It’s a question that Senators asked repeatedly during testimony last week: Where is Google? And, by proxy, where is Larry Page? Alphabet’s CEO has been largely missing in action amid mounting criticism of the company’s approach to data privacy and its interest on entering the China market. A seat earmarked for Google at the congressional hearing last week sat conspicuously empty, alongside those filled by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
According to this Bloomberg article, those close to Mr. Page say the executive is no longer much involved in the day-to-day operations of the company he co-founded, leaving most of those tasks to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The article said he has been spending time on his private Caribbean island and taking on the occasional project at Google. Alphabet told Bloomberg that the company is structured so Mr. Page can focus on “other bets and long-term technical problems.” It’s a fair question to ask of the top executive at a public company under fire. But perhaps it is Mr. Pichai that we need to hear more from.