Google legal chief leaving amid sexual misconduct troubles

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San Francisco, January 11: David Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent company Alphabet, is leaving at the end of the month, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees.
Alphabet did not give a reason for Drummond’s departure in a short regulatory filing Friday.
The company said last November that it was investigating sexual misconduct cases against executives. Claims against Drummond were included in the investigations.
Last August, a former Google employee, Jennifer Blakely, published a report of her relationship with Drummond. Drummond has acknowledged a relationship with Blakely.
But in a statement at the time, he said he “never started” a relationship with anyone else at Alphabet.
The company said Drummond is not getting an exit package as part of his departure.
In a memo sent to employees, Drummond said that with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin “now leaving their executive roles at Alphabet, the company is entering an exciting new phase, and I believe that it’s also the right time for me to make way for the next generation of leaders.” He did not mention the misconduct allegations. (AP)