‘We’re not restructuring because AI is taking away roles’, Google CBO claims

Google Chief Business Officer, Philipp Schindler, has said the advanced use of AI has not directly contributed to recent layoffs.

In a conference call today [31 January 2034], Schindler said: “I also want to be clear, when we restructure, there’s always an opportunity to be more efficient and smarter in how we service and grow our customers.

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“We’re not restructuring because AI is taking away roles that are important here, but we see significant opportunities here with our AI-powered solution to actually deliver incredible ROI at scale, and that’s why we’re doing some of those adjustments.”

The news comes as the search giant recently announced it was laying off hundreds of employees in its advertising sales team.

However, these layoffs followed job cuts made in Google’s hardware, voice-assistance and engineering teams.

In a statement, Google said the cost-cutting measure comes as it responsibly invests in the company’s “biggest priorities” and “significant opportunities ahead”.

It said: “Some teams are continuing to make these kinds of organisational changes, which include some role eliminations globally.”