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Patrick Pichette,is a Canadian businessman and executive. He was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Google from 2008 until 2015. He then became a venture capital fund manager, and is a director for several companies and a foundation.
Pichette was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (1987) and an Master of Arts degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Pembroke College of the University of Oxford. He received a Rhodes Scholarship.
Pichette began his career working at McKinsey & Company and Bell Canada from 2001 until 2008.
He was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Google Inc. from 2008 until 2015.
In April 2011, it was announced that Pichette would also be taking over human resources responsibilities within Google from vice president Laszlo Bock, and BizOps from Shona Brown.
In 2013, Pichette accepted a position on the board of directors for Bombardier Inc., a position he held until 2017.
In March 2015, he announced he would retire to travel the world. He was succeeded as CFO by Ruth Porat.
In June 2015, he received the National Order of Québec.
In April 2018, he joined Inovia Capital, a venture capital firm with offices in Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and London. After becoming a general partner at Inovia Capital, Pichette is splitting his time between the firm's offices in London, Canada and Silicon Valley.
In 2019, Pichette became a lead founding member of UK's Creative Destruction Lab at Oxford.
In 2021, Pichette was appointed as a board member of indoor cycling app company Zwift.
Pichette was appointed independent board chair of Twitter on June 2, 2020; he had been the lead independent director since 2018. He was chair of Montreal based Lightspeed, and of the Trudeau Foundation. Pichette is on the advisory board of startups.
Pichette lives in London, and is married to Tamar Pichette.
He and his wife Tamar are involved in philanthropic projects including a conservation and research project with Nature Conservancy Canada in protecting Kenauk, a 65,000 acre territory between Montreal and Ottawa. They are active partners in a project with Himalayan Cataract Project, building an eye hospital in Ethiopia.