Sundar Pichai certainly needs no introduction to anyone familiar with the key decision-makers of the tech world as the business executive serves as the Chief Executive Officer of both Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc.
The exceptionally talented graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (BTech) and Stanford University (MS), first became the top man at Google – the world’s leading search engine and member of the Big Four technology companies in 2015. This appointment came more than a decade after he originally joined the outfit as a materials engineer. With the company having enjoyed admirable growth under his leadership within a four-year span, Pichai was named CEO of Alphabet in 2019 in order to ensure parallel growth across all boards of the tech company.
How Sundar Pichai Became The CEO Of Google
Sundar Pichai’s journey to becoming the CEO of Google began from his days in India. The Madurai, Tamil Nadu native whose birth name is Pichai Sundararajan, attended and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur where he studied Metallurgical Engineering. His drive and quest for more knowledge saw him move to the United States where he enrolled at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School where he respectively acquired an M.S. in Material Science and Engineering and an MBA.
After initially finding work at American companies such as Applied Materials, Inc. and McKinsey & Company, Pichai joined Google in 2004. His first role with the company was to lead the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s client software products. The future CEO of the company hit the ground running and won the admiration of Google’s executives with his brilliance and coordination, thus allowing his quick rise through the ranks of the company.
Sundar Pichai was so good at what he did at Google that he was subsequently appointed Product Chief by Larry Page, the then CEO, and co-founder of Google. Pichai kept impressing his bosses and gained the attention of other tech companies like Microsoft who had him in consideration to become its next CEO.
With his work having widely spoken for him, it was no surprise to later find out that Pichai was eventually selected to become the next CEO of Google in 2015.
He is the Son of an Electrical Engineer and Stenographer
It is evident that Sundar Pichai got his brains from his parents who were to some extent quite successful. His father, Regunatha Pichai, worked as an electrical engineer for the British industrial conglomerate, General Electric, and also owned a manufacturing plant that specialized in producing electrical components. His mother Lakshmi Pichai, on the other hand, is a very hard working woman who built a career as a stenographer.
The Love of His Life is also Smart, If Not Smarter Than He is
Sundar Pichai is currently a happily married man. The Google CEO is married to a woman called Anjali Pichai who happens to be a chemical engineer.
Sundar and Anjali met when they were both students of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. They were initially just friends but after several months of friendship, they began dating. A few months later, during their senior year at college, Sundar proposed to Anjali and the two went on to start a life together. While the exact date of their marriage remains quite vague, we know that the couple has been married for at least a few decades.
For the record, Anjali was born in Kota, Rajasthan and she studied chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, graduating in 1993. In 1999, she began working with Accenture, a global management consulting firm that provides strategy, digital and technological services. She worked at Accenture for three years as a Business Analyst before moving to take the position of Business Operation Manager at Intuit, a software company.
Anjali is considered a huge factor in Sundar’s success. Her encouragement and his hard work have proven to be a great mix as she advised him to keep working at Google even though he had reportedly gotten offers to become the CEO of tech companies like Twitter, Yahoo, and Microsoft.
Sundar Pichai and His Wife Have Kids
Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai have started a family and now have two children together. It is public knowledge that they have a daughter named Kavya Pichai and a son called Kiran Pichai. The family is said to reside in Los Altos, California with their dog Jeffree.