CEO – Google
Pichai Sundararajan or Sundar Pichai as he is popularly known is a Tamil Brahmin (caste). Born on 12 July 1972 in a quiet, middle-class Chennai family, he worked hard in school at studies and sports and excelled at both.
After securing a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a fiancee (he proposed and was accepted by his class mate Anjali) from IIT Kharagpur, Sundar left India for studying at Stanford University which had offered him a scholarship. He then worked in Applied Materials, completed an MBA from Wharton and was a McKinsey consultant for a while.
He joined Google in 2004 where he worked on the Google Toolbar and later Google Chrome and Android and distinguished himself as a brilliant tech executive. A year after Pichai was put in charge of Android, (the original founder of the technology had to make way for him), Google shipped 1 billion Android devices. He was also instrumental in the birth of Google Chrome, which displaced IE as the most popular browser.
His personal ambition is to work on big problems that solve big problems in users’ lives.
A rare combination of technical and business acumen and an easy-going and friendly personality has catapulted Sundar Pichai into the top spot at Google. We have no doubt that he will lead the tech giant as ably as his predecessors.
Sundar Pichai lives in San Francisco with his wife and 2 children, Kavya and Kiran.
Birth score – 4/5
Pride score – 4/5
Overall NB score – 8/10