Last week Quentin Hardy, deputy tech editor for The New York Times, announced that he was heading to Google to take up the role of head of editorial. Hardy, one of the more respected tech journalists working within a traditional publication, has long been a fixture at technology conferences and could always be relied upon to assert his view — be it in an exec Q&A or at a press/influencer dinner.
This hiring is interesting from two angles. First, yet again it highlights just how seriously Google is approaching its cloud business. Since Google hired VMware co-founder and former CEO Diane Greene to head up its entire cloud division, which covers both G Suite (formerly Google Apps) and the Google Cloud Platform, there have been a steady stream of high-profile hires.