Eric Schmidt is an American software engineer and businessman. He joined Sun Microsystems as a software manager in 1983, then became 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 became chairman of Google’s board of directors. In August 2001, he became CEO of Google, sharing responsibility for daily operations with Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
In 2011, Schmidt stepped down as Google CEO, continuing as executive chairman and adviser. Schmidt served as a campaign adviser and donor to Barack Obama, and became a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.