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What You May Not Know About Google CEO, Sundar Pichai

What You May Not Know About Google CEO, Sundar Pichai

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Sundar Pichai’s story reminds me of this common quote “your background doesn’t determine the height you will get to in life, you are the one that will determine what you will get out of  life”

Pichai Sundararajan, also known as Sundar Pichai, is an Indian American business executive. Pichai was Born on July 12, 1972 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.  

In February 2016, he was awarded 273,328 shares of Google’s holding company Alphabet, which led to a rise in his net worth. These shares were worth $199 million, and this took his holdings up to $650 million. According to Bloomberg, this is the highest pay package that Google has ever given to an executive whose equity grants have been reported in filings.
 

Pichai is the chief executive officer of Google Inc. He took over as Google’s CEO two years ago amid a corporate restructuring when Larry Page, Google’s cofounder and previous CEO, became CEO and Sergey Brin as President of Google’s newly created parent company, Alphabet.

Pichai, who had been serving as Google’s head of Products and Engineering before he was named the new CEO of Google which is the biggest company under Alphabet Inc.

Pichai  joined Google years ago in 2004 as a product manager and led the innovative efforts for several of Google’s products including Google Chrome and Chrome OS which went on to become highly successful. Eventually he took over the management of other Google products like Gmail and Google Docs, and rose through the ranks rapidly.

Facts You Did Not Know About Sundar Pichai

  • His father, Regunatha Pichai, worked as an electrical engineer for the British conglomerate GEC and managed a factory that made electrical components. His mother used to be a stenographer before having children. He has one brother. His father couldn’t afford telephone until Pichai was twelve.
  • Pichai grew up in a middle-class home and as a bright student, he excelled academically at his school, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, and earned a seat in the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, one of the most prestigious engineering institutions in India.
    • He is very good at remembering numbers and could remember every telephone number he dialed when he was young.

  • He did his B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and then won a scholarship to study materials science and semiconductor physics from Stanford University from where he eventually earned his M.S.

 

  • He initially planned to pursue a Ph.D. from Stanford and embark on an academic career. However, he dropped out and joined Applied Materials—a Silicon Valley semiconductor maker—as an engineer and product manager. He did not work there for long.

  • He went on to complete his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2002), where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.

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  • Following the completion of his MBA he was appointed as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

  • He joined Google in 2004. Initially he worked on Google’s search toolbar as a part of a small team. The toolbar gave users of Internet Explorer and Firefox easy access to Google search.

  • He also worked on other Google products like Google Gears and Google Pack. The success of Google’s toolbar gave Pichai the idea that Google should develop its own browser. He discussed his idea with his seniors and faced an objection from then-CEO Eric Schmidt, who thought that developing a browser would be a too expensive affair.

  • However, Pichai persevered and convinced the co-founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to launch Google’s own browser. Pichai played a pivotal role in the ultimate launch of the browser, Google Chrome, in 2008. Chrome proved to be a great success as it allowed the users to directly access Google’s search engine.

  • Pichai became an internationally known figure following the phenomenal success of the Chrome which eventually became the No. 1 browser in the world, surpassing competitors such as Internet Explorer and Firefox. The Chrome also paved the way for a series of other important products like Chrome OS, Chromebooks, and Chromecast.

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  • In 2008, Pichai was promoted to Vice President of product development. In this position he started appearing more often at Google presentations and continued rising up the ranks in Google. By 2012, he had become the Senior Vice President of Chrome and apps.

  • In 2013, Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, left to work on a different project. Larry Page then made Pichai in-charge of Android as well. His influence continued to increase and he was made the Product Chief in October 2014.

  • In 2015, Google formed a company, Alphabet Inc., to serve as a holding company and conglomerate to own the subsidiaries that were previously owned by Google, including a new “slimmed down” version of Google itself. On 10 August 2015, Sundar Pichai was named the new CEO of Google.

 

Pichai oversees a company with tens of thousands of employees, tens of billions in revenue and products that reach billions  of users.

Although, he is currently fighting corporate culture battle among his employees because of an article written by   James Damorein,only time will tell how the issue would be resolved.

Pichai is surely a hero to many people worldwide.

 

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Olasunkanmi Olasunkanmi is an information geek, a passionate story teller, a dynamic entrepreneur and a lover of any tool that can make maximum impact in the the life of fellow young men and women.