Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page wants his 16-year old company to stay innovative, continue its market-leading excellence, and be able to recognize the big future bets. To ensure that happens, he has put Sundar Pichai in charge of Google’s core products. Here’s the internal memo Page sent to Google employees announcing the reorganization, which was first published by the Wall Street Journal.
“As you age, even when you’re still a teenager like Google, you have to work hard to stay innovative. Innovation is messy, a disruptive process, and people tend to be more comfortable doing what they’ve always done with a few minor tweaks,” Page wrote. “I’m making … changes today to ensure we continue to strive for market-leading excellence and beyond in our existing already hugely successful products while also getting the next generation of big bets off the ground,” he added.
“The technology horizon is so broad and complex today and Sundar has a tremendous ability to see what’s ahead and mobilize teams around the super important stuff. We very much see eye-to-eye when it comes to product, which makes him the perfect fit for this role,” Page announced.
This makes India-born Sundar Pichai the second most important person at Google. He will now be the head of search, maps, Google+, commerce, and ads, in addition to research and infrastructure teams. Pichai will continue to lead the Android, Chrome, and Google Apps as before.
Over the years, Google has forayed into several new areas and developed several new product lineups. That, as one would expect, made more people to report to Page. He wants that changed, so that the employees can make “faster, better decisions” and he would have more time to focus on the bigger picture. The CEO will now work with Pichai on key products, business issues with Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani, and oversee Google’s “newer investments in access and energy.” Essentially, Pichai will run product-centric meetings, while Page takes care of business-centric meeting.
“I will run a more business-centric meeting with our functional leaders and Sundar, drilling into sales, partnerships and deals as well as any important legal, finance, HR, government relations or PR issues.”
The re-organization doesn’t affect the roles of co-founder Sergey Brin, CFO Patrick Pichette and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond.