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The Man behind Chrome takes Charge as Smartphone OS Chief
SI Team
Monday, April 1, 2013
The launch of Google Chrome back in 2008, spurred talks on its requirement in a world crowded with internet browsers. A few years down the lane, every web designer is creating pages suited for the browser from Google. The man behind its success is Sundar Pichai, SVP Chrome and Apps, and the rising star of Google. When Andy Rubin, the man who founded the android operating system decided to step down as the Chief of the popular smartphone OS, Google turned to the man from India – Sundar Pichai to carry on the responsibility and Pichai gladly obliged.

In the light of recent talks of a potential merger or marriage of Chrome OS and Android, Sundar's new role makes sense. Pichai's newly added responsibility also comes at a crucial time as Android and Google executives have begun to worry about Samsung's dominance over Google's OS. So, in the simplest of terms, Pichai's main job is to confront the issues gnawing at Android as well as to make sure that the company continues to grow and dominate the market in the future.

The early days of his career saw Sundar working for Applied Materials and McKinsey & Co. His move to Google in 2004 only increased Google’s domination in the market. The 45 year old was largely involved in product management and leading the innovation team for Google's Chrome and Chrome OS as the Vice President of Product Management of the company. Sundar's accolades do not stop at this point, he is also credited with the development of some of the company's most successful cloud-based apps, such as Calendar and Gmail, and has also steered Google Drive. Sundar Pichai has become a proud asset for Google, a testament to the same is Google’s move to pay tens of millions of dollars to stop him from moving to one of the most popular networking sites.

"Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use and he loves a big bet," says Larry Page, CEO, Google through his blog speaking about Pichai's accomplishments.

Pichai graduated from IIT, Kharagpur in 1993, topping not only his metallurgical batch but also winning the Institute Silver Medal for excellence in academics. He went on to do add an M.S degree from Stanford University and a MBA degree to his name from the Wharton School, where he was named a Siebel scholar which is an honor given to the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering. Pichai was also deemed as being a Palmer Scholar, an honor given to students graduating in the top five percent of the class.
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