Sundarajan Pichai, also known as Sundar Pichai, is the present CEO of Google. He assumed the position as CEO of Google on 10 August 2015. Before this promotion, he held the position of the Product Chief at Google. His strong entrepreneurial and diplomatic skills made him one of the most popular and influential people in the world today. Let’s take a closer look at the life of this modest tech genius.
Sundar is from a middle-class Indian family based in Tamil Nadu. His father, Regunatha Pichai was a Senior Electrical Engineer for the British conglomerate General Electric Company. His mother worked as a stenographer before she had children.
He did his schooling at Jawahar Vidyalaya School located in Chennai. This was followed by his degree from Metallurgical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Having completed his degree, he pursued his MS from Stanford University in Material Sciences and Engineering.
Once he was done with his MS, he planned to get a PhD in materials science and semiconductor physics and then become an academic. However, he changed his mind and started working as an Engineer and Product Manager at Applied Materials, a silicon valley semiconductor manufacturer.
He later quit this job to gain a degree in MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. This was the year 2002.
Life at Google
After his MBA, he joined McKinsey & Company as a Management Consultant. In 2004, he left the company to join Google. At Google, he was given the responsibility of product development and new idea generation. He played an important role in the development of Google Chrome, Google Drive, Chrome OS and various other products. He also played an important role in the development of applications like Google maps and Gmail. By 2012, he became the Senior VP of Chrome and Apps.
In March 2013, he replaced Andy Rubin to take the responsibility of Android. The year 2014 was known for Sundar Pichai’s nomination for Google’s new CEO. Finally, in 2015 he was appointed as the CEO of Google and he retains the position to date.
Sundar Pichai is married to his longtime girlfriend, Anjali Pichai. They have two beautiful children. The family lives in the US. Pichai’s interests include soccer and cricket.