Retiring Google CFO shares open letter on work-life balance

Patrick Pichette, 52, to retire and focus on family
||Last Updated: 03/11/2015

After 30 years of non-stop work, Google CFO Patrick Pichette is ready for the next phase.

"I am completing this summer 25-30 years of nearly non-stop work (depending on how you wish to cut the data). And being member of FWIO, the noble Fraternity of Worldwide Insecure Over-achievers, it has been a whirlwind of truly amazing experiences," he said in
an open letter.
"But as I count it now, it has also been a frenetic pace for about 1500 weeks now. Always on — even when I was not supposed to be."
Pichette, 52, announced his plans to retire Tuesday evening in a post on Google+.
His hope is to spend more time with family — his wife Tamar and his three grown children.
"Yeah, I know you've heard that line before. We give a lot to our jobs. I certainly did. And while I am not looking for sympathy, I want to share my thought process because so many people struggle to strike the right balance between work and personal life," he wrote.
"In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade-offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful."

Read the full text of Pichette's post here.

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