Anyone wondering if Alphabet can reprimand its chief executive, David Drummond, for a long time extramarital, inter-agency affair that continues to be a distraction for the company, seems to be the answer. . . not right now. Although a former child sketched in more detail than ever yesterday "hell" she says she has endured in the years since her breakup with Drummond, including a custody battle for their son she won, Google said today it does not share a statement on the matter.
Instead, we were pointed out by Google for the personal statement Drummond made this afternoon, acknowledging the relationship with Jennifer Blakely, a former senior contract manager with the company at a time when Drummond was Google's general counsel.
As BuzzFeed notes, he does not apologize to Blakely, saying instead of their "difficult breakup 1
Drummond's full statement:
It's not a secret that Jenni Fer and I had a difficult breakup 10 years ago. I am far from perfect and I regret my part in it.
Her account raises many claims about us and other people, including our son and my ex-wife. As you might expect, there are two sides to all the conversations and details Jennifer tells, and I have a completely different view of what happened. I discussed these allegations directly with Jennifer, and I brought up the details of our relationship with our employer at that time.
But I want to address a claim that concerns professional matters. Other than Jennifer, I have never started a relationship with anyone else who worked on Google or Alphabet. Any suggestion otherwise is simply not true.
I know Jennifer feels wrong and understands that she wants to talk about it. But I'm not going to get into a public back and forth about these personal issues. "
Drummond probably hopes that by recognizing Blakely's post, the case will go back into the background, and it may. Drummond has had the support of the company for the past 17 years, although Google officially acknowledged the case back in 2007.
On the other hand, other powerful people who have been under investigation for their decision-making have discovered that they have less control over a situation than they imagined. While the alphabet is not a democracy, Google employees have shown that they are willing to flex their muscles if there is a need to force change on the company, and Blakely's account has apparently re-interrupted many who say the company's culture has always been, and continues to discriminate against women.