Googles Eric Schmidt goes down
Surveillance supervisor of Google Eric Schmidt (According to Forbes, 19th-richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of US$11.1 billion.) is stepped down as head of Google parent company Alphabet.
The ex-Sun CEO who came onboard at Google for “adult supervision” and who is known for his generosity towards surveillance people and dismissed people who worried about surveillance business-models as unrealistic nutcases, is stepping down as head of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.
He joined Google in 2001 to provide what amounted to adult supervision for the company’s young founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. He helped take Google public in 2004 and built it into a colossus. In 2011, after being appointed an executive chairman, he became a prominent emissary for the company in Washington.
He will retain a board seat and employee status as a “technical consultant.” He will remain active and serve in Google’s divisions of projects like smart cities, healthcare, and Artificial Intelligence. In his new role, he’ll likely advise the company’s urban development arm, Sidewalk Labs, its deep learning efforts, and its healthcare spin-offs, Verily and Calico.
Alphabet expects that its board will appoint a new, non-executive chairman at its next meeting in January, meaning that it will join the ranks of Apple and Microsoft as major companies with the non-executive chairman.