Former Google executives Eric Schmidt, Diane Greene to leave council

(Reuters) – Google parent company, Alphabet Inc said on Tuesday former Chairman and Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene stepped down from the search of the board of directors in June.

FILE PHOTO: Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor, Alphabet Inc. speaking on the 2019 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, USA, April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Robin Washington, chief financial officer of biotech company Gilead Sciences Inc., will join the board of directors.

The changes follow scandals in which Google’s handling of sexual misconduct cases, and other situations that have led the employees and shareholders to the supervisory board.

Schmidt, who was instrumental in Google’s growth for a decade, it remains a technical advisor to the Alphabet. He stepped down as president about a year ago.

“After 18 years of board (meetings), I am following coach Bill Campbell’s legacy and helping the next generation of talent to serve,” he said in a series of tweets, referring to a late tech executive who is the subject of “a Trillion Dollars of the Coach”, a new book, which Schmidt co-author.

He said that he would continue to serve in the government technology advisory councils, and learning.

Greene not immediately respond to a request for comment. Google hired Oracle Corp veteran Thomas Kurian to lead its cloud computing unit at the end of last year.

An employee who is involved in the management of employee requirements not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Washington is an executive of Gilead for about 11 years and worked at business software companies for the Alphabet said.

Thousands of employees of Google in recent months have urged the company corporate governance changes after it acknowledged mistakes in the handling of sexual misconduct allegations and other employee grievances. Multiple shareholder lawsuits against the board of directors and executives who come from that matters also called for changes to the board of directors and the company rules.

Reporting by Uday Sampath, Bengaluru and Paresh Dave in San Francisco; Editing by Bernard Orr and Richard Chang

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