Sundar Pichai becomes CEO of Alphabet and Google

Sundar Pichai becomes CEO of Alphabet and Google
Google and Alphabet co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are no longer executives at Alphabet or Google. Over 21 years after founding the world’s largest technology company, founders of Google Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and The Alphabet CEO and president have announced they are leaving their positions. Current Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take over as CEO of both Google and Google’s parent company, Alphabet.


In 2015, Google changed the structure of the company, making Alphabet the parent company. While Pichai was the CEO of Google, Page and Brin were the CEO and President of Alphabet.

Page and Brin explained:

With Alphabet now well-established, and Google and the Other Bets operating effectively as independent companies, it’s the natural time to simplify our management structure. We’ve never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company. And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President. Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet. He will be the executive responsible and accountable for leading Google, and managing Alphabet’s investment in our portfolio of Other Bets. We are deeply committed to Google and Alphabet for the long term and will remain actively involved as Board members, shareholders, and co-founders. In addition, we plan to continue talking with Sundar regularly, especially on topics we’re passionate about!

Page and Brin will remain active as co-founders, shareholders and board members of Alphabet.

Speaking about Pichai, the founders said, “Sundar brings humility and a deep passion for technology to our users, partners and our employees every day. He’s worked closely with us for 15 years, through the formation of Alphabet, as CEO of Google, and a member of the Alphabet Board of Directors. He shares our confidence in the value of the Alphabet structure, and the ability it provides us to tackle big challenges through technology. There is no one that we have relied on more since Alphabet was founded, and no better person to lead Google and Alphabet into the future.”

In an email sent to employees, Pichai has said that this transition will not affect the Alphabet structure or the day-to-day work.

He said:

I will continue to be very focused on Google and the deep work we’re doing to push the boundaries of computing and build a more helpful Google for everyone. At the same time, I’m excited about Alphabet and its long-term focus on tackling big challenges through technology.

The various Alphabet divisions, of which Google is one, are often described as “independent companies,” but the companies frequently collaborate together, share resources, or get spun off or merged with Google.