Eileen Naughton is stepping down later this year. Her title was vice of people operations. Google says the team’s goal is to be’the champions of Google’s culture’.
The company is still reeling from the revelations that multiple high-level Google and alphabet executives were involved in sexual harassment or inappropriate sexual relationships. Some of them received multimillion-dollar severance packages after the fact.
Since the walkout, dozens of Google employees have said the company has retaliated against them for reporting workplace issues including sexual harassment. Two of the walkout organizers also quit Google after the company allegedly retaliating against them Google controversially fired five more employees who were involved in internal activism.
Google allegedly pushed out its own human rights chief after he raised concerns about the company’s plans to build a censored Chinese search engine. Employees also fought with the company to end forced arbitration and over the members of the AI ethics board, which later got dissolved.
The allegation that Google’s HR department punished former Google lawyer Jennifer Blakeley, but not Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond, when the two had an affair.
Google’s leadership development and compensation committee approved the big payouts to execs accused of sexual misconduct. In 2018, 48 employees had been fired for sexual harassment, with no exit packages, since 2016.
Google’s main offices are in Mountain View, California, and it’s possible that people operations would n’t be as effective run remotely. Naughton says she’s giving up the job to be closer to her family in New York City.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin recently stepped down, leaving Google CEO Sundar Pichai in charge of the companies they built. In the past four years, Google co-founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin have stepped down.
Google says Naughton is leading the recruitment process for her successor. She is credited with improvements to Google’s misconduct reporting processes.