Google Player Roster

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Google has recruited some of the biggest names in Internet technology, including Eric Schmidt and Vinton Cerf.

Larry Page
Co-Founder & President, Products

Sergey Brin
Co-Founder & President, Technology

Page devised Google's original search relevancy ranking algorithm, PageRank, while working toward a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford. He was also heavily involved in the design of Google's early distributed computer design and server racks. Brin's research interests include search engines, information extraction from unstructured sources, and data mining of large text collections and scientific data. The two met while Ph.D. candidates at Stanford, where they collaborated on the Web indexing project that became Google.

Douglas Merrill
Vice President, Engineering, and Senior Director of Information Systems
Merrill plays the role of chief information officer at Google, managing both traditional enterprise systems and the applications developed by Google engineers for internal use. A student of social and political organization who holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton, Merrill worked on computer simulations of education, team dynamics and organizational effectiveness for the Rand Corp. and went on to serve as a senior vice president at Charles Schwab, where he was responsible for, among other things, information security and the company's common infrastructure.

Eric Schmidt
Chairman and CEO
Schmidt shares responsibility for Google's day-to-day management with Page and Brin. Schmidt, who was previously the chief executive officer of Novell and, before that, chief technology officer of Sun Microsystems, was brought into the company in 2001 to give Google a more seasoned technology leader.

Dave Girouard
Vice President and General Manager,Google Enterprise
Girouard leads the division responsible for adapting Google technologies for the enterprise market, with the Google Search Appliance and Google Mini utilities as its primary products. Girouard comes from multimedia search company Virage and previously was a systems consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture (then known as Andersen Consulting).

W.M. Coughran Jr.
Vice President of Engineering for Systems Infrastructure
Coughran is responsible for large-scale distributed computing programs underlying Google's products. Since joining Google in early 2003, he has refined the teams that handle Web crawling, storage and other systems.

Urs Hölzle
Senior Vice President, Operations, and Google Fellow
Hölzle was Google's first engineering vice president and led the development of the company's operational infrastructure. He now focuses on keeping it running and improving its performance.

Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist
A "father of the Internet," he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications for Google.

Terry Winograd
Professor and director of the Human-Computer Interaction Group, Stanford University
An early adviser to the Google co-founders, Winograd joined them in authoring an academic paper on PageRank and worked for the company in 2002 and 2003, while on leave from Stanford. As a specialist in human interaction with computers, he contributed to Google's user interface design in areas such as the display of search results.

This article was originally published on 2006-07-06
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