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Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google ( Photo:Maurizio Pesce , Milan, Italy / Wikimedia)
 
 
India-born Sundar Pichai to head a new, focused Google

Bangalore, August 11 2015: India-born  Sundar Pichai,  43, who was Vice President  (Products) at Google  has been catapulted to the CEO position earlier today as a result of  key structural changes at the Web search and mobile  operating system leader. 
The news came via  a post at Google's investor site by  co-founder Larry Page.   He announced  the birth of a new company -- Alphabet -- which  would  a collection of companies including interests in the life sciences. The largest of which, of course, is Google, albeit  'slimmed down' from its current  size.

Writes Page: "He ( Sundar)  has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our internet businesses. Sergey ( Brin, Google co-founder with Page) ) 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."

Sundar  was born Pichai Sundararajan  in 1972 in  Chennai and did his schooling from Chennai at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan,  Nungambakkam. He got his B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur before moving to the US where he did Master's   at Stanford University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Pichai worked in engineering and product management at Applied Materials and in  management consulting  at McKinsey & Company. He  joined Google in 2004 as a product manager. 
Since October last, Sundar  has been  virtully the Big Boss of all Google products & innovation -- research, search, maps, Google+, commerce and ad products and infrastructure in addition to his  core  responsibilities Android, Chrome and Google Apps.
His elevation to the position of Google CEO  -- after Microsoft chose Satya Nadella  to head it -- is  indication of the increasing presence of Indian talent at the head of US-based technology  giants.
Read the Larry Page memo here




    


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