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Google CFO to retire and go backpacking

Patrick Pichette has been with Google for nearly 7 years

Google CFO to retire and go backpacking
Pichette: "We give a lot to our jobs. I certainly did."

Google Inc's CFO has announced in a lengthy blog post that he is retiring.

Patrick Pichette, who is 52 years old, began working for Google in 2008 but is now planning to go backpacking with his wife of 25 years.

“After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family.  Yeah, I know you've heard that line before.  We give a lot to our jobs.  I certainly did.  And while I am not looking for sympathy, I want to share my thought process because so many people struggle to strike the right balance between work and personal life.” He said in his lengthy blog post.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Google said that Pichette intends to assist in finding his successor. That process should be done within six months, the company said. There has been no confirmation of when his last day will be working at the company.

There have been other shakeups in top management in the past year. In October, CEO Larry Page said he would step back from a day-to-day leadership role to focus more on the company's future. In his place, he promoted trusted lieutenant Sundar Pichai, who already ran Google's important Android mobile software business, to take over as Google's product czar.

Before Google, Pichette was an executive at the telecommunications company Bell Canada.

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