That Google’s parent company Alphabet has faith in the work of Google CEO Sundar Pichai could be deduced from his $200 million 2016 compensation.
But now Alphabet has handed Pichai another vote of confidence, along with a new position of power as an Alphabet board member.
“Sundar has been doing a great job as Google’s CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation,” Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page said in a statement July 24 as Alphabet prepared to report its second-quarter earnings.
“I really enjoy working with him and I’m excited that he is joining the Alphabet board.”
Pichai came to Google in 2004 after working as an engineer and product manager at Santa Clara semiconductor firm Applied Materials, then as a McKinsey & Company consultant.
Starting at Google on a team dedicated to development of the Search toolbar, Pichai proposed that Google build its own browser, which led to development of the hugely popular Chrome.