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