Outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt has said he wants to stay at Google in his new role as executive chairman for another 10 years.
Schmidt, who announced last week that he will be stepping down as CEO in favour of Google co-founder Larry Page from 4 April, said that he is “very personally excited” about his next decade with the company.
When questioned about his future plans at the during his keynote speech at the DLD conference in Munich, Schmidt reaffirmed his commitment to the company.
“How long are you committed to doing what you’re doing? As long as it’s exciting,” he said.
During his speech, Schmidt told attendees that Google had looked at stopping the indexing of all confidential US cables published by WikiLeaks.
Reuters reports that, despite many other firms apparently buckling under US government pressure and cutting ties with the controversial site, Schmidt said Google has decided continue indexing them.
“Has Google looked at the appropriateness of indexing WikiLeaks? The answer is yes, and we decided to continue,” he said. “Because it's legal.”
Schmidt also announced that Google plans to create more than 1,000 new jobs in Europe over 2011, roughly split across both sales and technology, on the back of better than expected fourth quarter results.
“I'm very happy to announce that we're going to add more than 1,000 employees in Europe this year,” he said. “We are going to invest in Europe.”