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Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
  • He was born as Pichai Sundararajan on July 12, 1972, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. His father, Regunatha Pichai, worked as an electrical engineer for the British conglomerate GEC and managed a factory that made electrical components.
  • His mother used to be a stenographer before having children. He has one brother.
  • Pichai completed schooling in Jawahar Vidyalaya, a Central Board of Secondary Education school in Ashok Nagar, Chennai and completed the Class XII from Vana Vani school in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
  • He earned his degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in metallurgical engineering. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University in material sciences and engineering, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Pichai worked in engineering and product management at Applied Materials and in management consulting at McKinsey & Company.
  • Pichai joined Google in 2004, where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS, as well as being largely responsible for Google Drive.
  • He went on to oversee the development of different applications such as Gmail and Google Maps.
  • The success of Google’s toolbar gave Pichai the idea that Google should develop its own browser. He discussed his idea with his seniors and faced an objection from then-CEO Eric Schmidt.
  • However, Pichai persevered and convinced the cofounders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to launch Google’s own browser. Pichai played a pivotal role in the ultimate launch of the browser, Google Chrome, in 2008.
  • Chrome proved to be a great success as it allowed the users to directly access Google’s search engine.
  • Pichai became an internationally known figure following the phenomenal success of the Chrome which eventually became the No. 1 browser in the world, surpassing competitors such as Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • On March 13, 2013, Pichai added Android to the list of Google products that he oversees. Android was formerly managed by Andy Rubin.
  • Pichai was selected to become the next CEO of Google on August 10, 2015 after previously being appointed Product Chief by CEO, Larry Page.
  • Pichai had been suggested as a contender for Microsoft’s CEO in 2014, a position that was eventually given to Satya Nadella.
  • Pichai is only the third and the first non-white CEO of Google after Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.
  • Anjali Picha is married to Sundar Pichai. After they got married, Anjali and her husband settled in the U.S and started a family. They are parents of 2 children; daughter, Kavya and son, Kiran.The family currently resides in Los Altos Hills, California.