The first impression when seeing a picture of Larry Page, Google’s new chief executive officer, is “whoa he’s a bit young”. If Wikipedia is to be believed, Page is 38 – older than he looks but still young for a CEO. Either way – Page takes over the big chair at Google today. This means Eric Schmidt steps down from his role as CEO and provider of “adult supervision” to Page and Sergey Brin, who founded Google when they were students.
“I believe Larry is ready. His ideas are very interesting and clever and it’s time for him to have a shot at running this. I am enormously proud of my last decade as CEO and I am certain that the next 10 years under Larry will be even better! Larry, in my clear opinion, is ready to lead,” Schmidt said as Page’s new role was announced in January.
Schmidt will remain onboard as executive chairman of Google, and has assured investors that he does not expect any big changes at Google, because “we tend to agree on pretty much everything”. How sweet.