India’s Got Talent: Sundar Pichai Heads Google

8/12/2015 3:38:50 PM
written By : Team India Se Print

In a surprise announcement, technology giant Google, has created a new publicly traded parent company called Alphabet Inc while its subsidiary Google will be helmed by India-born Sundar Pichai.

In an official statement, founder Larry Page, said that “I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he (Pichai) is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations.”

Pichai joins the growing number of Indians like Satya Nadella and Indra Nooyi who are heading multinational companies. According to research by St Gallen University in Switzerland, Indian executives are inclined toward participative management and building meaningful relationships with subordinates. "The leadership style traditionally employed in India fostered an emotional bond between superiors and subordinates," it said. "The feeling that the company genuinely cares for its employees provided a strong bond of loyalty that went beyond financial rewards."

Another study by Southern New Hampshire University, found the South Asian leaders more humble than their American counterparts. Also, Indians focus more on future-oriented and long term strategies.

Pichai’s rise from a junior employee to the top position of Google also reiterates the finding that Indian managers are perseverant.

Also, harking back to Indian history that has seen both colonisation and migration leading to impressive transnational networks, author Salman Rushdie accurately sums up: "The earth is full of Indians…We get everywhere." 

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