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PM Narendra Modi, Satya Nadella, Larry Page congratulate Sundar Pichai on new role

With the elevation of Sundar Pichai as the CEO of Google, the technology executives poured in their best wishes for the 43-year-old. Here's what they had to say:

BT Online Bureau   New York     Last Updated: August 11, 2015  | 17:45 IST
India-born Sundar Pichai to be CEO of revamped Google
India-born Sundar Pichai to be CEO of revamped Google (Source: Reuters)

With the elevation of India-born Sundar Pichai as the CEO of newly organised Google, executives and leaders poured in their best wishes for 43-year-old Pichai, who was previously in-charge of product and engineering for Google's Internet businesses.

Here's a list of the top ones that caught our attention:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
"Congratulations @sundarpichai (Sundar Pichai). My best wishes for the new role at @google."

 

Google co-founder Larry Page:
In a blog post on Monday, Page lauded Pichai for his work at the company and said he is very fortunate to have someone as talented as Pichai to head the new Google. "This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google. A key part of this is Sundar Pichai... Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I've been tremendously enjoying our work together. He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our Internet businesses. Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. And it is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google," he wrote.

Page noted that he has been spending quite a bit of time with Pichai, helping him and the company and would continue to do that. "Google itself is also making all sorts of new products, and I know Sundar will always be focused on innovation - continuing to stretch boundaries. I know he deeply cares that we can continue to make big strides on our core mission to organize the world's information. Recent launches like Google Photos and Google Now using machine learning are amazing progress," he added.
 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella:
Nadella wrote on a micro-blogging site, "Congrats @sundarpichai well deserved.(sic)"

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt:
"Really excited about the vision and brilliance of Sundar... he's going to be a great CEO," Schmidt commented on Twitter.

Bret Taylor, co-creator of Google Maps, ex-CTO of Facebook and Co-Founder of Quip:
"Congrats to @sundarpichai on his well deserved promotion to CEO of @Google. One of the most capable technology leaders I have worked with".

What Time magazine had to say about Pichai:

The US magazine called Pichai Larry Page's right-hand man in a news report on the Google restructuring. It said Page has increasingly relied on Pichai since starting his second stint as Googles CEO in 2011. "Last year's restructuring had already made Pichai unofficial No. 2. Now, Page will have even more time to focus on Google's other big bets while Pichai manages the company's core competencies," the magazine said.

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Pichai joins a gradually growing list of Indian-origin technology and business executives working their way up to head multi-billion dollar worth American giants.

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There are many other Indians heading the businesses at relatively smaller companies abroad, specially in IT sector, but at least 12 large companies have got India-born chief executives. These include Microsoft (Satya Nadella), PepsiCo (Indra Nooyi), ArcelorMittal (Lakshmi Mittal), Diageo (Ivan Menezes),Reckitt Benckiser (Rakesh Kapoor), MasterCard (Ajay Banga),DBS Group Holdings (Piyush Gupta), SanDisk (Sanjay Mehrotra),Global Foundries (Sanjay Jha), Cognizant (Francisco Dsouza)and Adobe (Shantanu Narayen).

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