Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin are stepping back from their respective roles as chief executive and president at Alphabet, the parent company of the internet search giant.
Sundar Pichai, already chief executive of Google, will take over running Alphabet too.
But despite Silicon Valley tech giants coming under increasing regulatory and political scrutiny, Emily Waterworth, investment manager at Brewin Dolphin does not think the timing for their decision is deliberate.
“It’s very clear that the founders of Google have been less and less visible,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“I think it’s a lot about simplifying the management structure, and also these guys have been less and less into detail and more and more into the high level projects that are going on at Google