Larry Page to replace Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO

By on January 20, 2011, 5:12 PM
Google has announced upcoming managerial changes that will see Eric Schmidt step down from his decade-long run as chief executive. Starting April 4, Google co-founder Larry Page will replace Eric Schmidt as the company's CEO. Schmidt will become Google's executive chairman and will focus on making external deals, partnerships, and government outreach.

"We've been talking about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making for a long time. By clarifying our individual roles we'll create clearer responsibility and accountability at the top of the company," Schmidt explains. "Larry is ready to lead and I'm excited about working with both him and Sergey for a long time to come."


While Larry Page manages Google's day-to-day operations, co-founder Sergey Brin will work on new products and strategic projects. Despite their separate roles, Schmidt noted that all three have been equally involved in making decisions over the last 10 years, and that's not going to change. "We will continue to discuss the big decisions among the three of us."

Along with that announcement, Google has reported reported revenues of $8.44 billion for the fourth quarter ending December 31, an increase of 26% from the same period in 2009. Net income rose 29% to $2.54 billion or $7.81 per share. Some 67% of Google's revenue was derived from its own sites while 30% was earned from partner sites.




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princeton princeton said:

I KNEW IT! THEY GOT RID OF HIM! Well at least as the CEO they got rid of him.

Leeky Leeky said:

So he's no longer the face of Google, but basically still carries on as before?

I mean if the three of them have been making all the decisions as a group it'll be no different even with the 3 amigos switching around or whatever.

princeton princeton said:

Leeky said:

So he's no longer the face of Google, but basically still carries on as before?

I mean if the three of them have been making all the decisions as a group it'll be no different even with the 3 amigos switching around or whatever.

We won't see as many press releases/statements from him. He is after all the guy who said if we didn't like street view to "move"

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I love street view.

Guest said:

I still don't trust Google.

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