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Meet Sundar Pichai, Google’s New CEO

Google broke the news on 10th August 2015 that India-born Sundar Pichai is going to replace Larry Page as the company’s CEO. And the company is going to be the part of a larger entity known as Alphabet(abc.xyz). Interestingly, Sundar Pichai has done a gigantic gamut of work in his career before joining Google. Do you know what that is? Let’s find it out right away.

Early Life of Sundar Pichai

Born in Madras (at present Chennai), Tamil Nadu on July    12, 1972, Pichai (Pichai Sundararajan) went to Jawahar Vidyalaya school that is located in Ashok Nagar, Chennai and completed his Class X. Then, he went to Vana Vani school that is located in the IIT campus in Chennai to complete his Class XII.

Pichai earned a degree in B.Tech Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and went on to pursue MBA and MS degrees despite his professors’ recommending him to pursue a PhD at Stanford University.

Sunder Pichai

He did his MS in Material Sciences and Engineering from Stanford University and did his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In the University, he was honored with the name of a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.

Personal Life of Sundar Pichai

Pichai is married to Anjali Pichai whom he dated in India and has two kids (a son and a daughter).

Sunder Pichai and Anjali Pichai

Sunder Pichai Before Google

Pichai worked in management consulting at McKinsey & Company and in engineering and product management at Applied Materials before joining Google.

After Joining Google

Team Google

He joined Google in 2004 and became the main thrust behind the Google Chrome browser and the Chrome OS. He is also known to have worked on renowned products, such as Toolbar, Google Pack, and Google Gears before Google Chrome was launched. Nonetheless, it was actually the success of Toolbar that propelled Pichai’s career in Google and got him noticed, as Google observed the significant increase in the number of user searches. Eventually, the successful response made Google believe that they should have their own Web browser.

Growth of Google Chrome

Pichai led innovation and product management of Google’s client software products including Chrome OS and Google Chrome. He is cited as the man responsible for taking Google’s Chrome browser and OS forward. He was anointed as the Vice President of product development in 2008 and put forth the Chrome browser. The time around 2008 was prominent for Pichai because people began noticing him more at Google presentations. And in some time, he became a known Google face. By the year 2012, he became the Senior Vice President of Chrome and apps.

Pichai Became Android Chief


Pichai was recognized as a renowned personality all across the world when he replaced Andy Rubin in the year 2013 to become the new Android chief. As a matter of fact, Pichai joined Google at the same time when Rubin introduced Android in Google by means of acquisition. Although Rubin had already developed Android to quite an extent for around ten years, still Larry Page wanted Pichai to take on the role of the chief to help push Android even more.

Ties with Android One and Samsung

Pichai is known to have kept seamless ties and partnerships with partners including Samsung and Android One. In addition, he even launched the initiative of Android One in India by getting together and forming a contingent with local manufacturers, such as Spice, Micromax, and Karbonn.

Potential CEO Candidate for Microsoft

Pichai was rumored to be one of the crucial candidates for being reckoned for the CEO position of the company, which of course later went to Satya Nadella – an Indian-American business executive.

Do You Know?

There are seven Indian CEOs at big US brands or companies at present.

  1. Indira Krishnamurthy Nooyi: The current Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo.
  2. Dinesh Paliwal: The current Chairman, President, and CEO of Harman International Industries.
  3. Francisco D’Souza: The current CEO of Cognizant.
  4. Shantanu Narayen: The current CEO of Adobe Systems.
  5. Ajaypal Singh Banga: The current CEO of MasterCard.
  6. Satya Nadella: The current CEO of Microsoft.
  7. Sundar Pichai: The Current CEO of Google.

Indian CEOs around the world


 – Image Credit: Flyingcalls

The popular site The Wall Street Journal has shared an article explaining Why America’s Top Technology Jobs Are Going to Indian Executives that clearly defines why the Indian Managers are succeeding the technology area.

End of 2014

Pichai became the Google Product Czar along with all product heads by the end of the year 2014. The only exception was YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki who would report to Pichai.

The Dynamic Rise of Pichai in Google

As per the various news reports and profiles, Pichai is known to be a tremendous team player and one who can effectively handle strict negotiations.

The Information points out that Pichai would wait for hours outside Marissa Mayer’s office when he used to report to her to ensure that his team’s performance scores were always top-notch. Marissa Mayer is now the CEO of Yahoo. Also, his good nature and the fact that he retained the best talent in his team have helped Pichai tremendously.

Evidently, Pichai became Larry Page’s right-hand man and even accompanied Page when he was trying to attain WhatsApp, as per the report on the Information. Another profile on BusinessWeek put forth that Pichai was the one leading the negotiations at the time when Google and Samsung’s relationship had gone on a merry-go-around when Samsung launched its own Magazine app with the Galaxy Note 3.


The accomplishments of Sundar Pichai are surely undeniable and commendable. And for India, his promotion to be the CEO of Google (IT giant) means so much. After Satya Nadella, Pichai has become the 2nd Indian man to head one of the most renowned technology organizations in the world.

