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Alphabet chief Pichai labored in trenches but rose to defend search giant

Here are some key facts about Pichai:

  • Born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India on June 10, 1972
  • Worked at McKinsey & Co before Google
  • Was hired by Google as a product engineer in April 2004
  • Projects included using the URL bar to search as well as scaling up Google’s Chrome browser, which launched in 2008, as a way to attract more queries to Google
  • Pichai took over the Android business from that group’s founder, Andy Rubin, managing the market-leading smartphone operating system globally
  • He is also credited with the development of some of the company’s most successful cloud-based apps, such as Gmail
  • In 2014, then-Chief Executive Page put Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the internet company’s search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure. The move was done to give Page fewer direct reports and product units to oversee.
  • Pichai became CEO of Google in 2015 and all of Alphabet in 2019.
  • Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has a long list of other businesses. These include maps and Nest smart thermostats. Since Pichai became CEO, it acquired Fitbit in 2021 and the security company Mandiant in 2022.
  • In February, Pichai introduced the artificial intelligence service Bard.
  • Pichai’s total compensation was about $226 million in 2022, more than 800 times the median employee’s pay, the company said in a securities filing in April.
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