Alphabet appoints Sundar Pichai to its board of directors

Alphabet Inc on Monday announced the appointment of Sundar Pichai to its board of directors. Pichai is the CEO of Google Inc. His appointment was effective 19 July 2017, the company stated in a release.

''Sundar has been doing a great job as Google's CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation. I really enjoy working with him and I'm excited that he is joining the Alphabet board,'' said Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet.

As Google's chief executive officer, Sundar Pichai is responsible for Google's product development and technology strategy, as well as the company's day-to-day-operations.

Sundar joined Google in 2004 and helped lead the development of key consumer products which are now used by over a billion people. In 2014 he took over product, engineering, and research efforts for all of Google's products and platforms. After years of working closely with Google's co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Sundar became Google's CEO in August 2015.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in September 1998. Since then, the company has grown to more than 70,000 employees worldwide, with a wide range of popular products and platforms like Search, Maps, Ads, Gmail, Android, Chrome, and YouTube.

In October 2015, Alphabet was created as the parent holding company of Google and its affiliated businesses.