Sundar Pichai Indian again after Microsoft now Google
Pichai Sundararajan or Sundar Pichai of India has been officially named as CEO of Google, replacing Larry Page in the role. He earned this spot after spending the last 8 months or so in charge of all of Google’s major products, including search, ads, Android, and maps.
Pichai’s appointment is part of restructuring that will end with a “slimmed-down” company. This smaller, search-focused Google will be the largest subsidiary of a new parent company called Alphabet.
Sundar Pichai, 43, is a native of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He attended university in India before obtaining a graduate degree in engineering and materials science at Stanford. He earned an MBA at the Wharton School and worked at McKinsey and Applied Materials before joining Google in 2004. Pichai attended the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, won a scholarship to Stanford University, worked at the early Silicon Valley blue chip Applied Materials Inc. and joined Google Inc. as a product manager. He worked on the toolbar, an important early window into Google’s services that appeared on the top of Web browsers like Internet Explorer.
Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet.
His job now will be about positioning Google for the future, which hands him some of the toughest jobs in all of tech—like shifting the profit engine from the desktop to mobile and combating the rapid growth of online shopping and more Inc. in e-commerce and cloud computing and Face book Inc. in social networking.