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Anupam Bera, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
On 11th August 2015, The Telegraph reported that “ Google has a new boss – and he is Chennai born, IIT Kharagpur-educated Sundar Pichai”. Pichai was announced as the next CEO of Google, the largest subsidiary of Alphabet on 10 August 2015, after previously being appointed Product Chief by current CEO Larry Page on 24 October 2014.
Some other Indians at the helm of big companies like Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo), Lakshmi Mittal (ArcelorMittal), Ivan Menezes (Diageo), Rakesh Kapoor (Reckitt Benckiser), Ajay Banga (Mastercard International), Rajeev Suri (Nokia), Piyush Gupta (DBS Group Holdings), Sanjay Mehrotra (SanDisk), Sanjay Jha (Global Foundries), Francisco Dsouza (Cognizant), Shantanu Narayen (Adobe), and now Sundar Pichai has joined an elite league of Indian origin persons holding top posts at global corporations with his crowning as the new CEO of Google.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted early on the day: “ Congratulations Sundar Pichai. My best wishes for the new role at Google”. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, was the first to congratulate Pichai. Nadella tweeted on Pichai’s elevation at the company, writing in the micro-blogging site “Congrats @sundarpichai well deserved.”
Pichai was born in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India in 1972 to Tamil parents Lakshmi & Regunatha Pichai. He completed his Class X at Jawahar Vidyalaya School located in Ashok Nagar, Chennai, and completed Class XII from Vana Vani School located in the IIT campus, Chennai. After studying metallurgy engineering at IIT Kharagpur, he moved to the US and attained a MS degree from Stanford as well as a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Pichai, 43, had joined Google in 2004, where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS, as well as being largely responsible for Google Drive. On 13 March 2013, he was promoted to also oversee Android, the operating system that runs 78 per cent of the smartphones around the world.
Pichai’s achievement has made all the aspiring Indians very proud. He has proved that with hard work and dedication one can achieve one’s dreams.