Dr. Eric Schmidt Joins Google’s Board of Directors as Chairman
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – March 26, 2001 – Google Inc. today announced that Dr. Eric E. Schmidt, 45, currently chairman and CEO of Novell, Inc., has joined Google’s board of directors as chairman. Schmidt succeeds Sergey Brin, 27, Google’s founding chairman and current president. Schmidt’s appointment is effective immediately. Google also announced that Schmidt has made a significant financial investment in the company.
"Eric is widely acknowledged as a brilliant technologist and savvy business leader," said Larry Page, Google’s co-founder and CEO. "These qualities, combined with his entrepreneurial spirit and fit with Google’s culture, make Eric the perfect addition to our board of directors."
"Eric has a proven record in understanding and developing the promise of great technologies," said Brin. "His extensive experience will be of incomparable value to our board as we define the company’s plan for growth. We welcome Eric’s leadership as chairman of Google’s board."
Schmidt also is chairman of Novell subsidiary Volera, Inc., and serves on the boards of Siebel Systems, Integrated Archive Systems, and Tilion.
Prior to his appointment at Novell, Schmidt was chief technology officer and corporate executive officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. He was also a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and held positions at Bell Laboratories and Zilog. Schmidt has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California-Berkeley.
With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards for Best Technical Achievement; WIRED magazine’s Reader Raves Award for Most Intelligent Agent; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence awards from PC Magazine; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor’s Pick from CNET. A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo!, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. More information about Google can be found on the Google site at www.google.com.
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