Pichai, 43, was named chief executive officer of Google and unveiled a new corporate structure creating an umbrella company dubbed Alphabet.
Pichai will oversee the biggest company under that umbrella, which will still be called Google and will continue to include some of Google’s best-known products, including its search engine, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android system.
Google chief Larry Page said,
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 added that he was impressed with Pichai’s progress and dedication to the company and promised to continue to groom him, who has been at Google since 2004.
In his current role, Pichai oversees product management, engineering and research for Google’s products and platforms, according to Google’s filing at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Pichai was part of the team that launched the Chrome browser in 2008 and, prior to that, worked on various search products, including Google Toolbar, Desktop Search, Gadgets, and Google Gears and Gadgets, according to Business Insider magazine.
Originally from Chennai, in Tamil Nadu province in southeast India, Pichai received a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He also has a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
“Google itself is also making all sorts of new products, and I know Sundar will always be focused on innovation – continuing to stretch boundaries, I know he deeply cares that we can continue to make big strides on our core mission to organise the world’s information.”