Google Fiber: Disruptor Is Disrupted (Again)
Questions about the future of Google Fiber will only surge again, as after five months into the job, CEO Gregory McCray has left the company.
McCray joined Access, the Alphabet unit that houses Google Fiber, in February, replacing Craig Barrett, who departed in October 2016 after the company curtailed an expansion plan he'd designed and laid off 9% of its staff. That curtailed initiative included extending into eight new cities.
McCray spoke last month at Fiber Connect in Orlando where he discussed Google Fiber's micro trenching initiatives. (See Google Fiber CEO: Micro Trenching Initiatives Ahead.)
At a time when Google Fiber appears, on the outside, to have lost direction, Access now is on a quest for a new CEO, the company said. Alphabet is not abandoning Google Fiber, said CEO Larry Page in a statement.
"We are committed to the success of Google Fiber. The team is bringing gigabit connections to more and more happy customers," Page said. "Fiber has a great team and I’m confident we will find an amazing person to lead this important business."
Neither McCray nor Alphabet publicly commented on the reason behind the split. According to a Bloomberg report, McCray drew human resources complaints when, in a company meeting, he described his sailboat as "his mistress," and followed that up by saying every man was entitled to a mistress.
The shift at the top is not the only recent executive shuffle at Access.
In April, two high-level Access executives, Milo Medin, an Access vice president, and Dennis Kish, president of Google Fiber, moved to different non-Fiber units within the company, Bloomberg reported.
Alphabet has reshaped its once-ambitious fiber plans, said Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat in May, according to Gizmodo. "At the end of the day, it isn’t going to be the transformative play that we believed," she said.
— Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020. Follow us on Twitter @UBB2020 or @alisoncdiana.
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