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Google CEO Sundar Pichai joins Alphabet board of directors

A long-time Google employee, 45-year-old Pichai, an IIT Kharagpur alumnus born in Chennai, has been leading the company for the past two years.

tech Updated: Jul 25, 2017 22:30 IST
Press Trust of India, Washington
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, in May.(Reuters file)

Google’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai has been appointed to the board of directors of Alphabet, the search giant’s parent company has said.

“Sundar has been doing a great job as Google’s CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation. I really enjoy working with him and I am excited that he is joining the Alphabet board,” Larry Page, CEO of California-based US multinational conglomerate Alphabet, said in a statement on Monday.

A long-time Google employee, 45-year-old Pichai, an IIT Kharagpur alumnus born in Chennai, has been leading the company for the past two years.

Pichai, whose appointment became effective on July 19, joins four other Alphabet officers Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt and Diane Greene on the 13-member Board.

As Google’s chief executive officer, he is responsible for Google’s product development and technology strategy, as well as the company’s day-to-day-operations.

Pichai joined Google in 2004 and helped lead the development of key consumer products which are now used by over a billion people.

In 2014, he took over product, engineering, and research efforts for all of Google’s products and platforms.

After years of working closely with Google’s co-founders, Page and Brin, he became Google’s CEO in August 2015.

In October 2015, Alphabet became the parent holding company of Google.

Under Pichai, Google has boosted sales from its core advertising and YouTube business, while also investing in machine learning, hardware and cloud computing.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 19:00 IST