Looker CEO Departs Google Cloud Two Years After Acquisition

  • Looker vice president Frank Bien left Google Cloud in February, according to his LinkedIn profile.
  • Bien was CEO of Looker before Google Cloud acquired it for $2.4 billion in 2020.
  • Bien left Google Cloud shortly before it laid off dozens of its support staff, including those at Looker.

The president and CEO of the data analytics company Looker, which Google Cloud acquired for $2.4 billion in 2020, has left the company, Insider has learned.

Frank Bien, who became the vice president of Looker at Google Cloud after its acquisition, left the company in February, according to a recent update to his LinkedIn profile. Bien left shortly before Google Cloud laid off dozens of its support staff earlier this month. Many of the people impacted by these layoffs were part of Looker. 

“We can confirm that Frank Bien is no longer with Google Cloud,” a Google spokesperson told Insider in a statement. “We appreciate his contributions and wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”

Bien reported directly to Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian. Last April, Google Cloud also hired Gerrit Kazmaier from SAP as a vice president and general manager to oversee Looker and other database and data analytics products.

Google Cloud first announced in 2019 that it would acquire Looker, which builds software that competes with products like Domo, Salesforce’s Tableau, Microsoft’s Power BI and Amazon’s QuickSight. The deal represented the first major acquisition under Kurian, who took over Google Cloud from his predecessor Diane Greene in 2018.

Google Cloud has since incorporated Looker with its other products, including the cybersecurity tool Chronicle and the data warehousing service BigQuery. Google Cloud also started outsourcing Looker’s support functions, Morning Brew’s Hayden Field reported.

The layoffs caused a lot of blowback from employees, who grilled Cloud leaders during a town hall earlier this month and accused them of eroding employees’ trust. It also bubbled up to Google’s company-wide all-hands, known as TGIF, with one of the most popular questions asking whether the cuts were “antithetical to Cloud’s push into Enterprise.” 

Insider has approached Bien for comment.

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