Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and current Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced he will be stepping down from that role and transitioning into a role named "technical advisor to the company while continuing to serve on its board."
He has been with the company since 2001, acting as the adult figure to the co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. For 17 years he has help lead the company into its dominate position in this world.
Matt Cutts, former Googler who joined Google a year before Eric Schmidt wrote:
Google has been fortunate to have @ericschmidt as a CEO and executive chairman. He guided the company through so many challenges with level-headed judgment. https://t.co/URHfMeCLqq— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) December 22, 2017
âSince 2001, Eric has provided us with business and engineering expertise and a clear vision about the future of technology,â said Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet. âContinuing his 17 years of service to the company, heâll now be helping us as a technical advisor on science and technology issues. Iâm incredibly excited about the progress our companies are making, and about the strong leaders who are driving that innovation.â
âLarry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabetâs evolution for this transition. The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving,â said Eric Schmidt. âIn recent years, Iâve been spending a lot of my time on science and technology issues, and philanthropy, and I plan to expand that work.â
Google said they will appoint a new "non-executive chairman" in the future.
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