Two former members of the Google Maps team have navigated their method to Microsoft, becoming a member of the Redmond firm as company vice presidents on its Maps and Local team, a part of its Web Experiences (WebXT) group.
Nicholas Lee, former senior director of engineering for Google Maps, who labored at Google for almost 17 years, was named the new chief of Microsoft’s Maps and Local team in an inner memo seen by GeekWire.
Also becoming a member of Microsoft is Russell Dicker, who was beforehand senior director of product for Google Maps Routing + Navigation, Google Automotive Services, Transit & Multimodal, in line with his LinkedIn profile.
Microsoft declined to remark in response to our inquiry in regards to the new hires.
The WebXT group, led by Mikhail Parakhin, Microsoft Web Experiences president, contains the Bing search engine, Microsoft News, Maps, the corporate’s promoting platform and the Edge net browser.
Microsoft posted greater than $3 billion in search and information promoting income in the December quarter, up 32% year-over yr, excluding site visitors acquisition prices.