Pichai Sundararajan also known as Sundar Pichai, is an Indian American business executive.
Pichai is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Google Inc. Formerly the Product Chief of Google, Pichai’s current role was announced on 10 August 2015, as part of the restructuring process that made Alphabet Inc. into Google’s parent company, and he assumed the position on 2 October 2015.
In August 2017, Pichai drew publicity for firing a Google employee who wrote a ten-page manifesto criticizing the company’s diversity policies and arguing that “distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes”.
On 13 March 2013, Pichai added Android to the list of Google products that he oversees. Android was formerly managed by Andy Rubin. He was a director of Jive Software from April 2011 to 30 July 2013. Pichai was selected to become the next CEO of Google after previously being appointed Product Chief by CEO, Larry Page.
Google has committed to investing $1.5 Billion in its UK headquarters and plans to employ 3000 people by 2020. Being the CEO one of the largest companies in the world, Sundar Pichai holds influence in the interest groups and lobbyists working closely with the UK government as well as the European Commission.
As it has been observed in the case of Apple and Ireland, companies as big as Google are capable of shaping legislation.