With Google creating its own parent company, Alphabet, there’s a bit of moving about in the Google boardroom.
Larry Page is now chief executive of Alphabet. Sergey Brin is its president.
And moving up to be in charge of Google is 43-year-old Sundar Pichai.
Great news for Pichai, and good news too for India – his appointment makes him the latest Indian to earn a massively high-profile job in the US technology industry. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella is the other notable example.
Pichai’s life story is remarkable, and his rise to the top of Google is a glowing endorsement of India’s standing in the global technology industry, and equally, a reassuring reminder of the so-called “American Dream”.
Pichai was born and schooled in Chennai, India. He captained his school’s cricket team, leading it to win regional competitions.
He studied Metallurgical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur). According to one of his tutors, quoted in the Times of India, Pichai was the “brightest of his batch”.
He has evidently used his talent to great effect at Google, a company he joined in 2004. Products under his watch include Google’s web browser, Chrome, as well as the Android mobile operating system.
Android is by far the world’s most popular mobile OS – a fact made perhaps more startling by the fact Pichai’s family did not possess a telephone until he was 12 years old.
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Daniel Kaufman, Pres. & CEO, Reagan Wireless Corp.