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Google senior VP and head of Google+ to leave after eight years

Google senior VP and head of Google+ to leave after eight years
Vic Gundotra talks about Google+ at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco in 2012. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)

Google is saying goodbye to one of its top executives.

Vic Gundotra, senior vice president and head of Google+, said Thursday that he was leaving the company after nearly eight years. He didn't say where he was headed or why he had decided to leave.

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"Now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An 'and then.' I am excited about what's next," he said in a Google+ post announcing his departure. "But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come."

He thanked the "invincible dreamers" of the company's social networking team and specifically called out Google co-founder Larry Page for his guidance through the years.

"From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support," Gundotra said.

Gundotra had been focused on Google's social networking strategy to compete with Facebook and other tech companies.

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