Technical Advisor, Alphabet; Former CEO and Executive Chairman, Google
Eric Schmidt is a technical advisor to Alphabet, advising its leaders on technology, business, and policy issues. He joined Google in 2001 and helped grow it from a Silicon Valley start-up to a global leader in technology. Schmidt served as Google’s CEO from 2001 to 2011 and executive chairman from 2011 to 2018, alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Prior to Google, he was CEO and chair of the board of Novell. Before that, he was president of Sun Technology Enterprises at Sun Microsystems, which he joined in 1983 as its first software manager. Early in his career, Schmidt held a series of technical positions at IT companies.