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One More "Core Product Area" at Google: Commerce and Local, Led by Jeff Huber

We reported yesterday on new Google CEO Larry Page’s set of promotions to recognize the leaders of six “core product areas”: Android, social, Chrome, YouTube, search and ads. But there’s at least one more “core product area” in that group: Commerce and local, which is being led by senior vice president Jeff Huber.

Huber has held the title SVP of engineering for quite some time, and his product focus has recently been commerce and local, said a spokesperson. So, it may be that Huber wasn’t mentioned as part of the group of those promoted, because it was less of a change than the others.

Huber, in fact, posted with the title “Senior Vice President, Commerce and Local” in a Official Google Blog post today about the Department of Justice clearing Google’s acquisition of the airline data provider ITA.

Huber, who has been with Google since 2003, had previously led technology development for the company’s advertising and monetization systems. Before that, he was at eBay and Excite@Home.

It was announced in October that Marissa Mayer, the highly public Google exec who until recently lead the search team, would be leading the company’s local and location services. So, it’s also notable that Huber, rather than Mayer, has the title of SVP of that group.

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