4 Dec 2019

Google co-founders step down from parent company

5:16 pm on 4 December 2019

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from parent company Alphabet Inc, reflecting the duo's increasingly diminished public role at the company they started 21 years ago.

Google co-founder Larry Page.

Google co-founder Larry Page Photo: AFP

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai will replace Larry Page as chief executive of Alphabet.

"While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it's time to assume the role of proud parents - offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!" Page and Brin wrote in a blog outlining their decision.

Alphabet, which also owns self-driving car technology company Waymo, health care software firm Verily and several other businesses, emerged in 2015 as part of a corporate restructuring.

Page had wanted to focus on those newer businesses while leaving operational decisions at Alphabet's biggest unit, Google, to Pichai.

But Page and Brin, once regular sights at public events and at Google headquarters, are now seen much less often.

Page and Brin will remain directors, but will cede their chief executive and president titles, respectively, immediately, Alphabet said.

"With Alphabet now well-established, and Google and the Other Bets operating effectively as independent companies, it's the natural time to simplify our management structure," the co-founders said. "We are deeply committed to Google and Alphabet for the long term."

Alphabet shares rose 0.75% following the after-hours announcement to $US1,304.41.

- Reuters