From IIT to CEO of Google and Alphabet: Revolutionary Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai joined Google in 2004 and since then has gone from strength to strength. He first made Chrome into the top browser, and this success led him to the post of CEO of Google. Now he is also CEO of Alphabet as Google founders step down.

Just when we thought Sundar Pichai has reached the highest point in life that anyone can ever dream of, he touches another milestone. Pichai has been named the new CEO of Alphabet Inc, Google’s parent company.

“There is no one that we have relied on more since Alphabet was founded,” the founders said about Pichai

Humble Upbringing

Born on July 12, 1972 in Madurai, Sundar Pichai hails from a middle-class Tamil family. His father Regunatha Pichai, worked as an electrical engineer for GEC and managed a factory that made electrical components. His mother used to be a stenographer before having Pichai and his younger brother. The Pichai home during Sundar’s young days was a two-room apartment. Like any Indian middle-class family in the 80s, even to buy a scooter Pichai’s father had to wait for three years.

An Excellent Student

He excelled in studies at his school Jawahar Vidyalaya in Chennai and earned a seat at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, where he did his B.Tech in metallurgical engineering.

The Google Journey Begins

Pichai joined Google as the President of product management in 2004. He was entrusted initially with Google Search toolbar which gave users of Internet Explorer and Firefox easy access to Google search. Then came the turning point in Pichai’s career and Google’s growth journey. Pichai came up with the idea of developing Google’s own browser.

The product changed the way the world works and took Pichai became an internationally popular figure. 

Having also played an important role in Google’s $3.2 Bn acquisition of Nest in 2014, in 2015 he was made the CEO of Google just when Alphabet was created.

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