updated 07:23 am EDT, Fri May 16, 2014
Ivy Ross leads Google Glass effort, Adrian Wong leaves for Oculus VR
The leadership of Googles Glass has changed, with the tech giant hiring a fashion executive to head up the team. Ivy Ross, formerly of a string of high-profile companies, joins Google at the same time as news that lead electrical engineer Adrian Wong has left the project and Google in favor of Facebook and recent-acquisition Oculus VR.
Ross transfers over from the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Art.com to join Google, reports TechCrunch. Trained at Harvard, Ross has worked in marketing positions with Mattel, The Gap, Disney, Old Navy, Swatch, and Calvin Klein, a lineage that could help Google with a wider release of its smart headwear. Ross posted on Google+ that Glass is "especially cool," and thanks current Glass Explorer owners for providing feedback on the device during its limited release. "I feel like I have an incredible head start. And I look forward to learning even more from you, and experiencing Glass together," writes Ross.
Wong's departure was initially posted on Facebook as a goodbye letter earlier this month. "Three roller coaster years with Google[x] and Glass. What amazing memories. Now, time for the next great adventure!" writes Wong, adding there to be "more surprise news to come," but not where he was moving to. TechCrunch spotted the change on Wong's LinkedIn account, showing his current employer as Oculus VR. Oculus has since noted on Twitter the new employment of Wong.
While the shift from Google to Facebook of an important member of the team could be seen as bad for Glass, it is considerably late in the device's development cycle for Wong's departure to impact the project as a whole. Moving to Oculus VR will allow Wong to use his expertise in developing the Oculus Rift, a head-mounted display for virtual reality.