Pinterest, which was initially described as a social scrapbooking or photo sharing site, has hired Google’s Randy Keller, who was a senior staff engineer and led a team of forty engineers, as its first Head of Search. This is an absolutely new profile at Pinterest.
Keller worked with Google for almost a decade and was responsible for incorporating machine learning and computer vision signals into Google Image Search ranking. Randy is now reporting to Vanja Josifovski, himself a former Google executive and now the Head of Discovery Engineering at Pinterest.
Keller said about joining Pinterest, “Pinterest is the most exciting opportunity in visual discovery today, and I look forward to contributing my expertise in image search quality and ranking to the team responsible for helping millions of people discovery billions of ideas every day. Pinterest’s unprecedented data set presents new opportunities to build the next generation of search that’s personalized to each person on Pinterest.”