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Another India-born exec in race for top job at Microsoft

Pichai is senior VP for Android, Chrome and Apps at technology major Google.

New York | Published: February 3, 2014 2:43:56 am

Executive Satya Nadella appears most likely to be named Microsoft’s new CEO but the name of another India-born technology executive is doing the rounds as a candidate for the top job, a report said today.

Sundar Pichai, the 42-year-old head executive for Google Chrome and Apps, is the “top choice” for the position of Microsoft CEO and negotiations with him are on in full swing, reported SiliconANGLE, a media website that focusses on the technology industry.

“Microsoft could really move the ball down the field with Sundar Pichai in creating a new open operating system model for cloud, mobile and social,” Dave Vellante, chief analyst at Wikibon, was quoted as saying in the report.

“The market has been looking for a CEO who can balance the role of leading the enterprise transformation while keeping that consumer momentum with xBox and reboot mobile. Pichai is the total package of technology leadership and business acumen.”

SiliconANGLE quoted sources close to the hiring team as saying that Pichai is the leading external candidate and is in discussions with the hiring committee. Pichai is senior VP for Android, Chrome and Apps at technology major Google. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from IIT-Kharagpur, holds an Master’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

SiliconANGLE reported he had been a “force driving Android integration” across Google and was rumoured to be in the running for leading jobs at Twitter. Google paid Pichai $50 million to stay with the firm, the report said.

Microsoft is expected to announce its new CEO, only the third in the company’s 38-year history after co-founder Bill Gates and current chief Steve Ballmer, this week. The emergence of Pichai’s name appears unprecedented and reflects the growing number of India-born executives climbing corporate ladders globally.

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