Microsoft. Last week, Google hired SAP executive Brigette McInnis-Day to lead the cloud unit’s human resources department.
Javier Soltero joined Microsoft in 2014 as part of the software maker’s acquisition of Acompli, which he co-founded and led. Prior to that, he held various leadership roles at VMware.
In July, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company plans to triple the sales force in cloud, and called it a key growth driver for parent company Alphabet, CNBC reported.