About the author

Atish Ranjan

Atish Ranjan is an established and independent voice dedicated to providing you with unique, well-researched and original information from the field of technology, SEO, social media, and blogging. He has in-depth knowledge of computers and tech as he pursued computer science.


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    • I have heard about him so many times in the past, but haven’t gone through in much detail. But this news is really big and wanted to feature him in my blog’s “Notable Personalities”.

      Thanks for coming by Swadhin!

  • Hi Atish,

    Sundar Pichai worked very hard to get his new job as CEO of Google. He climbed the ladder at a great rate of speed and was a team player from the get go.

    He did a tremendous job with Google Chrome Browser and Chrome OS and it was Toolbar that got him noticed. He became the new Android Chief which was a great achievement..

    I did not know there were 7 Indian CEO’s at big US companies. That is amazing!

    Thank you Atish for sharing this information with us.

    You have an awesome weekend,


    • Hello Linda,

      Thank you for reading this article. Sundar has done great work at Google, and thats the reason he has been elected for the post of CEO.

      Yes, there are so many Indian who are ruling the Managerial position at big brands.

      Enjoy your weekend!

  • Hi Atish,

    You are always keeping me abreast with so many interesting things. You sure are keeping me in the loop of wonderful people. I remember reading your post about APJ Abdul Kalam. I got so inspired that I ordered his book you suggested and it came in the mail just yesterday!

    Now another interesting person – Sundar. What a brilliant man and one to surely follow. I notice more and more that India’s CEO’s are excelling more than ever. This bring in the trust factor. People are doing things…they are climbing the ladder and my hats off to them all. Especially Sundar.

    Thanks for another great introduction for me,


    • Hi Donna,

      You just made my day. I am so happy that you find my posts interesting. Yes, APJ Abdul Kalam was surely a great person. Sad that he is no more with us.

      Sundar has done a tremendous work at Google that made him grab the CEO position which is commendable. Thanks for coming by Donna.

      Have a great weekend.

  • Hi Atish

    Very inspirational, motivational and equally informative post.

    I earlier read quite a lot about him but the way you put forth the info is the one which I really want to know and that is called feeding the info hungry people with right recipe.

    Rest of the world may want to know how he got this position but my concern was how he got that monumental position despite being an Asian or rather South Asian or more specifically an Indian.

    At the time of departure of British rulers could anyone had a modicum of thought that the country which they are leaving would produce the people who would lead the top technology companies of their assets.

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a lovely post.

    • Hello Mi Muba,

      Glad that you liked the post.

      Yes, you are right! In the past, people from western countries had never thought that India or other Asian country can have a great impact on IT industry.

      Sundar has amazed everyone by becoming the CEO of Google that is one of best companies of the world.

      I am very happy for him.

  • Hi Atish,
    This is yet another breaking news!
    Yes good news on the Independence Day!!
    Indian CEOs are indeed making news in the International Business!
    May their tribes Increase!
    Thanks Atish for sharing this detailed story about this young gentleman!
    Keep sharing
    Have a great week ahead
    ~ Philip

  • Good to see the update about sundar pichai who has brought the proud to all Indians its not easy to rise among this competitor world he has deserve it

  • Hi
    I was not even aware that Google had got a new CEO. It is going to be interesting to see what he is going to do with Google in the future.

    • Hey Thomas,

      Happy to see you on my blog after years. Welcome back. Yes, Google has big changes recently.

      Have a nice week ahead. 🙂

  • I like your post on oon sundar pichai as he was announced as the next Chief Executive Officer of Google on 10 August 2015. He was also working on different porject as he was managing most of the google products when he was product manager. When he was announced ceo of google mostly he would be looking for 80% work of google and new tech invention in google.

  • sundar pichai was always inspiration to me. it was always inspiring reading to them and listening their speech. proud ti be Indian 🙂

  • Wow, that’s the word I said when I read the title of this post.
    Congratulations to India for having so many BIG CEOs! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the news, Atish.

  • This really goes to show that hard work and patience can propel you to the top of an organization. I am glad that true talent and hard work was recognized this time. It does not always work!

  • Hey Atish,

    I know about this event already, but thanks for reveal Sundar’s career and his family. I feel very great to be an Indian because of him.

  • Hi Atish Ranjan

    Sundar Pichai is a hard working man and deserves to be the CEO of google. And with his great success in google chrome OS got him noticed. I have heard that he is also Android Chief.

    I did not know there were 7 Indian CEO’s taking care of big US companies. That is amazing!

    Thank you Atish for sharing this information with us.

    Have a good day,

    Adam Barton

  • Sundar pichai’s growth is an ideal growth. To be successful, one must face the hardships and work on ground level and understand loopholes. This is what Google’s new CEO has done in his entire life.

    His ability to generate business from nothing is exceptional. Bringing Android one to India and opening gates for more mobile app developers was a masterstroke that only he is capable of doing.

    We wish him all the success and hope to see him take Google to new heights, though it is already on the top. But to sustain is a big challenge.

  • Hi dear,
    Glad to see your Success, Asian and especially Indians have a big talent but the resources and opportunities may be not enough but Mr. Pichai break the bank, I really appreciated.

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