Google CEO Larry Page has reportedly sent a memo to the company staff on Friday that Pichai will now be in charge of Google Search, Google Maps, Google+, research, commerce and ad products & infrastructure, besides Android, Chrome and Google Apps that he already heads. The six executives who are currently in charge of these product areas will now report to Pichai, instead of Page.
Page will however continue to manage Google X, the newly formed access and energy division, Nest, Calico and the company’s business and operations, corporate development, legal, finance and business (including ad sales). YouTube CEO and long-time Google employee Susan Wojcicki will also continue reporting to Page.
In the memo, Page has mentioned that this change will help him focus on existing & new products. Re/code also cites sources to say that Page now wants to focus on the “bigger picture” that he is currently not able to do so, due to numerous duties pertaining to each product unit.
Pichai had joined Google in 2004 as its vice president of product management, where he was managing the Chrome (browser and OS) division. In March 2012, Pichai got the additional responsibility of managing Google Apps after Google Apps VP Dave Girouard left to start his own company. Pichai was also appointed the head of the Android division in March last year after Andy Rubin stepped down to join Google X.
Prior to Google, he’s had stints at Applied Materials and the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.
Google exec changes: There has been quite a few management changes at Google this year. In July this year, Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora had quit the company to join Softbank as the CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media Inc (SIMI) and Vice President of SoftBank Corporation. Omid Kordestani later took over Arora’s role.
Earlier in the year, Google’s senior vice president for social and Google+ head Vic Gundotra had also left after an eight year stint with the company. Dave Besbris later took over Gundotra’s role as the new Google+ head.