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R.J. Pittman￼, a prominent product manager at Google, has left the company to join Apple, reports "TechCrunch" (http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/14/google-product-manager-rj-pittman-defec...).
At Google, he has served as director of product management for Google Labs and Google Search. It's not clear what he'll be doing at Apple.
Before Google, Pittman was co-founder and CEO of Groxis, a web search company; a managing partner of Venture Factory Partners, a technology venture capital and venture management firm; co-founder and CEO of Digital Courier Technologies, an ecommerce company; vice president of technology at Paradigm Systems Corp., a global IT systems and strategy consulting firm; and vice president of technology for Metric, a software start-up. He has a MS in Engineering-Economic Systems from Standford University.