Co-founders Larry Page, president of Products, and Sergey Brin, president of Technology, brought Google to life in September 1998. Since then, the company has expanded to more than 500 employees worldwide, with a management team that represents some of the most experienced technology professionals in the industry, backed by funding from two leading venture capital firms. Recently, Dr. Eric E. Schmidt joined Google as chairman and chief executive officer.
Approximate number of employees: 500+
Ph.D.s on staff: 50+
Languages spoken: 34
Number of roller hockey players: 32
Number of offices worldwide: 12
Massage Therapists: 2
Google is a privately held company with primary financial backing from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital, which together led an equity round of $25 million in June 1999. Google also has benefited from several other high-profile investors, including Stanford University, Andy Bechtolsheim (co-founder of Sun Microsystems and current vice president of engineering of the Gigabit Switching Group at Cisco Systems), and Ram Shriram, an entrepreneur who previously held senior executive positions at Netscape, Junglee and Amazon.com.
Dr. Eric E. Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer
Sergey Brin, Co-Founder & President, Technology
Larry Page, Co-Founder & President, Products
George Reyes, Chief Financial Officer
Wayne Rosing, Vice President, Engineering
Omid Kordestani, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Field Operations
David C. Drummond, Vice President, Corporate Development
Jonathan Rosenberg, Vice President, Product Management
Tim Armstrong, Vice President, Advertising Sales
Joan Braddi, Vice President, Licensing Sales
Urs Hölzle, Google Fellow
Craig Silverstein, Director of Technology
Cindy McCaffrey, Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Board of Directors
Technical Advisory Council
|Google Inc. Management Team|
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. Since coming to Google, Schmidt has focused on building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid growth as a company and on ensuring that quality remains high while product development cycle times are kept to a minimum. Along with Page and Brin, Schmidt shares responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations.
Schmidt's Novell experience culminated a 20-year record of achievement as an Internet strategist, entrepreneur and developer of great technologies. Schmidt's well-seasoned perspective perfectly complements Google's needs as a young and rapidly growing search engine with a unique corporate culture.
Prior to his appointment at Novell, Schmidt was chief technology officer and corporate executive officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he led the development of Java, Sun's platform-independent programming technology, and defined Sun's Internet software strategy. Before joining Sun in 1983, Schmidt was a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and held positions at Bell Laboratories and Zilog. Schmidt has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and a master's and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California-Berkeley.
Sergey Brin (29), a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master's degree. Brin is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. It was at Stanford where he met Larry Page and worked on the project that became Google. Together they founded Google Inc. in 1998, and Brin continues to share responsibility for day-to-day operations with Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.
Brin's research interests include search engines, information extraction from unstructured sources, and data mining of large text collections and scientific data. He has published more than a dozen academic papers, including Extracting Patterns and Relations from the World Wide Web; Dynamic Data Mining: A New Architecture for Data with High Dimensionality, which he published with Larry Page; Scalable Techniques for Mining Casual Structures; Dynamic Itemset Counting and Implication Rules for Market Basket Data; and Beyond Market Baskets: Generalizing Association Rules to Correlations.
Brin has been a featured speaker at several national and international academic, business and technology forums, including the Academy of American Achievement; European Technology Forum; Technology, Entertainment and Design; and Silicon Alley 2001. He has shared his views on the technology industry and the future of search on the Charlie Rose Show, the ABC Nightly News, CNBC, and CNNfn as well as in numerous newspaper articles. Brin was named a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future" by MIT's Technology Review magazine in 2002.
Larry Page (30) was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as president, Products in April 2001. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin.
The son of Michigan State University computer science professor Dr. Carl Victor Page, Page's love of computers began at age six. While following in his father's footsteps in academics, Page became an honors graduate from cross-state rival the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering, with a concentration on computer engineering. During his time in Ann Arbor, Page received numerous leadership awards for his efforts toward improving the College of Engineering, served as president of the University's Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society and built a programmable plotter and inkjet printer out of Lego™.
While in the Ph.D program in computer science at Stanford University, Page met Sergey Brin and together they developed and ran Google, which began operating in 1998. Page went on leave from Stanford after earning his master's degree. Prior to Google, Page was a software developer at Advanced Management Systems in Washington, D.C., and CogniTek in Evanston, Ill.
