At Google, Page Seeks to Cut Red Tape
As Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page prepares to reclaim his role as chief executive on April 4, he has already taken steps to assume greater command of the Internet company.
Since Google said in January that longtime CEO Eric Schmidt was stepping aside, Mr. Page has made a series of moves to cut through the firm’s 24,000-person bureaucracy and figure out ways the company can act more like a start-up than an incumbent.
Mr. Page has asked product and engineering managers to email him about their projects to potentially winnow them down, said people familiar with the matter. He has persuaded top executives to sit and work together every day in a public area of the company’s Mountain View, CA, headquarters so employees can directly approach them on matters, these people said.