Eric Schmidt CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011 and since then chairman of the board of directors, has left Alphabet, the company under whose hat Google is located.
Schmidt, who had been chosen as Google's CEO in 2001, left his technical consultant role in February. To report it C-net explaining that the exit ends 19 years of work in Google, called to supervise the work of the then young founders of the company, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Schmidt's exit occurs three years after he resigned as executive president, with no operational role left.
Schmidt's release marks a new evolution for Google: first the step back of the founders, then the choice of Sundar Pichai as new CEO, then the replacement of longtime attorney David Drummond and now a new jolt, without any official announcement.
Schmidt, of course, is not idle but for him a place in the Pentagon is foreseen. It has been rumored for some time of n role in the Defense Innovation Board that works with the US military forces; the former Google, among other things, president of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and also a commission in New York to modernize state offers of the Internet, remote learning and telemedicine in the context of post-coronavirus rescue interventions.
Schmidt has a vision of privacy and user data management. In 2009, when asked if it was possible to trust Google as "a friend you can trust", he replied: "If you have something you don't want to let anyone know, maybe you shouldn't do it in the first place", admitting in other words that in some cases Google is forced to release users' personal data to the authorities that request them.
Engineer and businessman came to Google in the late 1990s. At the same time, the two founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page were trying to sell their creature to larger companies, such as Excite, but the latter refused the acquisition for 1 million dollars and even for 750 thousand dollars. In 2001, Schmidt became chief operating officer and transformed Google into a public limited company, launching an offer to the public of securities (IPO) to go public on the regulated market and since then it has been an endless growth.
Among the obscure events to remember by Schmidt, the agreement with Steve Jobs and Adobe, a sort of non-belligerence pact, with which everyone undertook not to steal from each other the best employees, a modus operandi that, discovered later, was also adopted by Intel, Pixar, Lucas Film, PayPal and many other big names in the sector.