Google has confirmed the resignation of Jonathan "J.R." Rosenberg, its senior vice president of product management, who has been at the company since 2002. Rosenberg's departure was reported today by Business Insider--the same day that co-founder Larry Page returned to the CEO post at Google, taking over from Eric Schmidt.
Business Insider reported that Rosenberg had planned to leave the company in a few years, when his teenage daughter graduated from high school, but that Page wants executives to commit in the long run. So Rosenberg, the report said, decided to bow out early.
"We tried to hire Jonathan multiple times because he was the only person we could imagine doing the job," a statement from Google CEO Larry Page read. "It's lucky we were so persistent because he's built an amazing team--hiring great people, who've created amazing products that have benefited over a billion users around the world."
Outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt also released a statement: "Jonathan is phenomenal--hugely energetic, strategic, a man of real principle who always puts the user first. He's been crucial to our success over the last nine years and I cannot thank him enough for everything he's done. It's been wonderful working with him--and great fun."
A Google representative told CNET that Rosenberg's reason for leaving is true, as is Page's desire for longer-term commitments from executives. An article in the San Jose Mercury News reported that Rosenberg announced his departure in an emotional internal memo called "9 Short Years," and that he will be "co-authoring a book with Schmidt about the values, rules and creation of Google's management culture."
Rosenberg has been one of the most powerful Google employees for some time now. In late 2009,about "openness" and what it means to the culture of Google, widely regarded as an affirmation that Google sees itself not just as a corporation but also as a force for good.
His transition out of the company will take place in June as he takes on a temporary consulting role, the Google representative explained, and plans for a successor have not yet been determined.
This post was expanded at 3:39 p.m. PT with comment from Google executives.