Google Wallet’s Bedier Bids Goodbye
May 13, 2013
In a statement late last week, Google confirmed that Osama Bedier, the head of Google Wallet who was brought in from PayPal to lead the mobile payment initiative, has left the company. The departure comes nearly simultaneously with reports that Google has scrapped the rumored physical companion card that was to have been unveiled at Google’s annual I/O developer conference.
“We can confirm that Osama Bedier has decided to leave Google this year to pursue other opportunities,” a Google spokesman said. “He’s achieved a lot during his time here and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor. Payments are a big part of what people do every day, and we’re committed to making them easier for everyone.”
Bedier’s arrival at Google in 2011 was controversial, precipitating a lawsuit by PayPal parent eBay alleging the misappropriation of trade secrets. Two years after Google Wallet’s introduction, NFC-based contactless payments still have not garnered widespread adoption.