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Google search chief quits

Google's algorithms expert Amit Singhal says goodbye after 15 years

Google search chief quits
Amit Singhal signed off saying search is stronger than ever, and will only improve as the hands of senior leaders

Long-serving veteran of Google's Internet search business has quit the company after 15 years.

Amit Singhal, who leaves 26 February, will be replaced by John Giannandrea who is the head of Google's artificial intelligence business. Giannandrea, who is currently vice president of engineering, joined Google in 2010.

This new appointment shows the importance of Silicon Valley linking to artificial intelligence technology. Already, Giannandrea has led Google's AI efforts by applying it to products such as image recognition for Google Photos search and the smart reply  feature for Google Inbox.  

"Machine intelligence is crucial to our Search vision of building a truly intelligent assistant that connects our users to information and actions in the real world," Google said in an emailed statement.

Singhal wrote in a blog on Google+: "Now is a good time to make this important life change. Things are in amazing shape. Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day."

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