Black History Month In Technogy: David Drummond, SVP Corporate Development, Chief Legal Officer Google

David C Drummond currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer for Google.

Drummond’s background with Google can be traced virtually back to the beginning.  Drummond was the first outside legal counsel for Sergey Brin and Larry Page when they were searching for their first initial round of financing. At the time Drummond was with the law firm Wison Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati.

After leaving Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati Drummond joined SmartForce, an educational applications company where he serves as Chief Financial Officer from 1999-2002.  In 2002 he joined Google as Vice President of Corporate Development. Drummond played a major role in preparing Google for their very well received initial public offering in 2004.

In 2006 Drummond was promoted to Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and again in 2006 added the title Chief Legal Officer, the position he holds today.

Some of Drummond’s most notable feats at Google have included taking an instrumental role in the Google Book Search, a service that has archived many out of print books, magazines and other periodicals.  At one point Drummond had to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on the topic of “Competition and Commerce In Digital Books”. “The benefits far outweigh any of these criticisms that are being made, many of which are quite theoretical,” he said. “We have a good process now for taking into account some of the objections.”

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Drummond also came back in the spotlight when Google was working on it’s agreements with China last year. It was rumored when Google announced that CEO Eric Schmidt would take on the position of Executive Chairman and that Larry Page would assume the role of CEO, that the China issue had something to do with it.  On the topic of China Drummond penned this official Google Blog entry

Drummond earned a bachelor’s degree in history for Santa Clara University and his JD from Stanford Law School where Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page also attended.

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