Like all tech companies, Google is always on the lookout to hire the best and brightest employees. Often, that means luring workers away from competitors. Google has done just that the recent hire of Simon Prakash, who was formerly Apple senior director project integrity. It’s not clear at this point exactly what Google has in mind for Prakash. According to VentureBeat, the project he will be on is a secret.
VentureBeat notes that this is the first time Google has been able to hire way someone so senior from Apple. Another interesting point about this is that the hire comes at a time when the DOJ is investigating Apple and Google along with other companies for having an alleged agreement in place to not poach each other’s employees. The agreement is said to have been put in place to keep salaries low in the industry by limiting competition.
Prakash has been at Apple for over eight years and was responsible for product quality across all the Apple product lines ranging from smartphones to notebooks. Apparently, Prakash is set to start at Google today. The project he is working on is a secret at this time, but perhaps he will be overseeing some of the Motorola Android devices Google is working on.