David Drummond (businessman)

David Drummond
David Carl Drummond

March 6, 1963[1]
Alma materSanta Clara University
Stanford Law School[1]
OccupationSenior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer for Alphabet Inc.

David Carl Drummond is an American businessman and conglomerate executive. He currently serves as Senior Vice President (SVP) of corporate development and Chief Legal Officer (CLO) for Alphabet Inc.,[2][3] and formerly its subsidiary, Google.[4]


His first time working with Google was in 1998 as a partner at leading technology law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's corporate transactions group; he was Google's first outside counsel.[5] He joined Google in 2002.[6] Drummond earned a bachelor's degree in history from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School.[7][8][9]

Drummond has a son born in 2007 during an affair with Jennifer Blakely, at the time a fellow Googler in the department he oversaw.[10][11] Drummond was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2005 with causing Google to violate securities law because he failed to advise the company's board that the company was required to register $80 million in stock options used as compensation for employees.[12] The SEC said in its press release, "By deciding Google could escape its disclosure requirements, and failing to inform the Board of the legal risks of his determination, Drummond caused the company to run afoul of the federal securities laws."[citation needed]

His compensation from Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., was US$47,282,232 in 2018, US$664,252 in 2017, and US$664,387 in 2016.[13]


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  3. ^ Bhuiyan, Johana (29 August 2016). "Alphabet's David Drummond has left Uber's board over conflict of interest on self-driving cars". Recode.
  4. ^ "BBC News - Google's Drummond calls for new NSA reforms". BBC News.
  5. ^ "Google Management". Google. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  6. ^ "David Drummond". Forbes.
  7. ^ "State Bar of CA :: David C. Drummond". California Bar.
  8. ^ "Santa Clara University". scu.edu.
  9. ^ "David Drummond - The 2011 TIME 100 Poll - TIME". TIME.com. 4 April 2011.
  10. ^ Wakabayashi, Daisuke; Benner, Katie (2018-10-25). "How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the 'Father of Android'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  11. ^ O'Brien, Sara Ashley (August 30, 2019). "Top Google exec faces renewed scrutiny after former employee details alleged affair". CNN. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "SEC Charges Google and its General Counsel David C. Drummond with Failure to Register Over $80 Million in Employee Stock Options Prior to IPO". www.sec.gov. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  13. ^ Page, Larry; Brin, Sergey; Hennessy, John L. (April 30, 2019). "ALPHABET INC Schedule 14A". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved Aug 31, 2019.