When Google announced a major re-structuring to it’s new executive structure, a very big spotlight has shone on Sundar Pichai, the executive who will replace Larry Page as Google’s CEO.
Pichai, who as a senior vice president of product oversaw Google’s main offerings like search, advertising, Android and YouTube, has long been considered the heir apparent to Page, who became CEO in 2011.
Originally from Tamil Nadu,Pichai graduated from IIT Kharagpur, and joined Google in 2004 and eventually worked his way up to be Larry’s right handed man.
Before joining Google Pichai worked at Applied Materials as an engineer and then at McKinsey & Company in management consulting and later joined Google in 2004.There he played a vital role in developing products like Chrome web browser,Chrome OS and Android operating system.
And he(Sundar Pichai) is now the new Boss at ‘slimmed‘ down Google Inc.The announcement came with news that Google is re-branding itself as Alphabet Inc, a “collection of companies,” the largest of which is Google. Page will be CEO of Alphabet and Google co-founder Sergey Brin will be its president.
The new ‘slimmed’ down Google will keep search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android and will be a subsidiary of Alphabet.While the Alphabet will oversee Google X projects — businesses such as Calico, Nest and Fiber — as well as Google Ventures and Google Capital, the company said.
Keeping Google in the hands of Pichai would give freedom to Google’s creators, Larry Page and Sergey Brin,to explore the world in new possibilities and to focus more on their future projects like glucose-monitoring contact lenses, internet balloons and anti-aging research.
In a blog post announcing about Alphabet and Pichai’s new post as CEO, Larry quoted:
He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our Internet businesses. Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. And it is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google. I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations. I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that.
Read more about Alphabet and what Larry has said about Sundar Pichai, here in Larry Page’s blog post and share your views in comments below.
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