David Drummond has been called “ the world’s luckiest lawyer.”
That’s because while working as a partner at a Bay Area law firm, Drummond was introduced to two Stanford grad students named Larry Page and Sergey Brin who had a big idea. He was ultimately hired to legally incorporate Google and help the cofounders find funding.
By 2002, Drummond would officially join Google, and, as its top lawyer, help it go public in 2004. Today, Drummond serves as senior VP of corporate development and chief legal officer of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.
But Drummond recently found himself in the news for all the wrong reasons: It was reported that Drummond had a child with a Google employee and emotionally abused her. With other high-profile Google executives having recently been accused of sexual misconduct, the company’s culture is now under the microscope, reigniting criticism of how the behavior of the company’s leadership is handled.
Drummond released a personal statement on Thursday, saying that he is “far from perfect” but that there “two sides” to the story.
Here’s a glimpse into the life and career of David Drummond, one of Alphabet’s most senior executives:
Source: Google and Alphabet exec David Drummond: Career rise and controversy
By Nick Bastone
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