According to CNET, Nest has announced today that
Marwan Fawaz will no longer be its CEO. As part of his
departure, Nest will now be folded into Google's home
and living room products team. In a joint interview with
Fawaz, Rishi Chandra, vice president of product
management for Google's home and living room
said that the combination would make it easier for Google
to integrate some of its machine learning technology and
artificial intelligence into Nest products.
This move comes six months after Nest merged with Google's
as well. Now, Nest will live under Google's home devices (like
the Home smart speakers) umbrella, which is led by Chandra.
"This is the natural evolution," he said to CNET. "We thought,
let's connect these things and build experiences that we really
couldn't do before."
According to CNET, Fawaz will stay on at Google as an
executive adviser, and that the Nest brand will stick around.
CNET reports that his exit came after an internal push for
leadership change, where several employees expressed
dissatisfaction and distrust in Fawaz after he replaced co-
founder Tony Fadell. Interestingly, CNET also reports that
when Fadell left in 2016, Alphabet had contemplated selling
off Nest to Amazon, which is now considered to be one of
Google's primary competitors in the smart home space.