Sundar Pichai
Courtesy of Google
United States
2021

Google, Alphabet

Sundar
Pichai

CEO

By most measures, Pichai is enjoying tremendous success at Alphabet, where he oversees the world’s most popular search engine (Google), video-sharing platform (YouTube) and one of the top three cloud computing services (Google Cloud). The business is valued at $1.6 trillion, and it enjoyed substantial year-over-year increases in revenue and profits in 2021. But Pichai has faced internal criticism for being risk averse and slow to make decisions as he has grappled with ongoing antitrust efforts against the company, including a lawsuit filed by 36 U.S. states in July 2021 over its corporate control of the Android app store. He has touted Alphabet’s climate change goals (zero carbon-based energy usage by 2030) while simultaneously fighting envi­ronmentally minded efforts to stop the building of new data centers in Ireland.

Career

  • Google
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Applied Materials

Education

  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (India)
  • Stanford University (CA, USA)
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Google Founders Resign From Alphabet Leadership, Sundar Pichai Becomes CEO

Google Founders Resign From Alphabet Leadership, Sundar Pichai Becomes CEO

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is adding another responsibility to his job: Pichai will also be the CEO of parent holding company Alphabet going forward, taking the helm from co-founder and longtime CEO Larry Page.Additionally, co-founder Sergey Brin will be resigning from his post as the president of Alphabet. Brin and Page jointly announced the leadership change in a blog post Tuesday afternoon, writing:"Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President. Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO...

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