Tony Fadell is known to most as the “father of the iPod.” He and former Apple engineer Matt Rogers went on to cofound Nest Labs, best known for the company’s smart home thermostat. The company was purchased in 2014 by Google for $3.2 billion. But now Fadell is leaving the company in a blog posting, Fadell wrote that the “transition has been in progress since late last year and while I won’t be present day to day at Nest, I’ll remain involved in my new capacity as an advisor to Alphabet and Larry Page.”
He went on to state that “Marwan Fawaz is joining Nest as the company’s new CEO.” About his own future he wrote “Although this news may feel sudden to some, this transition has been in progress since late last year and while I won’t be present day to day at Nest, I’ll remain involved in my new capacity as an advisor to Alphabet and Larry Page”.
The company has seen some hardship in the past few years with it being forced to suspend sales of its Protect smoke & carbon monoxide alarm over safety concerns. And earlier this year the company released a buggy software update which caused many users to experience their products quickly running out of batteries and shutting down.