Page has discussed business and technology on nationally broadcast programs including CNNfn and the Charlie Rose Show and as a speaker at numerous national and international forums, including the Churchill Club, The Wall Street Journal Technology Summit, the Commonwealth Club, Technologic Partners and PC Forum. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the University of Michigan College of Engineering and in 2002, was named a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future" by MIT's Technology Review magazine and a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow. Page has also been recognized as Research and Development Magazine's Innovator of the Year and was the first recepient of the University of Michigan Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award.
George Reyes joined Google as chief financial officer in August 2002 from ONI Systems, where as interim chief financial officer he assisted in the sale of the optical networking company. Reyes was previously at Sun Microsystems, where he served most recently as vice president and treasurer. During his 13 years at Sun, Reyes held a number of roles with increasing scope of responsibility including group controller for general systems, director of finance for intercontinental operations, audit director and vice president and corporate controller.
Reyes also served as a division controller at ROLM Corporation and CFO at Online Microcenters, a start-up computer retailer. Prior to that he was finance manager at Four Phase Systems, Inc. and held finance related positions at Memorex Corporation.
He currently serves on the audit committees and boards of directors of Symantec Corporation and Chordiant Software. Reyes holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from the University of South Florida.
Wayne Rosing brought to Google more than 30 years of engineering and research experience at some of Silicon Valley's most respected companies. That experience in forming high-performance engineering teams has served him well at Google where he is responsible for a staff of more than 100 technical professionals working in small teams on multiple projects. Rosing joined Google from Caere Corporation, where his most recent position was chief technology officer and vice president of Engineering. Rosing managed all engineering for Caere's optical character recognition (OCR) product lines and was the driving force behind the acquisition of the comprehensive forms application Omniform, which became one of Caere's key products.
Prior to joining Caere, Rosing served as president of FirstPerson, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Microsystems. While at FirstPerson, Rosing headed the team that developed the technology base for Java. That success was preceded by his founding of Sun Microsystems Laboratories, which grew to more than 100 researchers under his leadership. Rosing worked at Sun Microsystems in various executive positions from 1985 through 1994. Earlier in his career, Rosing was director of engineering for the Apple Computer Lisa and Apple II divisions and held management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Data General.
As the individual responsible for Google's revenue generation efforts, Omid Kordestani is the tireless leader of an international sales effort that has brought Google to profitability in record time. Kordestani has more than a dozen years of high-technology consumer and enterprise experience, including key positions at Internet pioneer Netscape Communications. As vice president of Business Development and Sales, Kordestani grew Netscape's website revenue from an annual run-rate of $88 million to more than $200 million in 18 months.
Kordestani joined Netscape as director of OEM Sales, and during his four-year career at that company he was responsible for establishing major customer relationships with Citibank, AOL, Amazon, Intuit, Travelocity, Intel, @Home, eBay, and Excite. Prior to Netscape, Kordestani held positions in marketing, product management, and business development at The 3DO Company, Go Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard.
Kordestani received an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.
David Drummond became Google's vice president, Strategy and Business Development in 2002. In this role, Drummond works with the management team to evaluate and drive new strategic business opportunities, including strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as Google' s general counsel.
Drummond was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, one of the nation's leading law firms representing technology businesses. Drummond served as Google's first outside counsel, and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. During his tenure at Wilson, Sonsini, he worked with a wide variety of technology companies, advising them on all aspects of their business and financial activities and helping them manage complex transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings.
Immediately prior to joining Google, Drummond served as executive vice president Finance and chief financial officer for SmartForce, where he helped transform the publicly-traded company into the world's largest e-learning company. Drummond earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Jonathan Rosenberg joined Google in 2002 with responsibility for the development and management of Google's varied product lines, from the Google Search Appliance to Google's advertising and web search services. He brings to the post more than 15 years experience in the fields of information services, the Internet, online services and computer software, including recent tenure as Senior Vice President of Online Products and Services for Excite@Home in Redwood City, California where he was the founding member of @Home's product group.
Prior to joining @Home, Rosenberg managed Apple's eWorld product line and served as a Director of Product Marketing for Knight-Ridder Information Services in Palo Alto. It was in this role that Rosenberg directed development of one of the first commercially deployed online relevance ranking engines and menu-driven Boolean search services for consumers. Rosenberg holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor of arts degree with honors in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Vice President, Advertising Sales
Tim Armstrong presides over Google's US advertising sales and operations effort as leader of the company's national sales team. Armstrong has gained wide recognition as a proponent of online advertising and is frequently asked to present to industry leaders on how best to generate online advertising ROI.
