Eric Schmidt named CEO at Google

Former Novell CEO Eric Schmidt has been appointed CEO of search engine company Google, five months after joining the company as chairman of the board.

In an announcement today, Google said Schmidt, 46, will succeed the company's founding CEO, Larry Page, 28, who will now serve as the company's president for products. Sergey Brin, 27, the company's founding president, will now serve as president for technology.

The reshuffled jobs take effect immediately.

Spokeswoman Cindy McCaffrey said the changes will further strengthen the company.

"[Page and Brin] founded the company and brought it along," she said. "It's been very clear, having Eric as a member of our board, that he could add even more to the company."

Schmidt's wide range of business experience with Novell and other technology companies is valuable in helping Google with its continuing growth, she said.

"Eric is exactly the right leader for Google," said Page in a statement. "His strong management experience will help shape Google as we continue our growth and global expansion."

In March, Schmidt resigned his CEO post at software maker Novell when the company, in a bid to reposition itself, acquired IT services and consulting firm Cambridge Technology Partners Inc. Under the deal, Schmidt remained as chairman and chief strategist at Provo, Utah-based Novell.

Two weeks after resigning as Novell CEO, Schmidt was appointed chairman of Google's board.

Schmidt has worked for Novell since 1997, leading the company's strategic planning, management, and technology development. He previously was the chief technology officer and corporate executive officer at Sun Microsystems Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a master's degree and doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Google, a privately held company, was founded in 1998.

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