All you need to know about Sundar Pichai, the man replacing Larry Page at Alphabet
End of an era
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.
The man at the helm
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.
The Google Journey
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.
The next 5 billion
He was also a key player in helping put together Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest in 2014.
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.