Google Gets a New CEO
When it comes to global companies small changes have the ability to create a massive impact. None come more global than Google and, as this month Eric Schmidt, who has led the company as CEO since 2001, steps down and Google co-founder, Larry Page, steps in, Google is about to be shaken to its foundations.
Page has always been at the heart of Google’s innovative drive and ability to challenge the status quo. As the new CEO he is about to make change happen even faster at Googleplex. Already, rumours are that Page launched a massive ‘get to know me’ internal drive, banned the use of laptops and smartphones at meetings and challenged everyone to find ways to increase productivity.
Regarded by many as a digital visionary who totally gets the web Page (who also gave his name to PageRank – the measure through which a website’s ‘value’ to Google is judged by) is expected to create the drive which will allow Google to successfully challenge Facebook in the social networking scene.
Already Google has made a strong start in that department with the ‘experimental’ roll out of its +1 Button and the very recent acquisition of Nortel’s patent portfolio in a $900 million dollar move signals a brand new phase for the company.
Compared to Schmidt’s diplomatic and relatively easy-going style of running the company Page is said to be a firebrand, quick to dismiss anyone who cannot provide substance, willing to listen to anyone with a great idea and decisive when it comes to acquiring what he needs in order to make Google grow.
In case you are wondering just what kind of effect a new CEO can have the very recent case of Steve Jobs’ departure from Apple was enough to leave shake not just the company itself but also the faith investors have in its stock. Larry Page’s hand on Google’s ladder is expected to have a profound effect. Google will likely change in terms of how quickly it does things and where its real focus lies.Continued on the next page