The chief financial officer of the Google group, Patrick Pichette, a key man of Google's success but not necessarily the most visible, has announced his departure but will transition until the Mountain View group finds a new CFO.
After Apple, which saw its emblematic but secret financial director leave Peter Oppenheimer in 2014, it's Google's turn to have to part with its CFO Patrick Pichette, in post since 2008. The latter announced his intention to leave his post on March 4.
The Mountain View group is therefore chasing a successor and hopes to find the rare pearl within six months, while Patrick Pichette will remain present to ensure the transition.
Google’s CFO participated in the group’s largest financial transactions, such as the acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $ 12 billion or that of Nest Labs for $ 3.2 billion.
The announcement of his departure somewhat surprised analysts who fear a floating period in managing the finance giant's search for the time to find a new CFO.
In a post published on the Web, Patrick Pichette talks about his desire to take a break after a period of 25 to 30 years of almost uninterrupted work and to take the time to travel and take care of his personal life and his family.
Between the departure of a man rather appreciated and the uncertainties about the search for a new CFO, the price of Google experienced a slight decline on the New York Stock Exchange.