Google has put Sundar Pichai, its key business leader, in charge of the company's products. The India-born executive Sundar pichai will oversee search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure. Six executives including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Sundar Pichai. This change will free the CEO Larry Page to better focus on the bigger picture. YouTube, Google's popular video site, will continue to report directly to Page.
Sundar Pichai, who has climbed rapidly up the ladder ever since joining Google in 2004, is viewed as a potential CEO. Besides overseeing the various products, Pichai will continue to lead Google's Android and Chrome software operating systems and the Apps business. The move puts Pichai, 42, in charge of Google's main services, including its core search and advertising units, which generate a bulk of its revenue.
Google, the world's No.1 Internet search engine, has experienced many high-level management changes this year. Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora departed unexpectedly in July to assume charge as Vice-Chairman of Japan's SoftBank Corp and was replaced by an old Google executive Omid Kordestani. Vic Gundotra, the head of Google's social networking services, also left in April this year.