Max Levchin, who was the chief executive of Slide and a PayPal co-founder, has landed a new title at Google as a vice president of engineering, we’ve confirmed with the company. It’s the latest leadership adjustment since the search giant bought the social developer for a reported $182 million plus $46 million in retention bonuses.
The position makes Levchin equal in title to Vic Gundotra, who was said to have been leading the search giant’s social efforts and who has been taking a visible role in championing the company’s mobile products.
Both will report to senior vice president of operations Urs Holzle, who sits on the company’s all-powerful operating committee. That committee is the final arbiter on major product releases and is made up of several of Google’s earliest employees. Bradley Horowitz, a vice president of product management who has been said to be taking more of a leadership role on Google’s social products, reports to senior vice president of product management Jonathan Rosenberg.
Even though Levchin has scored a senior title, he will still have to prove himself as the company hasn’t historically been all that hospitable to outsiders who come in at a higher level. Levchin “will be working on social products with a variety of teams,” according to spokesperson Andrew Pederson.
On the day that Google bought Slide, it also demoed an earlier iteration of its forthcoming Facebook competitor to associate and more senior product managers. Called “Google Me,” that product is early-stage and is changing constantly, from what we’ve heard, so an accurate description of it today may be off-base compared to what is finally released. The earlier version, at least, amalgamated many of Google’s more social products. It is our understanding that Levchin is now leading the development of the latest iteration.
For more, be sure to check out our previous analysis of the Slide acquisition and how it might fit into Google’s social plans.