ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Alphabet's India-born CEO needs to embrace 'Googliness'

Pichai also faces daunting political and technological challenges

Sundar Pichai must ensure that Google, with over 100,000 employees around the world, exercises proper corporate responsibility while also maintaining its uniqueness. (Nikkei Montage/ Source photos by AP and Reuters)

LAS VEGAS/MUMBAI -- India-born Sundar Pichai has been elevated to CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet, taking over from founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who announced their immediate retirement from a company that has grown so dominant in online advertising that it has begun to draw scrutiny from lawmakers around the world.

Page and Brin, both 46, will remain directors on the company's board and its two largest individual shareholders. The co-founders were graduate students at Stanford University when they started Google 21 years ago. Their search engine grew, pivoted into new businesses and went on to define the way internet users sort out the dazzling amounts of data that can be served to their smartphones, TVs and other gadgets.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more