Sundar Pichai, Indian- born CEO is joining Google’s parent company Alphabet’s board of directors.
“Sundar has been doing a great job as Google’s CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation," Alphabet CEO Larry Page said in a statement. "I really enjoy working with him and I’m excited that he is joining the Alphabet board."
Sundar joined Google in 2004 and helped lead the development of key consumer products which are now used by over a billion people. In 2014 he 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, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Sundar became Google’s CEO in August 2015.
Pichai becomes the fifth insider to join the Alphabet board, which now has 13 members. The other insiders are co-founders Page and Sergey Brin; executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt; and Diane Greene, who heads Google's cloud computing unit and reports to Pichai.
An IIT Kharagpur alumni, Pichai joined Google in 2004, where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google's client software products. Under Pichai, Google has boosted sales from its core advertising and YouTube business, while also investing in machine learning, hardware and cloud computing.