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Eric Schmidt

About Eric

Eric Schmidt is Technical Advisor to Alphabet Inc., where he advises its leaders on technology, business and policy issues. Eric joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2011, and Executive Chairman 2011-2018, alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

Eric serves on the boards of The Mayo Clinic and The Broad Institute, among others. His philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation focus on climate change, including support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education, specifically cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering. He is founder of Schmidt Futures, which helps exceptional people do more for others by applying science and technology thoughtfully and working together across fields.

He is the co-author of The New Digital Age, How Google Works, and the new book, Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell.

Milestones

1972-1976

Princeton University

Received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton

1976-1983

University of California, Berkeley

Received an M.S. for work focused on designing and implementing the network Berknet, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, writing his dissertation on the problems of managing distributed software development

1972-1983

Bell Labs, Zilog, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

Held technical positions during his academic years, notably co-writing the program Lex at Bell Labs with Mike Lesk

1983-1997

Sun Microsystems

Hired as Sun Microsystems’ first software manager. Promoted to Director of Software Engineering, then VP of the General Systems Group, then CTO of Sun Technology Enterprises

1997-2001

Novell

CEO and Chairman of the Board

2001-2015

Google

CEO (2001-2011)

Executive Chairman (2011-2015)

2006

National Academy of Engineering

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

2006

Schmidt Family Foundation

Founder

2007

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Inducted as a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS)

2009-2017

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

Served on PCAST throughout President Obama’s two terms

2015-Present

Alphabet Inc.

Executive Chairman (2015-2017)

Technical Advisor (2018-Present)

2016-Present

Department of Defense Innovation Board

Chairman

2017

Schmidt Futures

Founder