Why has Google separated from Cloud VP?

Google Cloud has separated from the Developer Relations VP, reportedly because of the controversial antisemitism comments that he shared online.

On Thursday, 16 July 2021, Google announced in an email that it was letting go of Amr Awadallah, the Vice President of Developer Relations for Google Cloud (Cloud VP). The email announcing that Awadallah was no longer the Cloud VP was written by Eyal Manor, the Vice President of Engineering and Product for Google Cloud.

The separation between the two is reportedly linked to Awadallah’s 10,000-word antisemitism manifesto that he posted on LinkedIn. Several employees reportedly described a contentious staff meeting that happened on Wednesday, 15 July 2021, regarding the manifesto. The manifesto, titled “We Are One,” reportedly relies on Awadallah’s personal anecdotes and attempts to denounce antisemitism by narrating how he became enlightened after he reportedly used to hate all Jews.

Furthermore, Awadallah reportedly went on to share how he was cautious of Mendel Rosenblum, the co-founder of VMware, because of his last name, but that changed after getting to know him and his spouse. Moreover, Awadallah reportedly also posted the manifesto on YouTube and Twitter. Employees reportedly said that his public admission made it difficult for developers at Google who work directly with the public and are tasked with being the face and the bridge for Google developers internally and externally.

Additionally, several employees reportedly came forward and claimed that they had been frustrated with Awadallah’s leadership style for months. The discomfort reportedly resulted in a confrontation and human resources (HR) had to step in and offer mediation. Lastly, the contention caused by the manifesto reportedly led to tough questions for Google about how the company handles diversity among its leaders. Furthermore, employees reportedly said that if Google would not fire Awadallah, it would be controversial as they often got reprimanded by him for social media posts that were far less offensive than what he wrote.