Sundar Pichai Steps Into Role as Alphabet CEO

Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He is an alumnus of Wharton business school, Stanford University and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Sundar Pichai was born in 1972 in Chennai. His original name is Pichai Sundararajan, but he is known as Sundar Pichai. He earned his bachelor’s degree from IIT, Kharagpur. Pichai completed his masters from Stanford University and did MBA from Wharton University. He worked at a software company Applied Materials and management consulting firm McKenzie before joining Google in 2004. His stature has grown rapidly in the last 15 years in Google. At the beginning of his career at Google, he played an important role in developing Google Toolbar and Google Chrome. In 2014, he got an opportunity to lead all products and platforms of the company. In 2015, Sundar Pichai became the CEO of Google and in 2017 he was included on the board of directors of parent company Alphabet.

Now, after becoming CEO of Alphabet, his portfolio includes projects such as self-driving car Waymo apart from Google’s core products.

About Alphabet

Googleplex-HQGoogle’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin restructured Google in 2015 to make Alphabet. Google shares converted to the Alphabet. There are some companies like Google Life Science (Verily), Nest Labs, Google Fiber, Google X, Google Venture, Google Capital, and Waymo are working as Alphabet’s subsidiaries. Alphabet is the third-largest company in the world with a market capitalization of USD 893 billion (Rs 64 lakh crore). Apple and Microsoft are at number one and number two respectively.

Alphabet took birth  in 2015 as “a collection of companies” that separates Google from “other bets” that aren’t part of its core businesses, such as Waymo (self-driving cars), Verily (life sciences), Calico (biotech R&D), Sidewalk Labs (urban innovation) and Loon (rural internet access via balloon).

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, has now become the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet. Pichai has been appointed on this post by following the resignations of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Do you know that all the services and products of Google come under its parent company Alphabet?

Larry Page and Sergey Brin will also remain with the company as co-founders and board of directors. However, Sundar Pichai will hold an altogether new responsibility. Larry Page who resigned as CEO of Alphabet, while Sergey Brin stepped down as President of Alphabet.

The India-born Chief Executive Officer of Google, Sundar Pichai will also get the leadership role at its parent firm Alphabet after the internet giant’s co-founders named Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from its active management, contributing towards making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world.

Page and Brin are also now stepping down as CEO and president, respectively, of Alphabet, the company announced on Tuesday.

Pichai, 47, being the current CEO of Google and a longtime executive at the company, will take over as CEO of Alphabet in addition to his current role.

Considering this move as a significant shakeup in the Silicon Valley company, the shuffle also comes at a time when Google was facing mounting scrutiny over its size, data privacy practices and potential impact on society.

With Alphabet being well-established firm, and Google and ‘Other Bets’ operating as usual effectively as independent companies, it’s the time to simplify our management structure, the two Google co-founders wrote in a public letter.

“We’ve never been the ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company,” they said.

“And Alphabet and Google now no longer need two CEOs and a President. Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both companies Google and Alphabet. He will be the only hand who will also be responsible and accountable for leading Google, and managing Alphabet’s investment in our portfolio of Other Bets,” said Page and Brin.

The co-founders will continue to serve on the Alphabet’s board of directors.

They wrote that “We are so deeply committed to the Google and Alphabet for the long term, and will remain actively involved as the  Board members, shareholders, and co-founders. In addition, we also plan to continue talking with Sundar regularly, especially on topics we’re passionate about!” 

Page and Brin, who gave birth to the industry’s internet giant over two decades ago, took lesser roles in day-to-day operations in the company in 2015 when they turned Google into Alphabet.

In his statement, Pichai made it clear that the transition will not at all affect the Alphabet structure or the work they do day to day.

“I will continue focussing on Google and the deep work involved in it,  and we’re doing to push the boundaries of computing and build a more helpful Google for everyone,” he wrote.

“At the same time, I’m also excited about Alphabet and its long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology,” he said in his email.

Do you know that Pichai took over as CEO of Google in 2015 as part of the company’s broader corporate restructuring to create Alphabet. Prior to that, Pichai had also played a variety of roles at the company, including overseeing the Chrome, product chief of Google and head of the Android operating system.

Endorsing this enormous leadership role which is being played by Pichai ever since he was made Google CEO, Page and Sergey said that the Indian-American brings humility and a deep passion for the technology to all their users, partners, and employees every day.

“He’s worked closely with us for more than 15 years, through the formation of Alphabet, as CEO of Google, and a member of the Alphabet Board of Directors. He shares our confidence in the value of the complete Alphabet structure, and the ability it provides us to tackle big challenges through technology,” they wrote.

“There is no one that we have actually relied on more since Alphabet was founded, and no better person to lead Google and Alphabet into the future,” they said.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin just announced that Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be replacing Page as the CEO of parent company Alphabet.

In addition, Brin is stepping down from his role as Alphabet’spresident.

At the time, Page shifted from the Google CEO role to Alphabet CEO, with Pichai stepping in to lead the search giant. However, Page and Brin wrote today that “Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President. Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet.”

Pichai has been Google’s public face for a while now, but this move cements his leadership of the larger company while moving Page and Brin out of the limelight.

“I’m excited about Alphabet and its long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology,” Pichai said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Larry and Sergey in our new roles. Thanks to them, we have a timeless mission, enduring values, and a culture of collaboration and exploration. It’s a strong foundation on which we will continue to build.”

About Pichai, Page and Brin wrote:

larry-page-sergey-brinSundar brings humility and a deep passion for technology to our users, partners and our employees every day. He’s worked closely with us for 15 years, through the formation of Alphabet, as CEO of Google, and a member of the Alphabet Board of Directors. He shares our confidence in the value of the Alphabet structure, and the ability it provides us to tackle big challenges through technology. There is no one that we have relied on more since the Alphabet was founded, and no better person to lead Google and Alphabet into the future.

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