Armstrong joined Google from Snowball.com. As that company's vice president of Sales and Strategic Partnerships, he managed a team of 100 people and built the revenue foundation needed to take the company public in just 16 months. Armstrong was also responsible for key strategic partnerships that included equity and marketing investments by New Line Cinema and an exclusive partnership with the NFL.
Prior to his role at Snowball.com, Armstrong served as national sales manager for IDG's first Internet magazine, I-Way before founding and serving as director of Integrated Sales & Marketing at Starwave's and Disney's ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures. Armstrong is a graduate of Connecticut College with a double major in Economics and Sociology.
Braddi is a driving force behind Google's sales success, having built the company's Search Services business before taking on responsibility for sales of the Google Search Appliance. Braddi brought to Google more than a dozen years of high-technology sales and marketing experience in both the business and consumer markets. At Netscape, she held the position of director of business development and sponsorship sales for Netcenter, Netscape's website division. By nurturing relationships with eBay, Network Solutions and other major sponsorship partners, she grew Netscape's advertising and sponsorship revenue from $2 million per quarter to $12 million per quarter within 12 months. She was also responsible for business development opportunities within the business, computing, and Internet channels on Netcenter. As senior manager of Netscape's OEM sales, her first role with that company, Braddi established partnerships with Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Computer Associates, SGI, and Informix among others.
Prior to joining Netscape, Braddi oversaw emerging markets, applications, and OEM markets for the server division of Silicon Graphics. She is a graduate of San Jose State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
Urs Hölzle joined Google from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was an associate professor of computer science. He received a master's degree in computer science from ETH Zurich in 1988 and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship that same year. In 1994, he earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where his research focused on programming languages and their efficient implementation.
As one of the pioneers of dynamic compilation, also known as "just-in-time compilation," Hölzle invented fundamental techniques used in most of today's leading Java compilers. Before joining Google, Hölzle was a co-founder of Animorphic Systems, which developed compilers for Smalltalk and Java. After Sun Microsystems acquired Animorphic Systems in 1997, Hölzle helped build Javasoft's high-performance Hotspot Java compiler.
In 1996, Hölzle received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on high-performance implementations of object-oriented languages. Hölzle was also a leading contributor to DARPA's National Compiler Infrastructure project. He has served on program committees for major conferences in the field of programming language implementation, and is the author of numerous scientific papers and U.S. patents.
Hölzle was named Google Fellow after serving as the company's first vice president of Engineering. In that role he led development of the company's operational infrastructure and was renowned for both his red socks and his free-range Leonberger, Yoshka (Google's top dog).
Craig Silverstein was the first employee hired by Google's founders and created many of the original IT components to support Google's deployment and growth. Silverstein is currently on leave from Stanford University, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science, with a focus on information retrieval and data mining. Silverstein contributed his expertise in compression algorithms to Google while it was still a research project at Stanford. His other academic pursuits include super-efficient versions of basic data structures such as hash tables as well as efficient clustering of large data sets using Scatter/Gather and latent semantic indexing as it relates to clustering, which he explored at Xerox PARC.
Silverstein graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Harvard College, from which he also received Phi Beta Kappa distinction, the Microsoft Technical Scholarship, and twice received the Derek Bok Award for Teaching Excellence.
Cindy McCaffrey leads Google's corporate marketing efforts, with responsibility for corporate communications as well as marketing of Google's products and services to consumers and business customers. The exponential growth in awareness of Google is largely attributable to McCaffrey's efforts to disseminate information about the company through public relations and targeted marketing initiatives in lieu of large expenditures on advertising or promotion.
McCaffrey has 20 years of experience in public relations, investor relations, marketing communications, employee and customer communications, and reporting and editing. Prior to joining Google, McCaffrey led domestic and international corporate communications activities at several of Silicon Valley's highest profile companies, including Apple Computer, E*TRADE, The 3DO Company, and SmartForce.
McCaffrey graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska, and pursued graduate studies in American Literature at Southwest Missouri State University. She began her career as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers, including The Omaha World-Herald; the Springfield (Mo.) Leader & Press; the Kansas City Business Journal; and The Contra Costa Times; and at high-tech trade publications, including Macintosh Today.