Chennai-born Sundar Pichai, who is already in-charge of Android, Chrome and Google Apps, has been made the chief of core Google products, with more responsibilities to oversee research, search, maps, Google+, commerce and ad products and infrastructure, said Re/code magazine citing a memo to staff by Google CEO Larry Page.
The six executives in charge of newly added product areas, all of whom previously reported directly to Page, will now report to the fast-rising Pichai, it said. “The move seems born of Page’s concern – which is not new – that Google will become less innovative as it ages,” the magazine said.
More than that, it was Pichai’s sacrifice to let go Microsoft CEO position few months ago that made Larry Page realize his potential and hence the bonanza to keep him within Google family. Even Twitter tried to recruit him several years ago.
Otherwise, no-nonsense Pichai is the only Google honcho who succeeded and kept his progress on Android front unhindred despite immense competition from the rivals, especially Apple, Blackberry and Microsoft.
Pichai will also continue to directly manage business and operations, including access and energy, Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, finance and business (including Google adsense).
However, YouTube is being left out of the centralisation effort, with CEO Susan Wojcicki reporting to Page from the largely independent video unit.
Born in Chennai in 1972, Pichai joined Google in 2004. He earlier worked at Applied Materials and also at McKinsey. He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, prior to it.