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WHO'S BEHIND GOOGLE

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 1,000 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. Dr. Eric E. Schmidt joined Google as chairman and chief executive officer in 2001.

Staff Facts

Approximate number of employees: 1,000+
Languages spoken: 34
Number of roller hockey players: 32
Number of offices worldwide: 21
Massage Therapists: 2
Neurosurgeons: 1

Funding

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.

Management Team

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
Cindy McCaffrey, Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Jonathan Rosenberg, Vice President, Product Management
David C. Drummond, Vice President, Corporate Development
Shona Brown, Vice President, Business Operations

Board of Directors

Dr. Eric E. Schmidt, Google Inc. Chairman of the Board
Sergey Brin
, Google Inc.

Larry Page
, Google Inc.

John Doerr
, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Michael Moritz
, Sequoia Capital
Ram Shriram, Sherpalo

Google Inc. Management Team

dr. eric schmidt

Dr. Eric E. Schmidt
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

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

Sergey Brin
Co-Founder & President, Technology

Sergey Brin, 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 as well as an honorary MBA from Insitituto de Empresa . 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 international academic, business and technology forums, including the World Economic Forum and the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference. He has shared his views on the technology industry and the future of search on the Charlie Rose Show, CNBC, and CNNfn. In 2004, he and Larry Page were named “Persons of the Week” by ABC World News Tonight.


larry page

Larry Page
Co-Founder & President, Products

Larry Page 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 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 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. He was granted an honorary MBA by Insitituto de Empresa and was the first recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award.

Page has been a speaker at such forums as the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference, The Wall Street Journal Technology Summit, the World Economic Forum and the Commonwealth Club. He was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002 as well as a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future" by MIT's Technology Review magazine. Page is a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the University of Michigan College of Engineering, has been recognized as Research and Development Magazine's Innovator of the Year and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.


george reyes

George Reyes
Chief Financial Officer

George Reyes joined Google as chief financial officer in 2002. Reyes is a seasoned finance executive with a wide range of experience at several well-known Silicon Valley technology companies. Reyes joined Google from ONI Systems where, as interim CFO, he assisted in the sale of the optical networking company to Ciena Corporation.

Prior to ONI Systems, Reyes spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems. During his years at Sun, he held a number of finance roles including Group Controller - General Systems, Director of Finance -Intercontinental Operations, Audit Director, Vice President - Corporate Controller and Vice President-Treasurer.

Currently, Reyes is a Director of Symantec Corporation and BEA Systems Inc.

Reyes holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of South Florida.


wayne rosing

Wayne Rosing
Vice President, Engineering

When Wayne Rosing joined Google as Vice President of Engineering, he brought more than 30 years of experience in engineering, research and forming high-performing engineering teams at some of Silicon Valley's most respected companies. At Google, Wayne is responsible for hundreds of technologists worldwide, working in small teams on many innovations and products.

Prior to Google, Wayne headed the team that developed the original Java platform as the president of FirstPerson, Inc., a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems. That success was preceded by his founding of Sun Microsystems Laboratories, which grew to more than one hundred researchers under his leadership. At Sun Microsystems, Wayne held executive positions from 1985 through 1994. Earlier in his career, Wayne was director of engineering for the Apple Computer Lisa and Apple II divisions and held management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Data General. Wayne joined Google from Caere Corporation, where he was the CTO and VP of Engineering, leading Caere's optical character recognition (OCR) product lines.


omid kordestani

Omid Kordestani
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Field Operations

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.


cindy mccaffrey

Cindy McCaffrey
Vice President, Corporate Marketing

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.


jonathan rosenberg

Jonathan Rosenberg
Vice President, Product Management

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.


david drummond

David C. Drummond
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

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.


shona brown

Shona Brown
Vice President, Business Operations

Shona Brown took on responsibilities for Google's business operations in 2003, following almost a decade consulting with technology clients in Toronto and Los Angeles for McKinsey and Company. As a partner at McKinsey, Brown was a leader of the Global Strategy Practice and worked with a wide range of firms on strategy development, business model transformation and operational issues. Her experience includes extensive work in consumer software and hardware technology, online consumer services, and Internet media markets.

Brown has taught in the Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and within McKinsey's mini-MBA program. She is the author of the best-selling business book, "Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos," which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She has published broadly in both applied and academic journals.

Brown has a bachelor of computer sytems engineering degree from Carleton University in Canada and a master's degree in economics and philosophy from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar). She received her Ph.D. and Post-Doctorate from Stanford University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.