Sundar Pichai Promotes Three Longtime Google Employees

October 9, 2015 - Written By Fernando Bonilla

Following Google’s recent transition into Alphabet, it was decided Sundar Pichai would take over the reins of the trimmed down search giant. Now, the newly promoted CEO may have a lot to prove. and he started to settle in by selecting to promote key personnel. Traditionally, Google has shown partiality to employees with strong ties to the company. Rather than seeking out the most insistent players, Google looks to established members with credible experience. Some of this strategy is seen in even Pichai’s ascendance. The 43-year-old is by no means a new addition to Google and his experience as a key manager helped make him the new chief executive officer of one of the wealthiest corporations in the world.

Now Pichai may be applying the same logic to his handful of promotions. One of the tech company’s VPs of sales and operation is now the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Operations. Phillip Schindler is another Googler who has been with the company for several years, having joined the company is 2005. His decade of experience as part of Google no doubt influenced part of Pichai’s decision. Schindler was also positively affected by Google’s restructuring as he along with two others replaced Omid Kordestani, the former head of sales who now works with Alphabet. Hiroshi Lockheimer was promoted to Senior Vice President for Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast. The engineer has been at Google for 9 years and has grown to be very close with Pichai. Their relationship strengthened when Pichai was the head of Android and Chrome.

Neal Mohan is a talent in the tech industry and was also promoted. Now as Senior Vice President of Display and Video Advertising, Mohan continues his reputation as a large player in the world of ads. Google acquired his company DoubleClick, an ad-focused business, and since then Mohan has been a part of the larger company’s ad department. The SVP has also taken more duties as he looks to the YouTube business under Google’s ownership. His aptitude for ads has been the cause of several attempts to steal him from under Google’s wing. Twitter and Dropbox both made offers for him, but he has largely remained at his position in Google. Google’s new holding company Alphabet has been pitched as the most efficient way to promote its smaller, more exciting businesses. Time will tell if Alphabet is able to organize Google and its other companies well, but for the time being it has already demonstrated its powerful disruption of the Google norm.