Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and the former CEO of Google’s cloud business Diane Greene will not seek re-election to the board of the internet giant’s parent company, Alphabet.
Schmidt became the firm’s CEO in 2001 and held the position for ten years. He then became the company’s executive chairman for a few years before eventually transitioning into the role of “technical adviser”. Overall, he has held a seat on the board for 18 years.
— Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) April 30, 2019
In this advisory role, Schmidt has said that he focuses on potential applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Alphabet has confirmed that Schmidt will continue to work with the board in this capacity.
“Eric has made an extraordinary contribution to Google and Alphabet as CEO, chairman, and board member,” said John Hennessy, the current chairman of the board of directors at Alphabet. “We are extremely grateful for his guidance and leadership over many years.”
Schmidt was name-checked six months ago in a damning New York Times investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct within Google and how it may have covered these allegations up. Schmidt was accused in a subsequent lawsuit of conspiring with other members of the board, including Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to cover up harassment perpetrated by company executives.
Diane Greene is also set to leave the Alphabet board, on which she has served since 2012 She became the CEO of Google’s cloud business after her start-up, Bebop, was acquired in 2015. She announced that Thomas Kurian would be taking over her role in late 2018.
All of this news broke yesterday (30 April) in a press release also confirming the appointment of Gilead chief financial officer Robin L Washington. Washington has served as the CFO of Gilead since 2014 and has previously held senior executive positions at Hyperion Solutions and PeopleSoft.
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