In 2011, Google dished out a reported $100 million to ensure that executive Neal Mohan wouldn’t make the jump to Twitter. Now it appears that Mohan is leaving the company for Dropbox.
According to Re/code’s Kara Swisher, the $100 million man is all but ready to jump ship at a time when Dropbox is undergoing a major transition at it attempts to better compete in the enterprise storage and collaboration market.
Mohan joined Google in 2008 after the company acquired online-ads provider DoubleClick. Mohan worked under Google vet Susan Wojcicki. Wojcicki led ads and Mohan executed the grand vision that had made DoubleClick an instant success for Google.
In 2014, Wojcicki left her ads job for a position at YouTube and many experts believed Mohan would follow her. The pair, still under Google’s umbrella, worked closely together, to the point that many workers at Google thought he had moved positions.
If Neal Mohan has indeed decided to join Dropbox, he would be in familiar company. Dropbox COO Dennis Woodside left Google for Dropbox approximately 18 months ago, he formerly led Google’s Motorola division.
If Swisher’s report is correct, Mohan will reportedly be Dropbox’s new head of product, a position formerly filled by Ilya Fushman who left for Index Ventures in May.
During his time at Google the $100 million man led strategic acquisitions of Admeld, Teracent, and Invite Media.
Google, Mohan, and Dropbox have not responded to requests for further information at this time.