Rick Osterloh is the SVP, Devices and Services at Google, where his main role is to lead Google’s development of gadgets. His position is a pioneering one for Google, as it tries to take on big players such as Apple and Amazon in producing devices.
In his role, Mr Osterloh has helped to create and manage Google’s hardware division, launching some of Google’s most ambitious gadgets, such as Pixel phones, Google Home speakers, Daydream VR headsets, cloud gaming service Stadia, and the PixelBook tablet. Under his leadership, Google has continually made significant resources available to the development of devices and software. In 2018, Google parent company Alphabet also charged Mr Osterloh with oversight of Google Nest, a suite of smart home products that was previously run at arms length to Google.
Mr Osterloh’s role is to help Google to pivot into hardware and devices, instead of apps and software. His appointment in 2016 was a significant piece of the puzzle as Google broadens its interest in the gadget market, which threatens to eclipse its current software. Mr Osterloh is charged with helping Google to develop the capabilities to develop cutting-edge devices to help the company remain at the forefront of global technology.
Prior to his SVP role at Google, Mr Osterloh was President of Motorola Mobility, firstly while it was owned by Google, and then after it was purchased by Lenovo, from 2014-2016. Before that he was Motorola’s Senior Vice President, Product Management and GM Premium Products from mid-2012. He spent two years in London as Skype’s Vice President, Product Management and Design from 2010-2012, heading a restructure of product management that included hiring a whole new team of 150 people. During his tenure, Skype experienced a 150% increase in active users, and 25-fold increase in mobile users.
Mr Osterloh was Motorola’s Corporate Vice President, Android Products from 2007-2010. He managed a team of 800 staff in five different countries, heading the design and engineering of Motorola’s first Androids. His career at Motorola began when the company purchased Good Technology, where he’d worked as Vice President, Product and Marketing, from 2000-2007. In that role, Mr Osterloh helped to take the company through from the startup phase to its $475million acquisition by Motorola. While with Good Technology, he was active in producing a critically acclaimed mobility solution used by more than 10,000 enterprises.
Mr Osterloh’s early career was as a consultant and product manager for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Amazon.com and Deloitte Consulting. He has a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University, and grew up in Los Angeles.
Mr Osterloh has been a member of the board of directors at Positive Coaching Alliance, helping to nurture young athletes, and Lytro, Inc, a camera-making company. He was named on Fast Company’s list of 100 most creative people in business in 2018.
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