Today, Alphabet announced that Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will step down from their leadership roles. Current Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take their place.
Up until today, Pichai was the CEO of Google and the president of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Page and Brin, who founded Google in the 1990s, acted as co-CEOs of Alphabet. Now, Page and Brin will step down and there will be one leader at both Alphabet and Google: Sundar Pichai.
Page and Brin have been out of the spotlight for some time now, so this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Since Pichai took over the reins at Google, Page and Brin have barely made any public appearances and have seemed to be very “hands-off” with the day-to-day needs of the company they co-founded.
What this restructuring means is unclear at the moment, though. With Sundar Pichai in charge of everything, Google and its sister companies might become more streamlined. However, in a world where the notion of breaking up Big Tech is a hot topic, the consolidation of the leadership of such a massive company as Alphabet could be seen as a controversial move.
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