Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to step down from parent firm

 
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Larry Page (L) and Sergey Brin (R), the co-founders of Google, at a press event in 2008 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The pair (photographed in 2008) founded Google 21 years ago

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, have announced they are stepping down from running the online giant’s parent company.

The two will leave their roles as CEO and president of Alphabet but will remain on the company’s board.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will become Alphabet’s CEO, a press release said.

Alphabet was created in 2015 as part of a corporate restructuring of Google, which Mr Page and Mr Brin famously founded in a California garage in 1998.

The parent company was intended to make the tech giant’s activities “cleaner and more accountable” as it expanded from internet search into other areas like self-driving cars.

The pair moved from Google to Alphabet when it was formed – they said they made the jump to focus on starting new initiatives.

But in a blog post on Tuesday, the pair, both aged 46, announced their departure from Alphabet.

A joint letter said they would remain “actively involved as board members, shareholders and co-founders” but said it was the “natural time to simplify our management structure”.

“We’ve never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company. And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President,” their letter said.

They also declared it was time to “assume the role of proud parents – offering advice and love, but not daily nagging” and insisted there was “no better person” to lead the company into the future than Mr Pichai.

The 47-year-old was born in India, where he studied engineering. He went on to study in the US at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania before joining Google in 2004.

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