Alphabet taps new board members amid leadership changes

Alphabet announced Dec. 9 that biologist Frances Arnold, PhD, will join its board of directors, according to CNBC.

Dr. Arnold is a chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry professor at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. She joins the 11-person board as the third woman.

As an acclaimed biologist, Dr. Arnold has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work in renewable energy. With her appointment, Alphabet will offer Dr. Arnold an initial $1 million equity package.

The addition of Dr. Arnold to Alphabet's board follows major leadership changes including the head of the company. Last week, the company announced that Google CEO Sundar Pichai will now lead all of Alphabet. Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin are both stepping back from their management positions to serve in advisory roles.

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