Alphabet Inc’s Google has appointed Injong Rhee, former CTO of Samsung Electronics Co, to head its Internet of Things business. According to a report in Reuters, Rhee announced his new role through a LinkedIn post, where he said 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.
Google spokeswoman Jane Hynes confirmed to Reuters Rhee’s hiring by Google’s cloud computing unit, but declined to comment further.
According to Rhee, he aims to harmonise Alphabet’s various projects related to the Internet of Things (IoT). 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 said in his post.
Each of the leading cloud computing sellers, including Amazon.com, Microsoft Corp, 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, said Reuters.
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, according to Reuters.