She's an accomplished robotics expert and helped found GoogleX, the Alphabet's experimental division. Matsuoka recently left Apple, where she worked on health-related projects, after only six months.
Why now? Her arrival at Nest is some sorely-needed good news for the company.
- Nest made headlines in early 2014 when it sold to Google's parent company for $3.2 billion, but it's had some rough times since then.
- Last year, co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell (also known as the "father of the iPod") left the company after scathing reports exposed staff frustrations with his management style.
- Nest's development and release of new products has also reportedly frustrated its parent company, which has since taken to building its own home connected devices.