Patrick Pichette


Patrick Pichette
Alma materUniversité du Québec à Montréal, Pembroke College, Oxford
Years activeBusinessperson
Board member ofTwitter, Lightspeed Retail, Trudeau Foundation
AwardsNational Order of Québec

Patrick Pichette is a Canadian businessperson, and a general partner at the venture capital fund Inovia Capital.[1] He is the chair of the Twitter Board of Directors. He was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Google Inc from 2008 until 2015.[2] He is listed as a director and board member for Lightspeed POS. and the Trudeau Foundation.

Early life and education

Pichette was born and grew up in Montreal.[3]

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) (1987) and an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Pembroke College, Oxford.[2] He received a Rhodes scholarship.


Before joining Google, Pichette worked at McKinsey & Company and Bell Canada from 2001 until 2008.

He was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Google Inc from 2008 until 2015.[2]

In April 2011, it was announced that Pichette would also be taking over human resources responsibilities within Google from vice president Laszlo Bock,[4] and BizOps from Shona Brown.[5]

In 2013, Pichette accepted a position on the board of directors for Bombardier, a position he held until 2017.[6][7]

In March 2015, he announced he would retire to travel the world.[8][9] He said he retired to "enjoy a perfectly fine midlife crisis full of bliss and beauty.”[1] He was succeeded as CFO by Ruth Porat.

In April 2018, he announced he would be joining Inovia Capital, a venture capital firm with offices in Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and London.[3][10][11] After becoming a general partner at Inovia Capital, Pichette is splitting his time between the firm's offices in London,[1] Canada and Silicon Valley.

In 2019, Pichette became a lead founding member of UK's CDL Oxford.[12]

In 2021 Pichette was appointed as a board member of indoor cycling app Zwift.


Pichette was appointed independent Board Chair of Twitter on June 2, 2020;[13] he had been the lead independent director since 2018. He also is Chair of Montreal based Lightspeed POS, and of the Trudeau Foundation. In addition, Pichette is on the advisory board of numerous startups including Hopper, LabGenius, and Arctoris.[14]


In June 2015, he received the National Order of Québec.[15]

Personal life

Pichette now lives in London, and is married to Tamar Pichette.[3]

He and his wife Tamar are involved in a number of philanthropic projects including a conservation and research project with Nature Conservancy Canada in protecting Kenauk, a 65,000 acre territory between Montreal and Ottawa.[16][17] They are also active partners in a project with HCP, building an eye hospital in Ethiopia.


  1. ^ a b c "Former Google CFO Patrick Pichette just joined the world of venture capital", Connie Loizos, April 11, 2018, TechCrunch
  2. ^ a b c "Bell Canada Executive Patrick Pichette to Join Google Executive Team". Google.
  3. ^ a b c "Former Google CFO Patrick Pichette's vacation is over: He's becoming a VC".
  4. ^ "Google CFO to take on HR duties". HR Grapevine. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ Liz Gannes (April 11, 2011). "More Google Management Changes: CFO Patrick Pichette Adds BizOps and HR to His Duties". All Things D. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Money began to rain on Trudeau Foundation once Justin took over Liberals, analysis shows". Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  7. ^ "Bombardier recrute Patrick Pichette, de Google". TVA Nouvelles. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  8. ^ Guyunn, Jessica (10 March 2015). "Google CFO Patrick Pichette to retire". USA Today. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  9. ^ Patrick Pichette (March 10, 2015). "Blog posting". Google Plus. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "INovia Sngas CFOs from Google and Blackberry to Lead Growth Fund", The Globe and Mail, April 11, 2018
  11. ^ "Top Google / RIM Executives Join Canada's iNovia Capital To Transform Growth Investing"Top Google", iNovia Capital
  12. ^ brought CDL to Oxford
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "About Us". Arctoris. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  15. ^ "Patrick Pichette - National Order of Quebec (In French)". Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  16. ^ "Luxury lodge rental in Outaouais, Quebec - Kenauk Nature". Luxury lodge rental in Outaouais, Quebec - Kenauk Nature. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  17. ^ "Wilderness Research". Kenauk Institute. Retrieved 2021-07-08.

External links

  • Biography at Inovia