Several people have been asking me, and I can confirm that +Dave Besbris
is indeed going to be taking over as head of Google+. Bez has been with the project since its very beginning, and he and +Bradley Horowitz
have both been Vic's top lieutenants: if Google+ were its own company, Bez would have been its COO. He's also an amazing leader: someone who profoundly understands the subtleties of social, of apps, of engineering, of product, and of how to run an organization. Even though you haven't seen him talking in public as much as you've seen Vic, I expect that you'll be very pleasantly surprised when you see what happens with him at the helm. +Bradley Horowitz
, in the meantime, will continue his role as the head of product -- where he will presumably continue to be one of the most thoughtful and intelligent men I've worked with.
A big leadership change like this is always a shock, but I'm very glad to see that we're maintaining core continuity, and that our new leader is someone I trust so deeply. Every hail and farewell is bittersweet, but I couldn't have hoped for better people.
You can also learn more at the Re/Code article (http://recode.net/2014/04/24/exclusive-google-head-vic-gundotra-leaving-company/
) which I think does a great job. (Although they slightly got wrong that Bez was somehow a surprise choice; I would have described him as the obvious successor)