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Google's top social networking executive departs

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's top social networking executive is leaving the Internet company after a nearly eight-year stint highlighted by an audacious challenge to Facebook.

Vic Gundotra fittingly announced his departure in a post Thursday on Google Plus, a social network that debuted nearly three years ago. Gundotra had been in charge of Google Plus as the Mountain View, Calif., company's senior vice president of social.

Gundotra didn't explain his reasons for leaving nor did he reveal what he plans to do next.

"I am excited about what's next," Gundotra wrote. "But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past eight years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come."

Google CEO Larry Page praised Gundotra in his own Plus post.

Gundotra built Google Plus "from nothing," Page wrote. "There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all (Gundotra's) hard work and passion."

Page didn't immediately announce a new leader for Google Plus.

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