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All you need to know about Sundar Pichai, the man replacing Larry Page at Alphabet

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End of an era
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End of an era

Signalling the end of an era, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided to relinquish their positions in the parent company Alphabet, making Sundar Pichai the CEO of both Google and Alphabet.

Pichai will remain the CEO of Google and a member of Alphabet's Board of Directors.

Here are some little-known facts about the man at the helm.

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The man at the helm

In 2004, Pichai joined Google as its vice president of product management, where he led the team working on Google's Chrome browser and operating system.

Pichai interviewed at the Googleplex on April Fools' Day in 2004 — the same day the company launched Gmail. Everyone, Pichai included, initially thought that the free email service was one of Google's infamous pranks. He started working on Google's search toolbar.

Pichai quickly began to receive more responsibility, however, taking on involvement with various Google search products including Firefox, Google Toolbar, Desktop Search, Gadgets, and Google Gears and Gadgets.

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The Google Journey

In September 2008, Pichai oversaw the successful launch of the Chrome web browser, and less than a year later, the web-based Chrome operating system for netbooks and desktop computers.

Pichai added another Google division to his portfolio in 2012 after Google Apps head Dave Girouard departed to start his own company, Upstart. A year later, Pichai was put in charge of Android after Android co-founder and CEO Andy Rubin stepped down in March 2013.

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The next 5 billion

One of the major efforts he spearheaded was Android One, Google's push to make low-cost smartphones for "the next 5 billion" people coming online. Pichai took charge of Google's core products, including search, maps, research, Google+, Android, Chrome, infrastructure, commerce and ads, and Google Apps.

He was also a key player in helping put together Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest in 2014.

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Rival offers

Pichai's impressive track record at Google caused him to be approached by Twitter to potentially lead Product at the social network, but Pichai ultimately declined.

In addition to Twitter's interest, Pichai's name was also mentioned as a potential front-runner for the position of Microsoft CEO after Steve Ballmer announced his resignation in August 2013.

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