Nobel Prize Winner Frances Arnold Joins Alphabet’s Board Of Directors

By Amit Chowdhry ● December 10, 2019
  • Nobel chemistry laureate and California Institute of Technology professor Frances Arnold is joining Alphabet’s board of directors

Nobel chemistry laureate and California Institute of Technology (CalTech) professor Frances Arnold is joining the board of directors at Alphabet. At CalTech, Arnold is the Linus Pauling professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering, and biochemistry and she is the director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center.

Arnold is starting on the board immediately and she will serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. And she is succeeding professor of molecular biology and public policy and president emerita of Princeton University Shirley Tilghman — who is retiring from the board.

The board is now comprised of 11 people, including Alphabet co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin along with newly promoted CEO Sundar Pichai.

“I’m honored to join Alphabet’s Board,” said Arnold in a statement. “I’ve long admired Alphabet’s commitment to technology and research, and to improving the lives of people around the world, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Arnold is going to receive an initial equity award of $1 million in the form of restricted stock units.

John Hennessy, the chairman of the Alphabet board of directors, pointed out that “Frances is an accomplished bioengineer, entrepreneur, and scholar who brings incredible knowledge and experience to our Board, and we’re delighted to have her join us.”