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Google’s New CEO: Know more about Sundar Pichai

Google co-founder Larry Page named Sundar Pichai as CEO of Google, while Page and co-founder Sergey Brin will head a larger holding company Alphabet.

As Google’s third CEO, Sundar Pichai is taking over a company in flux. In a massive corporate restructuring, Google has become a subsidiary of Alphabet, a new company run by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Sundar, 43, was born in Tamil Nadu, India. After completing his undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, he came to the United States to study at Stanford University.

When did Pichai start working at Google?

Sundar got his start at Google in 2004, building the now expired Google toolbar. The toolbar allowed Internet Explorer and Firefox customers to make Google their default search engine.

In the next few years, he took over Chrome, Google’s Web browser. When he introduced Chrome to the world in 2008, the world reacted with puzzlement: How could it compete with Internet Explorer and Firefox?

Yet Chrome eventually became the world’s most used Web browser. Chrome even became a successful operating system for Chromebook laptops, used mostly by schools.

Sundar eventually became vice president, then senior vice president in 2013 when he added Android to his growing portfolio.

Last year, he became Google’s product chief, overseeing virtually all Google software products not named YouTube. He runs Google+, Google Wallet, Android Pay and Google’s Apps services for businesses.

Sundar also runs the Google I/O developers conference, where he serves as the public face of Google.

Subdued and generally quiet, Sundar is admired at Google not just for his obvious engineering talents but also his general likability.

As CEO of Google, he gets one more feather in his cap and adds a few more products to his now giant kingdom like search, ads, maps, apps, Android, Chrome and YouTube will now all be under his purview.

What did other leaders mention on Social Media for Sundar’s new achievement?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mr. Pichai on his appointment as Google CEO:

Eric Schmidt, who was the executive chairman at the old Google and will now become the executive chairman of Alphabet, tweeted too:

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tweeted out too:

Bret Taylor, co-creator of Google Maps, ex-CTO of Facebook and co-founder of technology Quip also congratulated Sundar:

Apple CEO Tim Cook also congratulated the new CEO:

LinkedIn CEO also congratulated Sundar Pichai:

Others who knew him from his early days in India were excited about the high-profile promotion, noting that he had been a very shy, polite student.
“It is a unique achievement that he has managed to excel at such a young age on foreign soil,” said his former professor, Sanat Roy, who has since retired from teaching at the Indian Institute of Technology. “Pichai got the opportunity and showed his potential.”

Source: CNN

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