As Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.
From 2001-2011, Mr Schmidt served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer. He joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley start-up to a global leader in technology. Prior to joining Google, he held leadership roles at Novell and Sun Microsystems, Inc.
He is the co-author of The New Digital Age, and serves on the boards of the Economist Group, the Mayo Clinic, and Khan Academy. He is a Gulfstream pilot, and 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. In addition to this, he is also a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the U.K.
Mr Schmidt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University as well as a Master’s degree and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.