Google hires former Samsung executive to coordinate projects

Injong Rhee to lead its Internet of Things business, he said in a LinkedIn post on Monday


Reuters February 13, 2018
Injong Rhee, Executive Vice President and Head of Samsung Pay at Samsung, speaks at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in New York August 13, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Alphabet’s Google this month hired Injong Rhee, who recently resigned as Samsung’s chief technology officer, to lead its Internet of Things business, he said in a LinkedIn post on Monday.

Google spokeswoman Jane Hynes confirmed to Reuters Rhee’s hiring by Google’s cloud computing unit but declined to comment further.

Rhee said in his post that he will serve as entrepreneur-in-residence under Diane Greene, chief executive of the cloud computing group, which sells software and hardware to other businesses.

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Rhee said he aims to harmonize Alphabet’s various projects related to the Internet of Things, or IoT, a term that encompasses any device that accesses data online. Self-driving cars, home appliances with virtual assistants and the latest weather sensors on farms fall under the emerging category of technology.

“One of the first things I would like to do with my Google colleagues is to get these efforts coordinated and aligned toward a concerted IoT story of Google -- in the process, create distinct consumer and enterprise product lines,” Rhee wrote in his post.

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Each of the leading cloud computing sellers, including Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google and IBM Corp, offer services aimed at helping companies analyse data from a network of Internet-connected equipment. Google’s effort is among the most nascent, though.

Rhee left Samsung in December after more than six years there, most recently serving as a chief technology officer and head of software and services’ research and development. He was involved in the launch of the company’s Knox security system, Bixby digital assistant and Samsung Pay mobile wallet.

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