Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure, Google
Urs Hölzle is Google’s senior vice president, technical infrastructure, and a Google Fellow. In this capacity, Hölzle oversees the design and operation of the servers, networks, and data centers that power Google's services. Through efficiency innovations, Hölzle and his team have reduced the energy used by Google data centers to less than 50% of the industry average. In addition, Hölzle manages many of Google's other green initiatives and oversees the company's involvement with the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, which Google cofounded with Intel and WWF. Hölzle grew up in Switzerland—selling WWF stamps to raise money—and received a master's degree in computer science from ETH Zurich and a PhD from Stanford. He is one of the inventors of the fundamental techniques used in most of today's Java compilers and he taught computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.