The web is abuzz with Google’s overhaul. Google has “slimmed down” and will be a large subsidiary of a new parent company called the Alphabet. Sundar Pichai will be the new face of this restructured Google. While the parent company will be headed by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Sundar Pichai will be responsible for handling Google. Many are still unfamiliar about the man of the moment. Before getting this responsibility, Pichai was the head of Chrome and Android.
Here are a few facts which will help you know about Sundar Pichai:
- Sundar Pichai, whose real name is Pichai Sundararajan, was born in Chennai on July, 1972. He studied at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, where he got his Bachelor of Technology degree.
- He then got a M.S from Stanford and obtained an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Pichai worked as an engineer at Applied Materials and then as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company before joining Google.
- He joined Google in 2004 as the vice president of product management. For almost a decade he worked on products like Google Gears, Toolbar and Google Pack, and eventually Google Chrome. In 2008, he successfully launched the Chrome web browser. In 2012, he took charge of the Google Apps. In 2013, he took charge of Android.
- Pichai turned down an offer from Twitter in 2011. He was approached to oversee products after Jason Goldman, then Vice President, had stepped down. Recently, his name had also come up as a potential candidate for the role of CEO at Twitter.
- In 2013, his name was also mentioned as a probable candidate for the position of Microsoft CEO, when the resignation of then CEO, Steve Ballmer was announced.
- In October 2014, Pichai took charge of the core products of Google including maps, search, Android, Google+, infrastructure, Chrome, Google Apps, commerce and ads.
Page wrote about Pichai’s new role as a CEO in a press release: “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.”
We wish him all the luck for his new role as the CEO of Google.
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