Things to know about Sundar Pichai Google New CEO

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Two talents of India origin are today the faces of two tech giants: Microsoft and Google. Sundar Pichai, who was Satya Nadella’s competitor for the hot seat of Microsoft CEO in 2014, is named CEO of Google now. What Larry Page predicted about Pichai’s upcoming larger role in Google became a reality today. India-born Sundar Pichai is the new 43-year old CEO of Google.

Google’s new CEO, Sundar Pichai is an Indian by birth. He was born in 1972 and brought up in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu.

He was schooled at PSBB and VanaVani. He was made captain of the cricket team at high school for his leader like qualities. He showed signs of leadership in driving the cricket team to win the state level tournament in Tamil Nadu.

Sundar Pichai is one of the brightest IIT pass outs of his time. He did Bachelor of Technology in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur in West Bengal.

Then, he moved to the USA and pursued M.S. from Stanford University in California. He earned an MBA degree from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was honored with such glorious titles: Siebel Scholar and Palmer Scholar.

Before the beginning of his Google career in 2004, Sundar Pichai joined Applied Materials as an engineer in the product management division. Then, he had a stint in management consulting at McKinsey & Company.

He got married before joining Google. He has a son and a daughter. His career made a high leap when he entered Google as Vice President of Product Management and got involved in leading the innovation team for the then upcoming Google’s products: Chrome Browser and Chrome OS.

Today’s new Google CEO was entrusted with more responsibility towards technology innovation and product development with regards to Google’s other products like Firefox, Google Gears, Desktop Search, Google Toolbar, Google Maps, etc. It was because of his dedication and foresight that Chrome OS is integrated to such products as Chromebook Pixel.

He holds above 15 years of experience in developing high-tech products for consumers and enterprises. Since 2011, he has designated the post of Director of Jive Software simultaneously.

Under his supervision, Google Chrome saw the daylight in September 2008, and Google Chrome OS was launched for notebooks and desktops in July 2009. He gave a highly influential demonstration of Chrome OS in November 2009.

The responsibility of another division at Google was entrusted to Sunday Pichai in 2012 when Dave Girouard, Google Apps, quit Google and started his own venture, Upstart. Once again fortune favored him when Andy Rubin, cofounder and CEO of Android stepped down in 2013.

In 2011, Twitter approached Google’s new CEO for Vice President of Product after Jason Goldman resigned Twitter in December. But he continued with Google.

When Samsung’s increasing dominance over Google OS became a concern, Pichai’s leadership and foresight came as a solution. Google CEO Larry Page wrote about Sundar Pichai’s accomplishments in a blog post, “Sunday has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use.”

Christ Beckmann, former Google product manager, was eloquent in praise of Pichai’s rare ability to supervise and develop challenging projects, and build as well as mentor a strong team of talents. His team of product managers has the rare distinction of being one of the best.

Beckmann also wrote that Pichai is a likeable person and that he navigated through Google’s workplace politics without making enemies. For his impressive career and track record of achievements at Google, Sundar Pichai was the only competitor of Satya Nadella for the Microsoft CEO position.

In Eric Schmidt’s words, Sundar Pichai is a man of rare vision and brilliance. He is going to be a great CEO.

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