It’s almost ten years since Sundar Pichai has joined Google. After a great running at Chrome, Android and Google Apps, Chief Executive Officer Larry Page decided to put him in charge of the Internet Company’s products. This means that he will have oversight on products, such as Google+, Google maps, advertising, commerce and infrastructure. More than six executives that had reported to Larry Page, including the heads of social media and research and search, will report to Sundar Pichai for now on.
Larry Page had declared that this move will free up his time and he can focus on bigger items, such as new corporate strategy and new products. During this time, Sundar Pichai will have the attribution to concentrate on the existing business units. Google’s most popular video website, Youtube, will continue to report directly to Larry Page and will be unaffected by the new structure. This is a big accomplishment for Pichai and his career, as this move can put him in the running for the top job, when Larry Page decides to step down.
Sundar Pichai was born in 1972, under the name of Pichai Sundararajan. His hometown is situated in the Indian City of Chennai. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from IIT-Kharagpur, placed in West Bengal. After that he earned a Master degree from Stanfor University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Google in 2004, he worked at management consultants McKinsey & Company and after that he held various positions at Applied Materials.
During this time, many rumors had been heard about Pichai, such as that he competed for a top job at Microsoft, after Steve Ballmer decided to leave the giant company. Another rumor was that in 2011 Twitter wanted him at the company, but he decided to stay with Google after receiving a consisting multi-million dollar loyalty incentive.
Google has suffered many high-level management changes this year. Nikesh Arora, Chief Business Officer, had decided to leave Google to become Vice Chairman of Japan’s SoftBank Cord and the head of Google’s social networking services, Vic Gundotra, has left the company in April.