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Google CEO Larry Page appointed Sundar Pichai as new Product Chief of Google

Oct 27, 2014 16:20 IST

Google CEO Larry Page on 26 October 2014 appointed Sundar Pichai as new Product Chief of Google.

The India-born executive will oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure. Meanwhile, Google’s YouTube will remain under the command of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of the well known video hosting website.

The new role make him second-in-command at Google. Pichai has been working at Google for more than 9 years.

Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai. Pichai will now report to Larry Page.

In addition to handling his new responsibility, Pichai will continue to work as Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Apps.

The appointment is a part of a big reshuffle move in the management structure. Under this reshuffle plan, Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora departed unexpectedly in July 2014 to become Vice Chairman of Japan's SoftBank Corp and was replaced by longtime Google executive Omid Kordestani. Vic Gundotra, the head of Google's social networking services, left in April 2014.

About Sundar Pichai

Pichai Sundararajan better known as Sundar Pichai, is an Indian businessman and a Senior Vice President at Google.

He was born in Chennai, Tamilnadu. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from IIT- Kharagpur. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.

He 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 20 May 2010, he announced the open-sourcing of the new video codec VP8 by Google, and introduced the new video format WebM.

On 13 March 2013, Pichai added Android to the Google products he oversees. Android was formerly managed by Andy Rubin.

In 2014, Sundar Pichai launched Android one project in India. Android one project was aimed at reaching the next 5 billion people.

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