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Warren calls for Larry Page testimony, despite change of guard at Alphabet

Warren calls for Larry Page testimony, despite change of guard at Alphabet
FILE PHOTO: Larry Page, CEO and Co-founder of Alphabet enters Trump Tower ahead of a meeting of technology leaders with President-elect Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly -
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(Reuters) – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Wednesday that she still expects Larry Page to testify in Congress, a day after he stepped down as chief executive of Alphabet Inc <GOOGL.O>, Google’s parent company.

“We do still expect you to testify before Congress,” she said in a tweet https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1202294177444302849, while congratulating Page on “the move”.

She added that while Google co-founder Page’s title may have changed, he is still a part of Alphabet’s board of directors and retains “effective control”.

Sundar Pichai, who has been the chief executive officer of Alphabet’s Google for four years now, succeeded Page at the helm of Alphabet on Tuesday, making him the public face of a company long associated with its iconic founders.

Warren, vying for the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump in November 2020, has vowed to break up Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O>, Google and Facebook Inc <FB.O> if elected to promote competition in the technology sector.

(Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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