Google's business chief departs for SoftBank in latest leadership change

Nikesh Arora, who joined Google nearly a decade ago, will move to Japan's SoftBank Corp as vice chairman, according to a post by Page on the Google+ social network.

Omid Kordestani, who has led sales teams at Google for years, will take over in the interim, marking the latest change to Google's senior leadership in past months.

Android operating software boss Andy Rubin stepped aside last year, and Salar Kamangar, head of the YouTube video website, was succeeded in February by longtime Google ad executive Susan Wojcicki.

In April, Vic Gundotra, head of social networking services, said he was exiting.

Arora's surprise departure was announced as Google reported results that beat investors' expectations on Thursday.

Revenue in the three months ended June 30 totaled US$15.96 billion (S$19.82 billion), compared to US$13.11 billion in the year-ago period. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S were looking for US$15.61 billion in revenue.

The world's No.1 Internet search company said the number of "paid clicks" by consumers on its ads increased 25 per cent year-on-year in the quarter. But the average price of the ads declined 6 per cent.

Google earned US$3.42 billion or US$4.99 per share in the second quarter, versus US$3.23 billion or US$4.77 per share a year earlier. Excluding certain items, Google said it earned US$6.08 a share.

Shares of Google were up roughly 1 per cent in after hours trading on Thursday at US$580.