In July, Google’s webspam team leader Matt Cutts announced that he was taking some time off from Google to spend time with his family. Originally he planned to take just a few months off and return in October, but a note added to his original blog post indicates that he now plans to extend the break into 2015.
Cutts says that he checked in with Google’s webspam team to make sure that everything was running smoothly, and when he found that the team was operating fine on its own, he decided that he would take some more personal time.
From the blog post:
Added: When I went on leave, I wanted to see how webspam would go without me. I’ve been talking to people on both the algorithmic and manual webspam teams during my leave, and they’ve been doing a top-notch job. So I’m planning on extending my leave into 2015.
Cutts hasn’t given an exact timetable for his eventual return. He has been at Google for about 14 years, though he originally planned on only working at the company for 4-5 years. After staying with the company for a decade longer than expected, it’s possible that he’s considering leaving Google altogether.