Newton Cheng

Director of Health + Performance at Google


Newton Cheng is a husband and father, competitive powerlifter, and is Director of Health + Performance at Google. His goal is to offer a different model of vulnerable leadership that inspires culture change in the workplace so that we can take better care of ourselves and each other.

Drawing on his unique background at Google as well as his journey to becoming a world champion powerlifter, he has unique expertise in the intersections of health & wellbeing, and performance of individuals and teams. Despite still working as an executive at Google, Newton has openly shared about his struggles with mental health and burnout in order to model what it looks like to pierce the stigma around mental health.

He’s spent his 15-year career at Google developing, launching and scaling global programs aimed at helping Googlers to thrive. Today he oversees a global portfolio of Google’s physical and digital health & wellbeing amenities. He spends much of his time exploring how Google can leverage spaces and services, community, culture and technology to support the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of Googlers, their families, and our neighbors.

As a powerlifter, he has set multiple world, US, and California state records, and is a world and four time US national champion. Newton was born and raised in Macomb, IL. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.