Sundar Pichai Gets Promoted to New Head of Google's Core Products


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Sundar Pichai has moved up in the ranks at Google again. Pichai is now the new lead for nearly all of Google's Core products. Basically, CEO Larry Page is transferring leadership to Pichai for the following products/teams: research, search, maps, Google+, commerce and ad products and infrastructure. Of course, he will still be the head of Android, Chrome and Google Apps as well. The only Google product he will not be heading up will be YouTube. Six executives in charge of newly added product areas will now report to Pichai instead of Larry Page.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki will continue reporting to Page. Here's a quote explaining why Page chose to make this move,

The move seems born of Page’s concern — which is not new — that Google will become less innovative as it ages. In a memo to staff, he noted that the changes will create less of a bottleneck and also help him focus his attention on existing and new products. That said, he’ll continue to directly manage business and operations, including access and energy (a new unit run by Craig Barratt), Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, finance and business (including ad sales).

Sources said Page has said in meetings with staff about the changes that he wants to focus on the “bigger picture” and is unable to do that with so many reports and a myriad of duties related to each product unit.

It's not surprising to see a bit of restructuring at Google as they continue to grow and expand into new products and services. For now it seems Pichai is expected to help smooth out these growing pains, and that this promotion is a reward for long-time loyalty to the company.

Source: ReCode


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Too many eggs in one basket. They sure put a lot of trust in this one person.

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wow that must be appreciated. congrats
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