Indian Origin Google’s New CEO Sundar Pichai Things To Know About Him
Larry Page said this about Sundar Pichai, 43, the eleven-year Googler who will replace Page as Google’s CEO: “Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together. . . .Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company.”
Where did Pichai (pronounced peh-CHAI) come from and how did he make his way to head one of the highest-grossing businesses in the U.S.? Last year 89% of Google’s $66 billion in revenues came in through the division Pichai will lead.
Background: Sundar Pichai was born in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India in 1972 to Tamil parents Lakshmi & Regunatha Pichai. His father Regunatha Pichai was a senior electrical engineer for the British conglomerate General Electric Company (GEC) and managed a factory that made electrical components.
Education: Pichai earned his degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP) in Metallurgical Engineering. Sundar’s professors at IIT recommended he pursue a Ph.D. at Stanford University, but he decided to pursue MS and MBA degrees instead. He holds an MS from Stanford University in Material Sciences and Engineering and an MBA from The Wharton School, where he was named a “Siebel scholar and a Palmer Scholar.
Pichai worked in engineering and product management at Applied materials and in management consulting at McKinsey & Company.
He joined Google in 2004 as VP, product management , overseeing research & consumer products. Some of the exceptional qualities of Sundar Pichai , which helped him to reach the top position at Google:
Politics navigator: One of the important reason for Pichai’s rise, industry insiders say, has been his ability to navigate the politics of $365 b company. Pichai was skilled at staying out of politics and drama at Google.
Solution finder: He is one of the guys who knows the solution of the most problems. Instead of being someone who interjects throughout a meeting, he sits at the back, listens, and, once everyone has had their say, delivers an idea that works for everyone.
Great leader: He is known to promote good people as opposed to the one who are political and opportunistic. His reputation of being a fun manager to work under means people want to transfer to his teams helping him build strong set-ups.
Great Connector: Another’s of Pichai’s major skills is his connection with Page, who talks more concepts and big ideas. It is often left to Pichai to translate Page’s vision to specific goals.
Charismatic memory: Pichai has an unusual gift that seemed little more than a curiosity to him when he was a child, but has served him incredibly well in adulthood: he has an insane numerical recall and can remember every number he’s ever dialled. Also, he holds really deep knowledge about Google’s various products.
He’s also a strong communicator who makes sure everyone on his team understands the mission. Proof nice guys can win (Source – intelligentsia)