Sundar Pichai: The Next Face Of Google



In what has come as the biggest news for the internet giant, Google, Larry Page the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of the company has, in an official reshuffling of the staff’s portfolios, appointed Sundar Pichai as the leader of core Google products.

This position of leadership comes with a huge responsibility as Pichai will now function as the senior product lieutenant. Some of the many Google products that Pichai will be in charge of are Google+, Search, Maps, Research, and infrastructure. Few of the executives who earlier reported directly to Larry Page will now report to Pichai. The only big product kept out of Pichai’s purview is Youtube, the video unit of the company; Youtube will continue to be headed by Anne Wojcicki in whose garage Google actually took off.

So, here’s what you need to know about the man that has been termed as “one of the most powerful technology executive in the world” by Bloomberg’s Business Week.

  • The 42-year-old engineer is of Indian origin; Pichai was born in Chennai.
  • Pichai holds a bachelor’s degree from the esteemed Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and his degree M.S from Stanford University. He then completed his MBA from the
    University of Pennsylvania.
  • Pichai joined Google in 2004 and significantly contributed to the company’s success through its products like Toolbar, Google Gear and Google Pack.
  • Pichai is popularly known for his innovative idea of establishing Google’s own browser, Google Chrome.
  • Pichai’s is the mind behind Google’s initiation of Android One that launched in India in collaboration with emerging local giants, i.e. Micromax, Spice and Karbonn.
  • In what-may-seem “controversial”, many have also argued the possibility of Pichai to contend as the CEO of Microsoft.
  • Pichai handles Google’s relation with Samsung, the company that has largely collaborated with Google’s Android; Pichai was made to head Android after co-founder and CEO Andy Rubin stepped down in 2013.
  • After this reorganization of the staff, Pichai has emerged as the most powerful man in Google after Larry Page, the CEO of the company.

Pallavi Sharma

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