Patrick Pichette

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma mater
  • Businessman
  • executive
Board member of
AwardsNational Order of Québec

Patrick Pichette, CQ is a Canadian businessman and executive. He was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Google from 2008 until 2015.[1] He then became a venture capital fund manager, and is a director for several companies and a foundation.[2]

Early life and education

Pichette was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec.[3] 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.[1] 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.[1]

In April 2011, it was announced that Pichette would also be taking over human resources responsibilities within Google from vice president Laszlo Bock,[4] and BizOps from Shona Brown.[5]

In 2013, Pichette accepted a position on the board of directors for Bombardier Inc., a position he held until 2017.[6][7]

In March 2015, he announced he would retire to travel the world.[8][9] He was succeeded as CFO by Ruth Porat.

In June 2015, he received the National Order of Québec.[10]

In April 2018, he joined Inovia Capital, a venture capital firm with offices in Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and London.[3][11][12] After becoming a general partner at Inovia Capital, Pichette is splitting his time between the firm's offices in London,[2] Canada and Silicon Valley.

In 2019, Pichette became a lead founding member of UK's Creative Destruction Lab at Oxford.[13]

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;[14] 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.[15]

Personal life

Pichette lives in London, and is married to Tamar Pichette.[3]

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.[16][17] They are active partners in a project with Himalayan Cataract Project, building an eye hospital in Ethiopia.


  1. ^ a b c "Bell Canada Executive Patrick Pichette to Join Google Executive Team". Google.
  2. ^ a b "Former Google CFO Patrick Pichette just joined the world of venture capital", Connie Loizos, April 11, 2018, TechCrunch
  3. ^ a b c "Former Google CFO Patrick Pichette's vacation is over: He's becoming a VC". April 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Google CFO to take on HR duties". HR Grapevine. April 14, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Liz Gannes (April 11, 2011). "More Google Management Changes: CFO Patrick Pichette Adds BizOps and HR to His Duties". All Things D. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Schwartz, Claire Brownell (December 14, 2016). "Money began to rain on Trudeau Foundation once Justin took over Liberals, analysis shows". National Post. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "Bombardier recrute Patrick Pichette, de Google". TVA Nouvelles. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  8. ^ Guyunn, Jessica (March 10, 2015). "Google CFO Patrick Pichette to retire". USA Today. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  9. ^ Patrick Pichette (March 10, 2015). "Blog posting". Google Plus. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Patrick Pichette - National Order of Quebec (In French)". Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "INovia Sngas CFOs from Google and Blackberry to Lead Growth Fund", The Globe and Mail, April 11, 2018
  12. ^ "Top Google / RIM Executives Join Canada's iNovia Capital To Transform Growth Investing"Top Google", iNovia Capital
  13. ^ brought CDL to Oxford
  14. ^ "Inline XBRL Viewer".
  15. ^ "About Us". Arctoris. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  16. ^ "Luxury lodge rental in Outaouais, Quebec - Kenauk Nature". Luxury lodge rental in Outaouais, Quebec - Kenauk Nature. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  17. ^ "Wilderness Research". Kenauk Institute. Retrieved July 8, 2021.