Google CEO Sundar Pichai Takes over as CEO of Alphabet

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai

The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have both revealed that Sundar Pichai will succeed Page as the current CEO of parent company Alphabet.

Also, Sergey Brin will be retiring from his role as Alphabet’s  president.

Google became better known as a subsidiary of Alphabet in 2015, with the launch of the parent company, Alphabet - “a collection of companies”. 

This move at restructuring positioned Google as a mere fragment of Alphabet and differentiated it from other businesses, not part of its core business venture like; Verily (life sciences), Waymo (self-driving cars), Calico (biotech R&D), Loon (rural internet access via balloon) and Sidewalk Labs (urban innovation).

Back then, Google co-founder Larry Page moved on from being Google CEO to Alphabet CEO, while Pichai took over the reins from him to become CEO of Google -the internet search company.

That aside, Page and Brin clearly highlighted today that 
“Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President. Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet.”

These actions taken will stamp Pichai as Google’s innovative leader, and at the same time, perceivably obscure Page and Brin away from the public eye. 

“I’m excited about Alphabet and its long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology,” Pichai said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Larry and Sergey in our new roles. Thanks to them, we have a timeless mission, enduring values, and a culture of collaboration and exploration. It’s a strong foundation on which we will continue to build.”

Larry Page and Sergey Brin
 Google Founders: Larry Page (left) and Sergey Brin (right)

 Larry Page and Sergey Brin had these words to say of Pichai:

Sundar brings humility and a deep passion for technology to our users, partners and our employees every day. He’s worked closely with us for 15 years, through the formation of Alphabet, as CEO of Google, and a member of the Alphabet Board of Directors. He shares our confidence in the value of the Alphabet structure, and the ability it provides us to tackle big challenges through technology. There is no one that we have relied on more since Alphabet was founded, and no better person to lead Google and Alphabet into the future.

You could, instead of picturing this whole event as some life-cycle of leadership, rather observe it as one of specialized role allocations, due to the fact that Page and Brin hint they had “never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company”. 

Final thoughts of the duo say they remain “deeply committed to Google and Alphabet for the long term, and will remain actively involved as Board members, shareholders and co-founders.”

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