Indian media gloats over Sundar Pichai’s appointment as Google CEO

Pichai represents “talent, technological innovation, and managerial acumen.”

By Raghavendra M

Credit: Google I/O 2014 – Keynote

On August 10, Google surprised the world by announcing that it will be subsumed within a new parent company named Alphabet. More pleasant news for the Indians was the promotion of Sundar Pichai, an Indian American, as the CEO of a slimmed-down Google.

Now, Pichai has joined the league of high profile India based tech leaders who ascended to the highest positions in their companies. The others are Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Shantanu Narayen of Adobe.

The news gained a huge coverage worldwide, especially in India, where the publications and online media highlighted news by posting a series of articles on Google, Sundar Pichai and India-based top tech leaders.

The Hindu, a daily based out of Tamil Nadu, Pichai’s native state, wrote a piece about the rise and rise of Sundar Pichai, telling that “he combines a deep passion for engineering excellence with a rare managerial quality of attracting the best talent into the teams he works with”.

Meanwhile, The Times of India said, “a low-key style and an unusually firm handle on diplomacy” propelled him to the top post”.

Hindustan Times quoted an Indian IT industry executive saying, “[Pichai] symbolizes a new India, and represents talent, technological innovation, and managerial acumen”.

Apart from writing a detailed post on Pichai, Business Insider went on to sum up the difference between Google founder Larry Page and Pichai. It quoted Maarten Hooft, an ex-Googler, saying: “While Larry and Sergey [Brin] have these visions and can start these initiatives, I think it’s Sundar that’s the guy that can just get it done. He can assemble the team, he can appoint the right people, and he’s the one that makes it happen”.

Meanwhile, Indian PM, Narendra Modi, and tech leaders have congratulated Pichai on Twitter:

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