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Google CEO: Sundar Pichai Takes Over as Larry Page Gives Way

Google executives Tom Oliveri, Caesar Sen Gupta, Sunder Pichai and Rajan Anandan at the launch of Google Android One smartphones in New Delhi, on Sept 15, 2014. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

Google executives Tom Oliveri, Caesar Sen Gupta, Sunder Pichai and Rajan Anandan at the launch of Google Android One smartphones in New Delhi, on Sept 15, 2014. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

Indian-born Sundar Pichai named as new CEO of Google. The search giant as part of a surprise corporate overhaul saw the company forming a new parent company called Alphabet Inc.

A native of Chennai, Pichai, 43, was born and schooled in Chennai. He also captained his school’s cricket team. Later he joined Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur).

Pichai has worked for Google’s web browser Chrome and for the Android mobile OS. He joined Google in the year 2004, it is evident that Sundar Pichai used his talent in great effect.

His appointment makes him the latest Indian to earn a high profile job in US. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, from Hyderabad, Shantanu Narayan, who is also from Hyderabad heads Adobe are the other notable examples.

The announcement of change was made by Larry Page on Monday, saying he will hold the same position at Alphabet.

Larry Page in his blog-post praised Sunder and said, “Sundar has been saying the things I would have said for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together.”

He added: “I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations.”

He said he has been “spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that.”

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