What Google Will Look Like Under New CEO Sundar Pichai

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-08-11 Print this article Print
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Another analyst, Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told eWEEK that while Pichai has been with the company for a long time and knows it well, it will take some time to see if he can fill the very different role he now has as CEO of Google.

"Pichai is a product person with a combined background of technology and business," wrote Moorhead. "This combination typically makes the best product leaders, but doesn't always translate to a great CEO."

The new post "is a huge job for Pichai, bigger not only in title but in terms of responsibilities," he explained. "We won't know if Pichai is the right person for the job for 12 to 18 months. The CEO job isn't just about cranking out good products, but also managing Wall Street, the community, multiple product lines and being the figurehead for all employees."

Pichai, 43, received a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a master's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar. Before joining Google, he worked for Applied Materials and McKinsey & Company.

Under its new reorganization, Google created its Alphabet holding company so it can reorganize its 40,000 employees and separate its core businesses from its venture and innovation side, according to an earlier eWEEK report. Google becomes a separate subsidiary that controls the search and advertising businesses, Android mobile operating system development, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Ads, and the Google Play sales franchise. Alphabet will encompass new-gen businesses and ventures such as Nest, Google Capital, Calico, the Google X Works, and Google Fiber. Google's self-driving vehicles initiative, while not mentioned Aug. 10, also will be included here.

Google's other co-founder and executive-in-charge-of-cool-stuff Sergey Brin will be the president of Alphabet. Eric Schmidt remains Chairman of the Board.


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