As soon as Google co-founder Larry Page announced the name of India-born Sundar Pichai as the new CEO of the tech giant, wishes started to pour in from around the world. Page also announced the formation of the new parent company Alphabet, of which he will be the CEO and Google co-founder Sergey Brin will be President.
Pichai, 43, is a long-time Google executive who most recently served as the company’s senior vice president of products, according to Reuters. Pichai, a well-liked executive who oversaw Google’s Android and Chrome units, is respected in Silicon Valley for attracting top engineers. Among the first to wish him were Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Born in India, he earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) in Metallurgical Engineering. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar. He did his schooling from Chennai at PSBB, Jawahar Vidyalaya, and VanaVani. He was the captain of his high school cricket team, and took the team to win the Tamil Nadu regional cricket tournament. All the best Sundar for your future endeavors.