Alphabet’s Legal Chief is Leaving the Company After Questions About Conduct

Jade Cooper

Google parent Alphabet’s chief legal officer David Drummond is retiring from the company, according to a SEC filing dated January 8.

Drummond is one of the highest paid executives at the company, who has been with Google/Alphabet for nearly 20 years. He was paid 47 million dollars in 2018, according to the latest proxy.

Drummond joined Google in 2002 as one of its first lawyers, working with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. He ran the legal and corporate development departments before moving to parent company Alphabet in 2015 to become chief legal officer and SVP.

Just weeks ago, Alphabet’s board of directors requested an extension to respond to a lawsuit that included allegations against Drummond. Alphabet shareholders sued the board in January over its handling of sexual misconduct by current and former executives, including Drummond and Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, to whom a $90 million exit package was approved even though an investigation into a sexual harassment claim against him was deemed credible.

A former employee in Google’s legal department, Jennifer Blakely, published a blog post in August last year about her relationship with Drummond, alleging that he broke company rules by having multiple affairs with other employees, and says he neglected her and their son. Days later, Drummond reportedly married another employee from Google’s legal department he had been dating named Corinne Dixon.

While the company has reportedly said it will not pay Drummond an exit package, he has sold more than $220 million worth of shares in the last year. According to recent SEC filings, Drummond sold $77 million worth of stock, including all his remaining Class A shares, just over a week ago.

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