Google’s Sundar Pichai elevated as Alphabet CEO
MUMBAI: Google CEO Sundar Pichai has been elevated as the CEO of Alphabet, the holding company of Google. He will continue to be the CEO of Google and will remain a member of the Alphabet’s Board of Directors.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the CEO, and president, respectively, of Alphabet, have decided to leave these roles. They will continue their involvement as co-founders, shareholders, and members of the Alphabet’s Board of Directors.
The management change is effective immediately.
Alphabet’s chairman of Board of Directors John Hennessy said, “It’s impossible to overstate Larry and Sergey’s contributions over the past 21 years. I’m grateful that they will continue their involvement on the Board.”
Pichai said, “I’m excited about Alphabet and its long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology. 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.”
Pichair joined Google in 2004 and helped lead the development of Google Toolbar and then Google Chrome, which grew to become the world’s most popular internet browser.
In 2014, he was appointed to lead product and engineering for all of Google’s products and platforms – including popular products such as Search, Maps, Play, Android, Chrome, Gmail and Google Apps (now G Suite). Sundar became Google’s CEO in August 2015. He joined the Board of Directors of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, in July 2017.
Under his leadership as CEO, Google has been focused on developing products and services, powered by the latest advances in AI, that offer help in moments big and small. It has invested in new opportunities such as Google Cloud and YouTube and has continued to be a leader in advanced technologies, including machine learning and quantum computing.
Sundar grew up in Chennai, India and studied engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology where he was awarded an Institute Silver Medal. He holds a master’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.