In a very brief blog post, Alphabet announced that it has hired a new CEO to lead its telecommunications division, Access. Dinesh Jain was previously Chief Operating Officer at Time Warner Cable for over two years and now leads Google Fiber, among other efforts.
According to Alphabet, Jain officially began his role today and is an “accomplished veteran of the U.S. and European cable and telecommunications industries.” In addition to Fiber, he now oversees Webpass — which was recently in the news after announcing plans to pullout of Boston — and presumably other Alphabet communication projects.
From January 2014 to May 2016, Jain was Chief Operating Officer at Time Warner Cable. Prior to that he had a ten-year tenure at Insight Communications, an internet provider than served 760,000 subscribers mostly in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
Google Fiber has had a turbulent history in recent months, beginning in October of 2016 with the departure of CEO Craig Barratt. At that time, future deployment was paused, though Fiber reiterated that current service would continue.
Since then, Google has continued rolling out to existing cities and added new features. In December, Fiber launched in San Antonio with a rethought sole gigabit tier that dropped cable television for online streaming alternatives.
Meanwhile, in terms of leadership, Fiber’s previous CEO lasted only five months, with Alphabet CEO Larry Page having to allay fears. In July of last year, Page commented that they were still “committed to the success of Google Fiber.”