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Google Initiates Major Revamp of Finance Division to Accelerate AI Focus, Announces CFO

In a strategic shift towards artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Porat, disclosed in a recent internal memo that Google is set to overhaul its finance operations. This restructuring will result in job adjustments, including layoffs and relocations, to prioritize AI-driven initiatives.

Ruth Porat conveyed to Google’s finance employees that the tech industry is undergoing a significant transformation towards AI technology. “This evolution offers us a chance to develop more innovative products for our global user base and deliver rapid solutions to clients. However, it necessitates hard choices concerning our operational focus and workforce placement,” Porat explained in the communication seen by CNBC.

Amidst a slowdown in advertising revenue, Google has been realigning its workforce and resources since early this year to support more extensive investments in new technologies, including AI. CEO Sundar Pichai had previously alerted employees about potential job reductions across various departments in 2024, emphasizing the need for adaptation to shifting market demands.

The restructuring impacts not only local teams but also extends to Google’s finance personnel in key global markets such as the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In an effort to centralize operations, Google plans to establish major operational “hubs” in Bangalore, Mexico City, Dublin, Chicago, and Atlanta, maintaining a significant presence in the San Francisco Bay Area, as highlighted by Porat.

Further detailing the company’s strategic approach, Porat mentioned, “This year, we aimed to create vibrant ‘Fin’oogler’ hubs worldwide, fostering a robust culture and operational efficiency, enabling our services to run seamlessly around the clock.”

The term ‘Fin’oogler’ refers to Google employees working within the finance sector, emphasizing their pivotal role in the organization’s ecosystem.

Concluding her memo, Porat expressed regret over the departures of several valued colleagues and friends, underscoring the difficulty of such transitions. A Google spokesperson reaffirmed the company’s commitment to strategic investments and efficiency improvements, stating, “As we focus on our largest priorities and the vast opportunities ahead, we are refining team structures to enhance efficiency and align more closely with our core product goals.”

This restructuring aligns with Google’s ambitious plan to lead in the AI domain, ensuring the company remains at the forefront of technological innovation and market competitiveness.

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