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
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
Johanna Wright, Direct of Product Management, Web Search
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
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
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.