Sun­dar Pichai — Google’s new chief

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

His name may not ring a bell, but Google’s new CEO Sun­dar Pichai has worked on some of the com­pany’s best- known prod­ucts — from the Chrome browser to the An­droid mo­bile soft­ware.

Pichai, 43, was named chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the In­ter­net ti­tan Mon­day, as Google un­veiled a new cor­po­rate struc­ture cre­at­ing an um­brella com­pany dubbed Al­pha­bet.

He will over­see the big­gest com­pany un­der that um­brella, which will still be called Google and will con­tinue to in­clude some of its house­hold prod­ucts, in­clud­ing its search en­gine, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and the An­droid sys­tem.

Al­pha­bet will be run by Google chief Larry Page, who show­ered praise upon Pichai, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of prod­ucts.

“I feel very for­tu­nate to have some­one as tal­ented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to con­tinue to scale our as­pi­ra­tions,” ac­cord­ing to Page in a blog post.

Page said he was im­pressed with his “progress and ded­i­ca­tion to the com­pany” and promised to con­tinue to groom Pichai, who has been at Google since 2004.

“I have been spend­ing quite a bit of time with Sun­dar, help­ing him and the com­pany in any way I can, and I will of course con­tinue to do that.”

In his role as SVP of prod­ucts, Pichai over­sees man­age­ment, en­gi­neer­ing and re­search for Google’s prod­ucts and plat­forms, ac­cord­ing to Google’s fil­ing at the U. S. Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion.

Be­fore that, he was SVP of Google An­droid, Chrome and Apps, work­ing on con­sumer prod­ucts “used by mil­lions of peo­ple,” the fil­ing said.

Pichai was part of the team t hat l aunched t he Chrome browser i n 2008 and also worked on var­i­ous search prod­ucts, in­clud­ing Google Tool­bar, Desk­top Search, Gad­gets and Google Gears, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

U. S. media de­scribed him as soft- spo­ken, lit­tle- known, and a long- time right- hand man to men­tor Page.

In a 2014 in­ter­view with Forbes he said one of his main pri­or­i­ties was the tran­si­tion to mo­bile.

“Is it an im­por­tant us?” he said.

“Yes. Are we do­ing it well? There are many in­di­ca­tions that yes we are. When you look at all our core prod­ucts, they do well in mo­bile.”

He also talked about ex­pand­ing Google Play into China, which Google with­drew from in 2010 af­ter a fall­out with Bei­jing over cen­sor­ship is­sues.

“If we can fig­ure out a model by which we can serve those users, it would be a priv­i­lege to do so. So, I don’t think of China as a black hole,” he told the mag­a­zine.

“I see it as a huge op­por­tu­nity


for in which we are play­ing as an en­abling plat­form to­day and hope­fully we have a chance to of­fer other ser­vices in the fu­ture.”

Push­ing Bound­aries

Be­fore join­ing Google, Pichai worked as an engi­neer at man­u­fac­turer Ap­plied Ma­te­ri­als, fol­lowed by a stint in man­age­ment con­sult­ing at McKin­sey & Com­pany.

Orig­i­nally from Tamil Nadu state in south­east In­dia, Pichai re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of Tech­nol­ogy from the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Kharag­pur.

He also has a Master of Science from Stan­ford Univer­sity and a Master of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from the Whar­ton School of the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Page said Pichai is the man to steer the Google ship in the com­ing years, as it con­tin­ues to in­no­vate and ex­pand its prod­uct base.

“Google it­self is also mak­ing all sorts of new prod­ucts, and I know Sun­dar will al­ways be fo­cused on in­no­va­tion- con­tin­u­ing to stretch bound­aries,” he said.


In this May 28 file photo, Sun­dar Pichai, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of An­droid, Chrome and Apps, waves af­ter speak­ing dur­ing the Google I/O 2015 key­note pre­sen­ta­tion in San Fran­cisco.

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