Larry Page, Google’s new CEO

Starting April 4, co-founder Larry Page will take over as CEO of Google and assume day-to-day operations responsibility.

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, will carry on as Executive Chairman and serve as an advisor to Page and co-founder Sergey Brin.

Schmidt’s clarified and explained the change in a blog post, saying that the idea is to make leading Google as efficient as possible, and that “Larry, in my clear opinion, is ready to lead.” It’s clear the idea is to frame this as a simple organizational shuffle — Schmidt says that he, Brin, and Page “anticipate working together for a long time to come” — but there’s no question that Schmidt’s reign as CEO set a clear tone for Google as the company expanded beyond search and into new markets like smartphones, connected televisions, and operating systems, and we’re curious to see what Page’s style is like. I suppose we will see how this affects the company and the industry in the next 12 months.

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    Honestly, I think something big happened. Something Google is trying to hide. Call me what you want, but Eric Schmidt is one of the great CEOs in this country. He can’t just be replaced, that’s crazy talk. Something big had to have happened for a move like this. Google stock is going to tumble tomorrow, I can almost guarentee it. I also think that we’re going to get some leaked info as to what the real reason for Eric Schmidt’s stepping down VERY soon, and it’s not going to be pretty.

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