Eric Schmidt, who was appointed Google’s chief executive in 2001, stepped down as a technical adviser to alphabet, the parent company, in February, according to a person familiar with the matter. Looking back over 19 years, the veteran led two young founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who helped Google transform itfrom from a Silicon Valley start-up to what is now a global tech giant.
Neither side declined to comment on Eric Schmidt’s departure as Alphabet’s technical adviser. However, the changes in executive personnel in recent years reflect some of the changes in Google’s corporate culture.
In fact, since 2011, Mr. Schmidt has been putting his position in the business. However, Google’s involvement in government military projects has raised questions about conflicts of interest, and conflicts between employees and businesses have become apparent.
When he becomes chairman of the Defense Innovation Committee, Schmidt will lead the advisory group, introducing new technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to the Pentagon.
He also chairs the National Security Council, which advises the U.S. Department of Defense on artificial intelligence, but critics worry that working with the military may improperly promote Google’s profitability.