The rise and rise of Sundar Pichai

"Super excited about his progress and dedication to the agency," says Google co-founder Larry Page.
Google’s announcement on Monday that it would be subsumed within a brand new figure organization called Alphabet had a bonus for human beings of Indian-beginning international over: the business enterprise’s head of Products and Engineering, Chennai-born Pichai Sundararajan, become anointed the CEO of the new, “slimmed down” Google.

Underscoring his self belief inside the man called Sundar Pichai (43), Google boss Larry Page said of the restructuring within the organization he co-based with Sergey Brin, “A key a part of that is Sundar Pichai.”

Mr. Pichai, who's a graduate of IIT Kharagpur and Stanford University, had “simply stepped up due to the fact October of remaining yr, when he took on product and engineering obligation for our Internet corporations,” Mr. Page stated in a blog post, adding that he and Mr. Brin were “extraordinary enthusiastic about his progress and willpower to the organisation.”

They may properly have motive to feel fortunate that Mr. Pichai is the man to go their $sixty six-billion revenue, $sixteen-billion profit, corporation– by maximum debts he combines a deep ardour for engineering excellence with a rare managerial exceptional of attracting the pleasant talent into the teams he works with.

Mr. Pichai started out at Google in 2004, wherein he was known as a “low-key manager” who worked on the Google toolbar and then led the launch of the marketplace-beating Chrome browser in 2008.

Following this his rise through the ranks of Google took on an increasingly more meteoric tenor, and shortly he have become Vice President, then Senior Vice President, and ultimately was charged with supervising all Google apps such as Gmail and Google Drive and sooner or later given control of Android itself.

His promotion to Product Chief in October 2014 actually made him Mr. Page’s 2nd-in-command with oversight of day-to-day operations for all of Google's important merchandise together with maps, seek, and advertising.

Some of Mr. Pichai’s colleagues describe him within the media as a skilled diplomat, inclusive of Caesar Sengupta, a Google Vice President who has labored with Mr. Pichai for 8 years, and stated to Bloomberg News, “I might challenge you to discover anyone at Google who doesn’t like Sundar or who thinks Sundar is a jerk.”

Nowhere turned into Mr. Pichai’s easy mixing of techno-diplomatic competence evident than in early 2014, while the fracas between Samsung and Google turned into achieving fever pitch, at the time over Samsung’s Magazine UX interface for its tablets, which Google felt may additionally have been deliberately underselling Google services together with its Play apps shop.

According to reports “Defusing the situation fell to Sundar Pichai, the tactful, tactical new leader of Google’s Android division. Pichai installation a sequence of meetings with J.K. Shin, CEO of Samsung Mobile Communications, [where] they held ‘frank conversations’ approximately the companies’ intertwined fates [and a] fragile peace was solid.”

Since then, Samsung has apparently agreed to cut back Magazine UX, and the 2 businesses have announced a wide patent pass-licensing association to enforce which they “now work together extra closely on consumer revel in than we ever have earlier than,” consistent with Mr. Pichai.

Another obvious talent of Google’s new CEO – his wondering appears to be in advance of the curve. Although Mr. Pichai trained in metallurgy and materials technological know-how at IIT Kharagpur, and Stanford and did an MBA at Wharton, he become already deeply immersed inside the world of electronics.

According to one of his college professors Mr. Pichai “changed into doing work in the field of electronics at a time while no separate direction on electronics existed in our curriculum.”

The Google founders no question recognized that Mr. Pichai turned into a person on an evangelical-type project for pushing the limits of era.

Mr. Pichai most eloquently mentioned this venture when he stated, “For me, it subjects that we force era as an equalising pressure, as an enabler for every person round the world. Which is why I do want Google to look, push, and invest more in making sure computing is more on hand, connectivity is greater on hand.”

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