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Google parent company’s legal chief leaving amid ‘misconduct’ claims

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David Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent company Alphabet, is leaving at the end of the month, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees.

Alphabet did not give a reason for Mr Drummond’s departure in a short regulatory filing.

The company said last November that it was investigating sexual misconduct cases against executives.

Claims against Mr Drummond were included in the investigations.

Last August, a former Google employee, Jennifer Blakely, published a report of her relationship with Mr Drummond.

Mr Drummond has acknowledged a relationship with Ms Blakely.

But in a statement at the time, he said he “never started” a relationship with anyone else at Alphabet.

The company said Mr Drummond is not getting an exit package as part of his departure.

In a memo sent to employees, Mr Drummond said that with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin “now leaving their executive roles at Alphabet, the company is entering an exciting new phase, and I believe that it’s also the right time for me to make way for the next generation of leaders”.

He did not mention the misconduct allegations.

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