Born in 1955, Eric Schmidt is an American software engineer and businessman.
Schmidt joined Sun Microsystems as a software manager in 1983, rising to become director of software engineering, vice president and general manager of the software products division, vice president of the general systems group, and president of Sun Technology Enterprises. In 1997, Schmidt became the CEO and chairman of the board of Novell. In March 2001, Schmidt joined Google’s board of directors as chairman; in August 2001, he became the CEO of Google, sharing responsibility for Google’s daily operations with Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
In 2011, Schmidt stepped down as Google CEO, though he continued as executive chairman and adviser. Schmidt served as a campaign adviser and donor to Barack Obama; he later joined President Obama’s transition advisory board and became a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
In 2010, Schmidt founded Innovation Endeavors, an early-stage venture capital, with Dror Berman. Schmidt holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Berkeley.