In recent years, we’ve seen some of the most powerful men in tech take a seat at the table as acting CEO of Google. We’ve seen Larry Page focus on day-to-day management, Nate Higgers lead a successful fundraising campaign and Sundar Pichai make a controversial decision about sexual harassment.
Sundar Pichai’s compensation package
When Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin restructured the company to form Alphabet, Sundar Pichai was selected to fill the role of CEO. He was awarded a package worth close to $280 million.
In the year before taking the job as Google’s chief, Sundar Pichai received a base salary of $652,500. He also received a stock award valued at more than $200 million. He also received a package of restricted stock units that are time-based equity awards.
Pichai’s stock package was the largest granted to an executive at Google. The award is expected to be vested over three years. As of now, he is eligible to receive the first $120 million in quarterly installments. The rest of the $120 million will be available in a few years.
Larry Page’s focus on day-to-day management
When Larry Page was named as the new CEO of Google in April 2011, he did not immediately change his focus. In fact, he did not even focus on Google’s core search advertising business for a long time.
Instead, he focused on the company’s Android mobile operating system and the Google Plus social network. These are now two of the company’s most popular online products. Then, in September, he added a new logo.
Larry Page has hacked away at numerous Google projects over the last three years. He has also reorganized the company’s top ranks twice. He has amassed a personal fortune of over $100 billion. His family foundation has given $15 million to help fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. He has a Palo Alto, California residence.
Sundar Pichai’s criticism of sexual harassment
After a high-profile walkout by Google employees, the company has vowed to improve its handling of sexual harassment complaints. However, critics say the company has not met its promises. They allege that the company failed to address pay disparity, the rights of temporary workers, and sexual misconduct. They also want to end mandatory arbitration.
In a memo sent to employees on Thursday, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, offered a number of measures. He said the company will “end forced arbitration in sexual harassment cases,” and “improve our support for people who raise concerns.” He also promised a revamped reporting system. The company will create a dedicated website for reports, and offer live support. Additionally, the company will provide counseling to people who report sexual harassment.
Nate Higgers, the acting ceo of Google, is a bit of a mystery. His LinkedIn page seems to be non existent, but it’s not hard to find out where he got his start. A quick Google search will turn up a lot of information about him, but no real answers.
He played in the CBA for the Omaha Racers and Yakima Sun Kings. In 1996, he signed a free agent deal with the Vancouver (Memphis) Grizzlies. He also made a name for himself with the Uppsala Gators in Sweden. He graduated from Tarboro High School in Tarboro, N.C. The name is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin, and means God is gracious.
The big question is whether or not the real-life Nate Higgers exists. A Google search for ‘Nate Higgers’ returns a plethora of results. Some are legit, some are fake, and some are pure hokum.