Page, Larry (Lawrence Edward Page), 1973–, American business executive and computer scientist, b. East Lansing, Mich., grad Univ. of Michigan (B.S.E., 1995), Stanford (M.S., 1998). While a doctoral student at Stanford he met Sergey Brin, with whom he founded Google, as an Internet search firm, in 1998. The two served as co-presidents from 1998 to 2001, and then they hired Eric Schmidt as chairman and CEO. Page became president of products (2001–11) and then replaced Schmidt as CEO, while still heading Google's product development and technology sectors. Google's wide-ranging technologies came over time to include cloud-computing services, mapping systems, online advertising, and a Linux-based smartphone operating system. In 2015, following a restructuring in which Google and its non-Internet-related businesses were separated and all became subsidiaries of the holding company Alphabet, Inc., Page stepped down as Google's CEO to become CEO of Alphabet; he stepped down as Alphabet's CEO in 2019.
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