Sundar Pichai

Pichai Sundararajan (born July 12, 1972), also known as Sundar Pichai(/ˈsʊndɑːr pɪˈtʃaɪ/), is an Indian-American[5][6] business executive.[7] He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Google LLC.[8][9][10] Formerly the Product Chief of Google, Pichai's current role was announced on August 10, 2015, as part of the restructuring process that made Alphabet Inc. into Google's parent company,[11] and he assumed the position on October 2, 2015.[12]

Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai (cropped)
Pichai Sundararajan

July 12, 1972 (age 46)
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Stanford University
The Wharton School
SalaryUS$199.7million[1] (2016)
Net worthUS$1.3 billion (2018)
TitleCEO of Google
Board member of
Spouse(s)Anjali Pichai
Parent(s)Father:Regunatha Pichai Mother:Lakshmi Pichai

Early life and education

Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India in a Tamil family.[5][13] His mother Lakshmi was a stenographer and his father, Regunatha Pichai was an electrical engineer at GEC, the British conglomerate. His father also had a manufacturing plant that produced electrical components.[14][15] Pichai grew up in a two-room apartment in Ashok Nagar, Chennai.[14]

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.[16][17] He earned his degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in metallurgical engineering. He is currently a distinguished alumnus.[18] 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,[19] where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar, respectively.[20][21]


Sundar Pichai - SVP, Android, Chrome and Apps, Google
Pichai speaking at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain

Pichai worked in engineering and product management at Applied Materials and in management consulting at McKinsey & Company.[22] 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[23] 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.[24][25] On November 19, 2009, Pichai gave a demonstration of Chrome OS; the Chromebook was released for trial and testing in 2011, and released to the public in 2012.[26] On May 20, 2010, he announced the open-sourcing of the new video codec VP8 by Google and introduced the new video format, WebM.[27]

On March 13, 2013, Pichai added Android to the list of Google products that he oversees. Android was formerly managed by Andy Rubin.[28] He was a director of Jive Software from April 2011 to July 30, 2013.[29][30][31] Pichai was selected to become the next CEO of Google on August 10, 2015[11] after previously being appointed Product Chief by CEO, Larry Page. On October 24, 2015 he stepped into the new position at the completion of the formation of Alphabet Inc., the new holding company for the Google company family.[12][31][32]

Pichai had been suggested as a contender for Microsoft's CEO in 2014, a position that was eventually given to Satya Nadella.[33][34]

In August 2017, Pichai drew publicity for firing a Google employee who wrote a ten-page manifesto criticizing the company's diversity policies and arguing that "distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and ... these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership".[35][36][37][38] While noting that the manifesto raised a number of issues that are open to debate, Pichai said in a memo to Google employees that "to suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK".[39]

In December 2017, Pichai was a speaker at the World Internet Conference in China, where he stated that "a lot of work Google does is to help Chinese companies. There are many small and medium-sized businesses in China who take advantage of Google to get their products to many other countries outside of China."[40][41]

Personal life

Pichai is married to Anjali Pichai and has two children.[9] Pichai's interests include soccer and cricket. He is an avid fan of FC Barcelona and states that "he watches every game of the club".[42]


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External links

Alphabet Inc.

Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mountain View, California. It was created through a corporate restructuring of Google on October 2, 2015, and became the parent company of Google and several former Google subsidiaries. The two founders of Google assumed executive roles in the new company, with Larry Page serving as CEO and Sergey Brin as president.Alphabet's portfolio encompasses several industries, including technology, life sciences, investment capital, and research. Some of its subsidiaries include Google, Calico, Chronicle, GV, CapitalG, Verily, Waymo, X, Loon and Google Fiber. Some of the subsidiaries of Alphabet have altered their names since leaving Google and becoming part of the new parent company—Google Ventures becoming GV, Google Life Sciences becoming Verily and Google X becoming just X. Following the restructuring, Page became CEO of Alphabet and Sundar Pichai took his position as CEO of Google. Shares of Google's stock have been converted into Alphabet stock, which trade under Google's former ticker symbols of "GOOG" and "GOOGL". As of 2018, Alphabet is ranked No. 22 on the Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.The establishment of Alphabet was prompted by a desire to make the core Google Internet services business "cleaner and more accountable" while allowing greater autonomy to group companies that operate in businesses other than Internet services.

Anant computing

Anant Computing is a Mumbai based company which focuses on development of cross-platform vernacular applications for mobile phones. Anant Computing is founded by Phani Bhushan (best known to the public as a "batchmate" of Google core business CEO, Sundar Pichai at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur). and Gopal Pradhan, who conceptualized and developed a vernacular Cloud-based mobile Application Development platform, which works in all 22 Indian languages.


CapitalG (formerly Google Capital) is the late-stage growth venture capital fund financed by Alphabet Inc., and based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2013, it focuses on larger, growth stage technology companies, and invests for profit rather than strategically for Google. In addition to capital investment, CapitalG's approach includes giving portfolio companies access to Google's people, knowledge, and culture to support the companies' growth and offer them guidance. This includes connecting them with a roster of advisors, such as David Drummond (Alphabet's SVP and Chairman of CapitalG) and Sundar Pichai (Google's CEO).Since 2013, CapitalG has invested in 25 companies, in areas such as big data, financial technology, security, and e-learning.

