Google just added a high-ranking Hulu executive to its team: The company has hired former Hulu CTO Tian Lim, who will be leading product and user experience efforts as a VP for Google Play. Lim’s departure isn’t the only recent high-profile exec exit for Hulu: The media service also announced the change of its CEO in October.
Lim left Hulu in September and officially began working for Google last month. Hulu’s SVP of engineering Barry Steinglass will be filling Lim’s role on an interim basis while the company is looking for a new CTO.
Lim had been Hulu’s CTO since early 2014, and was instrumental to the company’s development of its live TV streaming service. Before joining Hulu, Lim worked for more than three years for Sony Network Entertainment, the Sony unit that built the company’s PlayStation Now TV streaming service.
Lim isn’t the only recent high-level executive departure for Hulu. Late last month, the company abruptly announced that its CEO Mike Hopkins was leaving to lead Sony Pictures TV, and was being succeeded by Fox Networks Group COO Randy Freer.
The timing of the two departures doesn’t necessarily suggest any close connection — apparently, Lim left more than a month before Hopkins. However, it still brings up some memories of 2013, when the company’s founding CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Richard Tom both stepped down simultaneously.