Vulcan Inc. has named a former Google executive, Ravi Jain, as its new chief technology officer, responsible for leading technology strategy at Microsoft co-founder’s Paul Allen’s Seattle-based company, while also expanding Vulcan’s tech operations and development teams.
Jain has spent the past 10 years at Google and the search giant’s former Motorola Mobility unit, focusing on mobile technologies, including mobile search syndication, location-based services and mobile projects in sub-Saharan Africa. He launched and oversaw engineering efforts for Google’s mobile ads, which grew into a multi-billion dollar business.
In addition to overseeing technology across the company, Vulcan says his responsibilities in the new role will include innovation and technology for Vulcan’s social-impact projects in climate and wildlife conservation, including the Great Elephant Census, Sea Around Us and FinPrint.
Jain will report to Barbara Bennett, Vulcan president and COO, in the new role.