Google CFO Quits Job, His Reason Will Make You Want to Quit Yours

Patrick Pichette in 2012, the CFO of Google. (IMage: Patrick Pichette01@ C2-MTL/Flickr)
Patrick Pichette in 2012, the CFO of Google. (IMage: Patrick [email protected] C2-MTL/Flickr)

Google’s CFO, Patrick Pinchette is retiring a little bit early due to what he calls:

“A perfectly fine midlife crisis full of bliss and beauty.”

Pinchette says that life is: “a series of tradeoffs” and after 30 years in a high paced career chasing industry he is ready to call it quits, at age 52. In his candid and beautiful blog post, he wrote that after 7 years at one of the worlds biggest tech companies he will: “be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family.”

“Yeah, I know you’ve heard that line before,” Pichette writes, before explaining the beautiful events that led up to his choice to retire early. While on a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro with his wife Tamar last September he had an epiphany. His wife asked him, “Why don’t we just keep going?” She meant go to the Himalayas, Mount Everest, Bali, the Great Barrier Reef and everywhere else on the globe they pleased.

At the time the executive noted that his career was still a priority. Though his wife planted the seed that would eventually turn into his decision.

As Pinchette explains after 30 years working hard and having both his children in college: “I could not find a good argument to tell Tamar we should wait any longer for us to grab our backpacks and hit the road.”

He will stay on for a few months to help facilitate the next CFO which would likely take some time. Google guru Larry Page wrote that: Patrick was a joy to work with “and I wish him all the best on his new adventures!”

These sort of enlightening experiences, this one coming from one of the top executives in the world are encouraging. Especially to us millennials who try to live our lives like one big backpacking adventure. At least I know I do.

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