Why does Google have a new CEO?
Yesterday, the tech company announced a surprise reorganisation. Founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin announced the creation of a new parent company, Alphabet, which will sit above Google. Alphabet will oversee Google, investment vehicles Google Ventures and Google Capital, home devices company Nest, high speed internet brand Fiber, Calico, set up in 2013 to “cure death,” and Google X, which makes all the crazy stuff like self-driving cars. Former Google CEO Page will move, along with Brin, to the helm of Alphabet, and rising star executive Sundar Pichai will replace him.
What qualifies Pichai for the job?
Pichai has already spent around eight months in charge of all of Google’s products, Business Insider reports. “If there’s anybody that could take over as CEO one day, I would see Sundar as being a great choice for doing that,” Quest Venture Partners investor and ex-Googler Maarten Hooft told the publication last year. “There’s a lot of smart people [at Google], but in terms of the consumer products he’s worked on so far, I doubt they would be as successful without Sundar being there.”
So what’s he like?
When news of his appointment broke, the venture capitalist Om Malik tweeted that it was “proof nice guys can win.” The 42-year-old Pichai is reportedly considered to be just that; a genuinely likeable person, who came from humble roots—he grew up in India in a…