Ruth Porat

Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc., Google, Inc.

Ruth Porat has been chief financial officer of Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc. since May 2015. Previously she served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley, a position she held since January 2010. She joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 where she also served as of vice chairman of investment banking, global head of the financial institutions group, and co-head of technology investment banking. Throughout the financial crisis, Ms. Porat was responsible for the firm's coverage of financial institutions and governments globally. She led the Morgan Stanley teams advising the United States Treasury regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the New York Federal Reserve Bank with respect to AIG. She is vice chair of Stanford University’s Board of Trustees, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Stanford Management Company. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution. Ms. Porat was born in Sale, England and currently resides in Silicon Valley, California.


Foreign Affairs Article

The Good News From Google

Author: Ruth Porat

Ruth Porat has taken an unusual path to the tech world. Before becoming the chief financial officer at Google in May 2015 (and then at Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, a few months later), she held the same post at Morgan Stanley, where among other roles she worked closely with the U.S. government to sort out the troubles at the insurance corporation AIG and the mortgage-financing agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the 2008 financial crisis. 

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