Google is making changes to the way it functions internally from a corporate structure standpoint. At the end of the week last week, Re/code reported on an internal memo CEO Larry Page sent to staff detailing some of the changes.
The biggest change is that Sundar Pichai, who has been heading Android and Chrome, is taking over leadership of the company’s core products, reporting to Page. He’s basically becoming Page’s right-hand man from the sound of it, and freeing Page up from having to directly deal with everything himself. Pichai will focus on product, while Page focuses on business.
On Monday, The Wall Street Journal shared some actual excerpts form the memo. One says:
“In terms of management meetings, we’re going to simplify things too, taking our current main management meeting and splitting it into more focused parts. Sundar will run… product-centric meetings with real focus on excellence. I will run a more business-centric meeting with our functional leaders and Sundar, drilling into sales, partnerships and deals as well as any important legal, finance, HR, government relations or PR issues.”
“Our previous structure with multiple different product areas all reporting to me is relatively unorthodox. In principle that’s good because we are not a conventional company and do not intend to become one. But it’s hard to scale as many decisions ended up coming through me. Our new approach is a more common corporate structure … scalable, focused and enables fast decision making. That’s what we need right now for Google to stay innovative, maintain our velocity and build truly excellent products.”
Roles of co-founder Sergey Brin, CFO Patrick Pichette, and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond will reportedly remain unchanged. Executive chairman Eric Schmidt was not even mentioned in the report.
Page will reportedly work on business issues with Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani, who recently replaced Nikesh Arora. Page will also focus more of his time on Google’s access and energy initiatives.
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