Nest Joins Google Home Team, CEO Steps Down
Nest CEO, Marwan Fawaz, has reportedly stepped down from the smart security cam company, after the division moved to fall under the Google Home team.
According to CNET, Fawaz managed Nest’s integration into Google five months ago, with the company operating as an independent Alphabet-owned entity for the last three years.
The decision to bring Nest under the Google Home team aims to provide better hardware and software integration – specifically within the realm of artificial intelligence.
Nest will be managed by Rishi Chandra – the VP of Product Management for Google’s smart home products – whilst Fawaz moves to take on an advisory role.
The tech giant reportedly does not have plans to drop the Nest brand, with the company’s product range tipped to remain separate from Google branded goods.
Commentators predict the leadership shuffle will promote deeper integration between Nest and Google Assistant.
It’s a stark deviation from previous reports, with Alphabet previously in talks with Amazon to sell Nest in 2016.