By K.C. Johnson and Andrew FreedmanFebruary 13, 2018 7:30amUpdated February 14, 2018 8:08amPao is leaving the company after the San Francisco 49ers CEO, Jed York, stepped down amid a backlash over the company’s hiring practices.
The 49ers announced Thursday that York, who was CEO for two years before taking over in December, will step down at the end of the season.
“This is a difficult time for me and my family.
I want to thank the people at Google for giving me a chance to lead our company and grow it as a global leader,” York said in a statement.
“As the CEO of the 49ers, I am also humbled by the leadership of Jed York.
He and his team have built a fantastic company, one that will continue to deliver on its ambitious goals, including delivering more affordable, inclusive and secure access to the world’s most valuable intellectual property.
I wish them every success in their future endeavors.”
In January, York was among the CEOs of several companies targeted by protesters who demanded Pao be fired for allegedly discriminating against women.
The protests led to protests at the offices of a number of tech giants and tech companies in the United States and elsewhere.
Pao resigned on Monday.
“As a result of a series of events over the past year, it became clear that we had made a mistake,” York told a news conference Thursday.
“I am deeply sorry to all of you for this, and I want everyone to know how sorry I am.
Google is a great company.
We will continue working to make Google the best it can be.”
Pao, who also ran Google’s venture capital firm, is an outspoken critic of the culture at Google.
She is also the first woman to hold the position.
The company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, stepped in to take over in January following a public feud with Pao.
Pichari said Thursday that Pao would remain on the interim CEO role until a new CEO was named.
The move to hire York came amid an uproar over the firing of Pao in a case that has prompted criticism of the tech industry.
Pertinent to the company are the questions about how many of the complaints about the hiring process have been substantiated and whether there were other instances of discrimination against women at the company.
Pao resigned from the company in November after more than a year as interim CEO.
She left amid a barrage of accusations, including from former employees, of a culture that promoted sexual harassment.
In addition to the allegations of sexual harassment, she faced allegations of retaliation for raising questions about the culture.
The allegations were denied by York.
“I think it’s unfortunate that a lot of the negative publicity around Pao is coming from a group that’s not going to be able to answer those questions, so I think this is really unfortunate,” Pichais said at a news event Thursday.
In addition to her role at Google, Pao will continue serving as the CEO and chairman of the board of directors of the American Institutes of Technology.
The university’s engineering program has been under the purview of Pochai for more than three decades.