While the number 13 is considered unlucky by some, it’s proving to be a lucky number for Sundar Pichai at least, because Alphabet has announced that Google‘s CEO is set to become its thirteenth board member. Pichai will become the second Google executive on Alphabet’s board with Diane Green, the head of Google’s cloud division, being the first.
Google is responsible for the vast majority of Alphabets revenue, around 90% in fact, and represents another vote of confidence in Sundar Pichai who took over as Google CEO back in 2015 after Alphabet emerged as the company in charge of Google and other subsidiaries. It’s unclear exactly what joining Alphabets board will mean for Pichai’s income, but you might expect that an increase on the $200 million package that he received in 2016.
“Sundar has been doing a great job as Google’s CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation,” Alphabet CEO Larry Page said in a statement. “I really enjoy working with him and I’m excited that he is joining the Alphabet board.”
The move on to Alphabets board marks yet another step in the rise of Sundar Pichai, who first joined Google in 2004 as its vice president of product management when he was in charge of both the Chrome browser and Chrome OS. In 2012 he was put in charge of Google Apps, and then in 2013, he became the head of Android after Android co-founder Andy Rubin left.
It’s clear that Alphabet recognizes Sundar Pichai’s talent, and one can only speculate just how far he can go. One thing is for sure, Google and Android itself would appear to be in safe hands for at least the foreseeable future.