Google Co-Founder Larry Page to take over as CEO

Google announced today that as part of a shakeup in senior management, Eric Schmidt is stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer. Schmidt, who has been in the role for the last 10 years, will be replaced by another of Google's co-founders, Larry Page. He will also lead product development and technology strategy. The current CEO however isn't leaving the company and will stay on in an advisory capacity as the Executive Chairman. On the change Mr. Schmidt had the following to say:

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. In my clear opinion, Larry is ready to lead and I’m excited about working with both him and Sergey for a long time to come.

Google's other co-founder Sergey Brin has decided as part of this shakeup that he will devote his time and energy toward strategic projects, and more specifically new products.

Mr. Page commented on his promotion to CEO saying:

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.

The changeover however will not be immediate, and will instead take place April 4th.

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Seems strange to me that Page is the one taking the CEO job, it always seemed to me to be Brin that was more authoritative and charismatic, and hence a better potential CEO. That said, Brin hates being a businessman, so I guess even if they offered him the job he wouldn't take it

I have a feeling Eric was only there to teach Larry how to lead, it's not easy running a massive corporation esp with the growth Google had. This was probably their intent all along.

bdsams said,
I have a feeling Eric was only there to teach Larry how to lead, it's not easy running a massive corporation esp with the growth Google had. This was probably their intent all along.

Schmidt was brought in because the shareholders had no confidence in Larry and Sergei's ability to compete with the big boys as businessmen. I guess they're happy to let page run the company now without supervision (as Northgrove showed) and so Schmidt was surplus to requirements (no disrespect intended to Eric).

Northgrove said,
So back to how they begun then.

Pretty much. They needed Schmidt through the early years because he was an experienced businessman with contacts, and without him I doubt that Google would have become as big of an influence. 10 years on, and I can imagine that Page is ready to step into the spotlight and continue running the company.

Doubt we'll notice much from a user point-of-view...
Glad Google's devoting more to new products.. Self-Driving space rockets anyone?

Tjcrazy said,
Doubt we'll notice much from a user point-of-view...
Glad Google's devoting more to new products.. Self-Driving space rockets anyone?

I'm not. They should concentrate on and improve what they are good at instead of trying to branch out into everything. They've been making some terrible decisions with their products lately also. The new image search is really horrible; they should stop trying to copy Bing. Also their instant search is the most annoying and useless thing I've ever seen.

TRC said,

I'm not. They should concentrate on and improve what they are good at instead of trying to branch out into everything. They've been making some terrible decisions with their products lately also. The new image search is really horrible; they should stop trying to copy Bing. Also their instant search is the most annoying and useless thing I've ever seen.


I, for one, love the instant search <i>and</i> the new image search.

TRC said,

I'm not. They should concentrate on and improve what they are good at instead of trying to branch out into everything. They've been making some terrible decisions with their products lately also. The new image search is really horrible; they should stop trying to copy Bing. Also their instant search is the most annoying and useless thing I've ever seen.

Instant Live search rocks....works perfectly for me on both my pc's and my Android phone...

How are they copying Bing ?? MS copied there entire layout IMO....look at the top menubar....it's what google have had for years

Baked said,

Instant Live search rocks....works perfectly for me on both my pc's and my Android phone...

How are they copying Bing ?? MS copied there entire layout IMO....look at the top menubar....it's what google have had for years


Google has copied EVERYTHING in the last 18 months from Bing. From the big Search box, the navigation pane in the left, the search result previews, homepage background to image and video search UI's -- every single thing has been copied from Bing.

Baked said,

Instant Live search rocks....works perfectly for me on both my pc's and my Android phone...

How are they copying Bing ?? MS copied there entire layout IMO....look at the top menubar....it's what google have had for years

Why on earth would you want your search engine loading crap in the background while you're trying to type in your search terms. It's just a completely unnecessary load on your OS and network not to mention really annoying having the page refreshing every few letters you type. Are people so lazy and impatient now that they can't wait and click the search button?

The new image search sucks because you no longer get to see any information about the results (image dimensions, etc) unless you hover over them, and it loads a crap ton of images at once which sucks for older systems or slower connections. Bing's image search (which they ripped it off from) still works much better, but I prefer Google's classic image search to both.

TRC said,
Why on earth would you want your search engine loading crap in the background while you're trying to type in your search terms. It's just a completely unnecessary load on your OS and network not to mention really annoying having the page refreshing every few letters you type. Are people so lazy and impatient now that they can't wait and click the search button?

Then turn it off and live happy. Those that prefer instant search can leave it enabled, and we can all hold hands and sing about living in harmony.

TRC said,

Why on earth would you want your search engine loading crap in the background while you're trying to type in your search terms. It's just a completely unnecessary load on your OS and network not to mention really annoying having the page refreshing every few letters you type. Are people so lazy and impatient now that they can't wait and click the search button?

The new image search sucks because you no longer get to see any information about the results (image dimensions, etc) unless you hover over them, and it loads a crap ton of images at once which sucks for older systems or slower connections. Bing's image search (which they ripped it off from) still works much better, but I prefer Google's classic image search to both.


How is a few hundred bytes per request a load on anything?

SharpGreen said,

How is a few hundred bytes per request a load on anything?

It's like sitting there hitting the F5 button on your browser, reloading the page over and over...it's stupid. Wait until I type my search terms in before you start searching, Google isn't psychic.

TRC said,

It's just a completely unnecessary load on your OS and network

What, are you still using a DX2-66? "Unnecessary load" Get your hand off it.

TRC said,

Why on earth would you want your search engine loading crap in the background while you're trying to type in your search terms. It's just a completely unnecessary load on your OS and network not to mention really annoying having the page refreshing every few letters you type. Are people so lazy and impatient now that they can't wait and click the search button?

The new image search sucks because you no longer get to see any information about the results (image dimensions, etc) unless you hover over them, and it loads a crap ton of images at once which sucks for older systems or slower connections. Bing's image search (which they ripped it off from) still works much better, but I prefer Google's classic image search to both.


Not only that, but it is also bugged as hell, on both windows and linux, FF, Chrome and IE, if you write your phrase, pause and if you waited to long (if google finished loading the page) if you continue to type, the page goes blank, enter key is bugged and you manually have to PRESS search....
but also the resource usage of it, is quite high, i see FF going up in CPU usage when using google, and for something thats just TYPING IN A BUNCH OF WORDS using over 2000mhz of CPU power is just crazy

but hey, i might be wrong, since CPU power has been in such an abundance (almost everyone moved up to at least dual core 2ghz). Seems like lots of developers stopped trying to tweak their products to be more sufficient. But hey, its normal for a basic website now to eat up the resources which a game like Crysis 2 or GTA4 cant top.