Spokespeople

Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products and User Experience


Marissa leads the company's product management efforts on search products – web search, images, news, books, products, maps, Google Earth, Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Health, Google Labs and more. She joined Google in 1999 as Google's first female engineer and led the user interface and web server teams at that time. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google's search interface, internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages, defining Google News, Gmail, and Orkut, and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. In her spare time, Marissa also organizes Google Movies – outings a few times a year to see the latest blockbusters – for 6,000+ people (employees plus family and friends).

Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford to more than 3,000 students. Stanford has recognized her with the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her outstanding contribution to undergraduate education.

Marissa has been featured in various publications, including Newsweek ("10 Tech Leaders of the Future"), Red Herring ("15 Women to Watch"), Business 2.0 ("Silicon Valley Dream Team"), BusinessWeek, and Fast Company. In 2008, at 33, Marissa became the youngest woman ever to be included on Fortune's Most Powerful Women list (#50).

Graduating with honors, Marissa received her bachelor's degree in symbolic systems and her master's degree in computer science from Stanford University. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence. She also holds an honorary doctorate of engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Ben Gomes, Distinguished Engineer

Ben Gomes is a Distinguished Engineer at Google where he is a lead for the company's engineering efforts on search features. Ben has been with Google for more than ten years and has worked in the development of nearly all aspects of the Google search service ranging from crawling and indexing to ranking and new feature design. Prior to Google, Ben earned his PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley. He was born in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.

Johanna Wright, Direct of Product Management, Web Search

Johanna
 Wright is the Director of Product Management responsible for Web Search.  She oversees the development of Google's search user interface and features and was the initial product lead on Universal Search, having driven it from inception to launch. Prior to Google Johanna worked at a number of software start-ups in New York City. Johanna holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA in Mathematics from Barnard College.

Jonathan Effrat, Product Manager, Web Search

Jonathan Effrat is a product manager on the Web Search team. His focus is on features to accelerate access to relevant search results, having worked on Google Instant, autocomplete, spelling, related searches and Universal Search. Before joining Google, he worked on research projects at Stanford University involving Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Networking. Jonathan holds master's and bachelor's degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and originally hails from Toronto, Canada.

Othar Hansson, Senior Staff Software Engineer


Othar Hansson runs Google's Search Interactions team. Prior to Google, Othar consulted with start-ups and research groups at HRI and Thinkbank, Inc. (now Bitway). Earlier in his career, Othar was a managing director at WR Hambrecht & Co, where he was a co-inventor of OpenIPO and other securities auctions. He studied Computer Science at Columbia, UCLA, and Berkeley.

Gabriel Stricker, Director of Communications, Search

Gabriel Stricker is Director of Global Communications & Public Affairs at Google Inc. where he heads Search communications – addressing everything from web search and other search properties (such as Maps, Earth, News and Books) to issues pertaining to partnerships, content, and the use of intellectual property. Gabriel received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is the author of the bestselling book on guerrilla marketing entitled, Mao In the Boardroom, published by St. Martin's Press.

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