The surprise move sees Eric Schmidt become Executive Chairman at the company, after 10 years ruling the roost. Under his watch, Google has introduced game-changing products including Gmail, Chrome and Android.
“Day-to-day adult supervision no longer needed!” Schmidt tweeted after the announcement.
Larry Page will take over the day-to-day operations starting April 4, as a move to “speed up decision making at the company”, and in a ploy to compete with social networking rivals such as Facebook and Twitter. Sergey Brin, Google’s other Co-founder, will “devote his time and energy to strategic projects”.
Page said in a statement: “Eric has clearly done an outstanding job leading Google for the last decade. The results speak for themselves. There is no other CEO in the world that could have kept such headstrong founders so deeply involved and still run the business so brilliantly. Eric is a tremendous leader and I have learned innumerable lessons from him. His advice and efforts will be invaluable to me as I start in this new role. Google still has such incredible opportunity — we are only at the beginning and I can’t wait to get started.”
So what does this mean for Android? Well, not much, apparently. According to speculation, some people have commented that Larry Page was a far larger proponent of the Android operating system than Schmidt. Regardless of who’s in control, we can’t see Android going anywhere.
[Source: The Guardian]