SAN FRANCISCO— Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Who has run the company for about years, will also assume the position CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet as Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step down, according to news reports.
“The co-founders of Google are stepping down as executives of its parent company, Alphabet, ending a remarkable two decades during which Larry Page and Sergey Brin shaped a startup born in a Silicon Valley garage into one of the largest, most powerful — and, increasingly, most feared — companies in the world,” reported Associated Press.
Pichai, who has been leading Google as CEO for more than four years, will take on additional duties as Alphabet’s CEO, the position held by Page. The company isn’t filling Brin’s position as president. According to AP.
Page and Brin met as Stanford University graduate students in 1995 and started the company soon after.
What started as a way to catalog the growing internet has now become one of the most powerful companies in the world. Google dominates online search and digital advertising and makes the world’s most widely used operating system for smartphones, Android. It’s hard to make it through a whole day without using one of Google’s services — ranging from online tools to email, cloud computing systems, phones and smart speaker hardware, according to AP.
India-born and educated, Pichai was appointed to the board of directors of Alphabet in 2017.
As Google’s CEO, Pichai has been responsible for Google’s product development and technology strategy, as well as the company’s day-to-day operations.
He joined Google in 2004 and helped lead the development of key consumer products which are now used by over a billion people.
In 2014, Pichai 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 Sergey Brin, Pichai became Google’s CEO in August 2015.