Brief on new Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google has announced that its CEO, Sundar Pichai will replace company the co-founder of Google, Larry Page as Chief Executive of its parent company Alphabet Inc, the company said in a cross-channel article posted on Tuesday.

Below are some quick facts about Sundar Pichai:

  • Indian and US national
  • The 47 year old was born in Tamil Nadu, India on June 10, 1972
  • Appointed CEO of Google in November 2015
  • An alumnus of Wharton business school, Stanford University and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • Worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co
  • First interviewed at Google on April 1, 2004, the same day that the company launched Gmail
  • Credited for making the Google Chrome web browser and Google Drive
  • Pichai was responsible for managing the dominant Android smartphone OS
  • Prior to taking over as CEO, he headed up product and engineering at Google’s Internet businesses
  • Was widely seen as a potential successor to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
  • Like many in similar positions, he sees himself as both an engineer and a CEO
  • Well thought of within both the company and the industry as a whole
  • Is an avid chess player
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