Digital Unlocked

Digital Unlocked is an initiative by Google in collaboration with the Indian School of Business and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to promote digital awareness and to help small scale businesses and startups to go digital in India. It was announced and launched by Google's CEO Sundar Pichai during his visit to India in January 2017. Digital Unlocked is a training program for small and medium businesses in India. The programme is built across the different formats of online, offline and mobile. The Digital Unlocked's offline training is being conducted in partnership with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Indian School of Business.The training program allows the users to set their own goals and then recommends the courses which will help them achieve their own set goals. After completing the goals, or in-between, the users can also choose to complete and learn other courses which are of interest to them. The courses cover a wide range of topics from using the opportunities which the digital media and world have to offer to the advanced tools which can help businesses in many ways. The training program also offer a Certification to those who complete all the courses and qualify in the final assessment.

Dragonfly (search engine)

According to press reports, Dragonfly was an Internet search engine app being prototyped by Google that was designed to be compatible with China's state censorship provisions. . The public learned of Dragonfly's existence in August 2018, when The Intercept leaked an internal memo written by a Google employee about the project. Months later, Dragonfly had "effectively been shut down" after a clash with members of the privacy team within Google. is a division of Google dedicated solely to artificial intelligence. It was announced at Google I/O 2017 by CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google Dataset Search

Google Dataset Search is a search engine from Google that helps researchers locate online data that is freely available for use. The company launched the service on September 5, 2018, and stated that the product was targeted at scientists and data journalists.

Google Dataset Search complements Google Scholar, the company's search engine for academic studies and reports.

Google Finance

Google Finance is a website focusing on business news and financial information hosted by Google.

Google I/O

Google I/O (or simply I/O) is an annual developer conference held by Google in Mountain View, California.

I/O was inaugurated in 2008, and is organized by the executive team. "I/O" stands for input/output, as well as the slogan "Innovation in the Open". The event's format is similar to Google Developer Day.

Google Station

Google Station is a Google service that allows partners to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places by providing software and advice on hardware to turn fiber connections into Wi-Fi. It was only implemented in India and Indonesia but in March 2018, the service was launched in Mexico too, and the company plans on rolling it out in other countries as well.

Laszlo Bock

Laszlo Bock is an American businessman who is co-founder and CEO of Humu. He was formerly the Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, Inc. Prior to joining Google, Bock served in executive roles at General Electric, as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and in various roles at startups, nonprofits, and in acting. During his time at Google, the company has been named the Best Company to Work for over 30 times around the world and received over 100 awards as a top employer. In 2010, Bock was named "Human Resources Executive of the Year" by HR Resources Magazine. He resigned his position at Google in 2016, though stayed on as an adviser to CEO Sundar Pichai.On April 7, 2015, Bock published his first book, The New York Times bestseller and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Work Rules!, a practical guide to help people find meaning in work and improve the way they live and lead. He has been on several book tours around the world, often accompanied by his family.

He was born in 1972 in Romania.

Micromax Canvas A1

The Canvas A1 is a phone co-developed by Google as its Android One initiative and Micromax that runs the Android (operating system). The initiative was started by Google to provide an affordable yet feature-rich smartphone for developing nations, India being the first. The initiative is headed by Sundar Pichai.


OurMine was a hacker group based in Saudi Arabia who compromised system or network security. OurMine have hacked celebrity internet accounts, often causing cybervandalism, to advertise their commercial services; for this reason they are not considered to be a "white hat" group.

Outline of Google

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Google:

Google – American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products that include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

Phani Bhushan

Phani Bhushan is an entrepreneur specialized in Information Technology (IT). He has spearheaded many startups in the mobile applications and information technology domain. He is also known for mentoring students at various educational institutes. He is the founder for Anant Computing and Managing Director for ViaEdge.

He is best known to the public for being a "batchmate" of Google core business CEO, Sundar Pichai at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.


Pichai may refer to:

M. Mariam Pichai, the environment minister in Tamil Nadu

Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer at Google Inc.

Pichai Pituwong, Thai football coach

Pichai Sayotha, Thai amateur boxer

Spice Dream Uno

The Spice Dream Uno is a mobile phone co-developed by Google as a part of its Android One initiative. The initiative is headed by Sundar Pichai in an effort to provide affordable, yet feature-rich smartphones to developing nations. India is the first country to promote and sell the phone, which was first made available on September 10, 2014 through Flipkart for online customers. A few months later the smartphone was made available on Amazon, Saholic, Snapdeal and at some retail outlets in India such as Mobile Store and Spice Hotspot. The phone shares the same features as the Micromax Canvas A1.

TED Talks India Nayi Soch

TED Talks India Nayi Soch is an Indian talk show hosted by Shah Rukh Khan, that premiered on Star Plus. The slogan of the show is "Don't kill ideas".

Tamil Brahmin

Tamil Brahmins, are Tamil-speaking Brahmins primarily living in Tamil Nadu, although a few of them have settled in other states like, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. They can be broadly divided into three religious groups, Gurukkals who follow Saivism, Iyers who follow the Srauta and Smartha tradition and Iyengars who follow Sri Vaishnavism.


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