As Google’s third CEO, Pichai is taking over a company in flux. In a massive corporate restructuring, Google has become a subsidiary of Alphabet, a new company run by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Here are some little-known facts about the new CEO.
1. Hails from Tamil Nadu, India
A soccer fan who hails from Tamil Nadu, Pichai holds a master’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
2. Received B.Tech. from IIT, Kharagpur
He received a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
3. Studied at Stanford and Wharton
He then received a MS from Stanford and obtained an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, Pichai was honored as a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.
4. Named chief executive officer of the Internet titan
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.
5. His role as SVP of products
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 US Securities and Exchange Commission.
6. Part of the team that launched Chrome browser
Pichai was part of the team that launched the Chrome browser in 2008 and also worked on various search products, including Google Toolbar, Desktop Search, Gadgets and Google Gears, according to the company.
US media described him as soft-spoken, little-known, and a long-time right-hand man to mentor Page.
8. Joined Google in 2004
He had joined Google in 2004 as its vice president of product management, where he led the team working on Google’s Chrome browser and operating system.
9. He was one of a small group of product managers
Back then, he was one of a small group of product managers, but his responsibilities escalated from working on new versions of the Google tool bar to overseeing the building of Chrome.
10. Exemplery Management Skills
Pichai demonstarted his team devotion while working under Marissa Mayer, who then was a key executive at Google. According to The Information’s Amir Efrati, Pichai ‘used to wait for hours outside her office to make sure that she gave his team solid work-performance scores.’ In addition to his team management skills, Efrati notes that Pichai has also been known to throw his weight around when necessary.
At his year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pichai reportedly ‘told Samsung’s mobile-products leader that Google was willing to ‘walk away’ from its enormous phone partnership with the company.’
Source : TOI