Walk of Glory: Sundar Pichai to Take Charge of Alphabet
The CEO of the parent company of Google, Alphabet, Larry Page yesterday announced his plans of stepping down from his position in the firm. Instead, the person taking up the responsibility on his shoulders is Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai. Besides Page, co-founder Sergey Brin will also step down.
To announce the news, Page and Brin wrote a blog post stating, “With Alphabet now well-established, and Google and the Other Bets operating effectively as independent companies, it’s the natural time to simplify our management structure. We’ve never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company. And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President.”
Larry Page took over Alphabet in 2015, when Google reorganised to form a new parent firm to oversee its “Other Bets” outside of its main search and digital ads businesses. Prior to this, Page was the CEO of Google and Sundar Pichai had been handling Android and Chrome at the company.
The blog post affirms that Page and Brin will still be “actively involved” members of the board of Alphabet. They will have controlling voting shares of the company. Currently, Page and Brin have almost 5.8 percent and 5.6 percent of Alphabet shares respectively, with Sundar Pichai holding only 0.1 percent. Consequently, no major changes will be seen in the voting structure of the firm.
The shuffling is coming at a time when Google is facing mounting scrutiny as some regulators from the US and Europe are sceptical about the company’s size, its potential impact on society and the data privacy practices.
Ardent requests from employees have forced Google to back off from some projects. Recently, employees urged the firm to put off its plans to build a censored search engine for China, labelled Project Dragonfly.
Google is adding another feature to “Google Photos” that is related to mobile messaging. The new chat feature in the app enables easy photo-sharing between users. Explaining the feature in a Google blog post, the product manager of Google Photos, Janvi Shah said, “We’ve heard from some of you that (sharing photos) could be a simpler experience, so now when you share one-off photos and videos, you’ll have the option to add them to an ongoing, private conversation in the app.”
“This gives you one place to find the moments you’ve shared with your friends and family and keep the conversation going,” she added.
Moreover, a new tool has been introduced on Google Photos that will help users to upload photos and videos from Facebook. The tool was announced by the engineering blog of Facebook. It is a collaboration between Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft to create an easier way for data transfer between these services. Currently, the service is available only to Ireland users, but will be available worldwide by 2020.
Keeping in line with its idea to think for the environment first, Sundar Pichai, along with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and some more people have together co-signed and renewed their commitment to the Paris Agreement.
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