Sundar Pichai
United States
2019

Google, Alphabet

Sundar
Pichai

CEO

Pichai spent his first 11 years at Google developing signature products such as Chrome, Gmail and Google Maps. He ascended to the CEO position in 2015, when Google was made a division of newly created parent company Alphabet Inc., and has since championed the use of AI throughout the company’s products. In 2018, as backlash against big tech was growing, Pichai took a number of steps to respond. In December 2018, he testified for hours in Washington, D.C. as Congress grilled him on political bias and data collection. And in 2019, Google poured a $1 billion investment into affordable housing in the Bay Area, ended forced arbitration for employees and reportedly plans to shutter “Project Dragonfly,” the controversial effort by the company to re-enter China. He took over Larry Page’s role as CEO of Alphabet in December 2019.

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
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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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