Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the two men who co-founded Google and later Alphabet Inc., have announced that they are stepping down from their positions as CEOs to the latter. In their place, Sundar Pichai, the current CEO at Google, has been named as their successor and will take on a dual role as CEO for both entities.
The announcement was made in a joint letter via Google’s official public blog page. Both Page and Brin state that they remain as employees of Alphabet, but will no longer be as active in either Google or Alphabet’s dealing in any specific capacity.
“Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet. He will be the executive responsible and accountable for leading Google, and managing Alphabet’s investment in our portfolio of Other Bets.” Brin wrote in the post.
I’m excited about Alphabet’s long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology. Thanks to Larry & Sergey, we have a timeless mission, enduring values and a culture of collaboration & exploration – a strong foundation we’ll continue to build on https://t.co/tSVsaj4FsR
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) December 4, 2019
Pichai was first appointed as CEO of Google back in 2015. While at Google, Pichai was given the task of handling Google’s Android business from Andy Rubin, the founder and creator of the Android OS. One year after he became CEO of Google, the search engine saw over one billion devices shipped out globally.
“I want to be clear that this transition won’t affect the Alphabet structure or the work we do day to day. I will continue to be very focused on Google and the deep work we’re doing to push the boundaries of computing and build a more helpful Google for everyone.” Pichai wrote in the same blog post.