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Patrick Pichette

Patrick Pichette, Google’s Chief Financial Officer, plans to retire from the tech giant, according to a new filing with the SEC. The date of his retirement hasn’t been set, and Pichette is working with the company to determine his replacement, a process that Google expects will take six months.

In a post to Google+, Pichette said that he was leaving the tech giant to spend more time with his family.

“Yeah, I know you’ve heard that line before,” he wrote.

Patrick Pichette
Patrick Pichette

To hear Pichette tell it, it’s not a euphemism in his case. He’s been working non-stop for 25-30 years “depending on how you cut the data,” and after a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro last year, he was ready to spend more time with his wife Tamar.

The two of them will, perhaps unsurprisingly, be marking his retirement by traveling the world together.

Pichette marks the second high-profile departure from the business side of Google’s C-suite in the past year. Nikesh Arora, who had served as Google’s Chief Business Officer, left the company in June of last year to join Softbank. He was replaced by Omid Kordestani, a Google veteran.

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