For the uninitiated, Sundar Pichai (aka Pichai Sundararajan) was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Kanpur.Pichai then headed to the US for higher education. He holds an MS degree (Stanford University) and an MBA (Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania), where he was named – Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar respectively.
Prior to joining Google, Pichai worked in engineering and product management at Applied Materials, and later as management consultant at McKinsey & Company. In 2004, he joined Google as a team leader of product management and innovation efforts of the company’s client software products (including Google Chrome and Chrome OS). The IIT-Kanpur alumni is also credited with the creation of Google Drive, a popular cloud-based storage service.
Since then, Pichai has steadily climbed the rungs of Google, overlooking development of top apps like Gmail and Google Maps. Last year, he was made the head of Android team, which was led by Andy Rubin till then. In September 2014, he launched his pet-project Android One in home country India, with an aim to bring affordable computing to all stratas of the society. This is an initiative to capture the next five billion Android users into the Google’s fold.