India-born Sundar Pichai has been named CEO of Google as part of a corporate overhaul that saw the search giant forming a new parent company called Alphabet Inc.
Pichai, 43, the current company vice-president, has worked on some of the company's best-known products, from the Chrome browser to the Android mobile software.
He was born and brought up in Chennai where he went to Vanavani Matriculation Higher Secondary School. Thereafter, he graduated from IIT-Kharagpur, where he did a BE in metallurgical engineering. He went on to do a Masters from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Pichai joined Google in 2004 as its vice president of product management and led the team working on the Chrome browser. In October 2014, he was named head of products at Google where he became directly responsible for Google’s core products – Google Search, Android, Chrome, infrastructure, commerce, apps, and Google Apps or its enterprise solutions.
Since then, he is seen as something of a right-hand man to Google co-founder Larry Page.