Pichai Sundararajan (born June 10, 1972) is an Indian-American business executive, known as Sundar Pichai (/is known as Sundar Pichai). He is Alphabet Inc.’s chief executive officer ( CEO) and its affiliate Google LLC.
Born in Madurai, India, Pichai received his diploma in metallurgical engineering from the Kharagpur Indian Institute of Technology. He moved to the US and attained an M.S. He received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar, respectively, from Stanford University in materials science and engineering.
As a materials engineer, Sundar Pichai started his career. He joined Google in 2004, where, as well as being primarily responsible for Google Drive, he led the product management and engineering efforts for a suite of Google client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS.
Also, he continued to oversee the development of other apps, such as Google Maps and Gmail. Pichai also revealed Google’s open-sourcing of the new video codec VP8 in 2010, and launched the new video format, WebM. 2012 saw the introduction of the Chromebook. In 2013, Android was added by Pichai to the list of Google products he supervised.
On August 10, 2015, Pichai was chosen to become Google’s next CEO after previously being named CEO of the product, Larry Page. On 24 October 2015, following the completion of the establishment of Alphabet Inc., a new holding company for the Google family of companies, he moved into a new role.
Early life of Sundar Pichai
In Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, Sundar Pichai was born. His mother, Lakshmi, was a stenographer, and Regunatha Pichai’s father was an electrical engineer with the British conglomerate, GEC. His father also had a production plant that manufactured electrical components. Pichai grew up in Ashok Nagar, Chennai, in a two-room apartment and had a Hindu upbringing.
At Jawahar Vidyalaya, a Central Board of Secondary Education School in Ashok Nagar, Chennai, Pichai completed schooling and completed Class XII at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras from Vana Vani School. He obtained his degree in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur and is a distinguished alumnus of that university.
He’s keeping an M.S. From the University of Stanford in Materials Science and Engineering and from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named Siebel Scholar and Palmer Scholar.
Pichai worked in manufacturing and product management at Applied Materials, and at McKinsey & Company in management consulting. In 2004, Sundar Pichai joined Google, where he led the product management and engineering activities for a suite of client software products from Google, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS, and was primarily responsible for Google Drive.
He went on to supervise other apps such as Gmail and Google Maps. Pichai gave a Chrome OS demonstration on November 19, 2009; the Chromebook was launched in 2011 for trial and testing and released to the public in 2012. He announced the open-sourcing of Google’s latest VP8 video codec on May 20, 2010, and launched a new video format, WebM.
Sundar Pichai added Android to the list of Google products it oversaw on March 13, 2013. Android previously was owned by Andy Rubin. From April 2011 to July 30, 2013, he was Jive Software’s manager. On August 10, 2015, Pichai was chosen to become Google’s next CEO after previously being named CEO of the product, Larry Page. On 24 October 2015, following the completion of the establishment of Alphabet Inc., a new holding company for the Google family of companies, he moved into a new role.
In 2014, Sundar Pichai was suggested as a candidate for the CEO of Microsoft, a role that was eventually granted to Satya Nadella.
In August 2017, Sundar Pichai attracted attention for firing a Google employee who wrote a ten-page manifesto denouncing the diversity policies of the organization and claiming that “the distribution of men and women ‘s interests and skills differs in part because of biological factors and … these differences may explain why we do not see equal representation of women in technology and leadership.”
While acknowledging that the manifesto posed a range of concerns that are open to discussion, Sundar Pichai said in a memo to Google employees that “it is disrespectful and not OK to say a group of our peers have characteristics that make them less biologically suited to that job.”
Pichai was a speaker at the World Internet Conference in China in December 2017, where he claimed that “Google does a lot of work to support Chinese businesses. Many small and medium-sized companies in China take advantage of Google to bring their goods to many other countries outside China.”
Sundar Pichai took over as CEO of Alphabet Inc. in December 2019.
Google revealed on December 3, 2019, that company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had stepped aside completely and Sundar was promoted to the full Alphabet conglomerate’s CEO. As CEO, Sundar replaced Larry, and the role of Sergey as President was removed. Via dual-class shares the co-founders are now the controlling owners and super owners. They still stay on the board of the company, too.
U.S. Congress testimony
PiSundar Pichai hai appeared before the U.S. on December 11, 2018. House Judiciary Committee on a wide range of topics related to Google, such as the suspected possible political bias on Google sites, the suspected plans of the company in China for a ‘censored search app’, and its privacy practices. In response, Pichai said that search results should not be affected by Google employees.
He also claimed that users of Google may opt-out of having their data collected and that in China “there are no current plans for a censored search engine” Wired’s Issie Lapowsky described the presence of Pichai before the committee as a “major missed opportunity,” because, as she wrote, its members “staked out opposite sides of partisan war,” and provided “a foreboding reminder of the continuing technological ignorance of Congress” to the public.
An engineering genius known for its groundbreaking concepts, Sundar Pichai is best known for being the mastermind behind the Chrome browser launch in 2008. He played a key role in convincing his seniors at Google to introduce the browser, which became the internet’s most popular browser over time and also led to the Chrome operating system being introduced.
Sundar Pichai is married to Anjali Pichai, née Wiki, from Kota, Rajasthan, a chemical engineer. They met at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, as classmates. The pair have two kids. Pichai’s hobbies include cricket and football.