Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced Tuesday that they are stepping down from their roles as CEO and president, respectively, at Google parent Alphabet. Google CEO Sundar Pichai will become CEO of Alphabet, and retain his current role at Google.
It marks the end of an era for Google. Page and Brin co-founded the search giant in 1998. They created Alphabet in 2015 as a holding company that includes Google.
Page and Brin published a blog post explaining their rationale for today’s announcement. From the post:
Today, in 2019, if the company was a person, it would be a young adult of 21 and it would be time to leave the roost. While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it’s time to assume the role of proud parents—offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!
With Alphabet now well-established, and Google and the Other Bets operating effectively as independent companies, it’s the natural time to simplify our management structure. We’ve never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company. And Alphabet and Google no longer …read more