Former Google-CEO Eric Schmidt quit his role as technical advisor for Google and the mother company Alphabet, according to a source from CNET.
Schmidt’s departure marks the end of an era. Over the past twenty years, the company has grown into one of the most important tech companies in the world. Schmidt has been a key figure at Google for 20 years. In 2001 Schmidt became the CEO of Google after leaving his former employer Novell. After his tenure as CEO he became chairman of the board of directors of Alphabet and a science and technology advisor.
To further Google’s market position, Schmidt oversaw the company’s rapid growth from a small search engine to one of the world’s largest companies specialising in email, cloud computing and smartphones. Schmidt left Alphabet’s board of directors last year but still owns 4.1 million shares of Alphabet, according to CNET.
Schmidt has since turned his attention to other ventures. Currently, he is the chairman of the Defense Innovation Board of the U.S. government, which advises the Pentagon on all promising new technologies for military purposes. He is also chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which advises the U.S. Congress on AI technology for defence purposes.
More recently, Schmidt deployed his expertise during the corona crisis. Just last week, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced that Schmidt would serve as chairman of a new committee charged with updating the state’s technological infrastructure and practices both during and after the coronavirus. That group focuses on technologies that can improve remote care and remote learning.