5 most important executives under Google CEO Sundar Pichai

An Indian-born American business executive, Sundar Pichai or PichaiSundararajan has won millions of hearts today with his indomitable leadership as the CEO of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google. Someone who started his career from scratch is ruling the world of SEO today. In 2022, Sundar Pichai has been honored with Padma Bhushan from the Government of India which is the third-highest civilian award for his arduous presidency in Google.

Let us have a quick look at some of the executives who work and report directly to Pichai.

Clay Bavor, vice president of Google Apps

He joined Google in 2005 on the ads team and is the chief supervisor of product management and user experience design. He tackles Google’s consumer and enterprise apps such as Docs, Gmail, Drive along with other important Google Apps for business and education. He has also contributed to designing Google Cardboard, the company’s simple virtual reality device, and is leading the project in all aspects. His achievements in the field of Virtual and Augmented Reality are outstanding. Since 2005, after joining Google he has been involved in several projects including the VR180 camera series that captures memories of life as you see it.


Don Harrison, vice president of Corporate Development

The sole person who first became responsible for Google’s acquisition strategy in January 2013. According to him, any acquisition target is fair game as long as the technology owned by the organization is improving and benefitting people’s loves so that it can be used daily and be scaled. Under his leadership, acquisitions are moving forward such as core Google Products including YouTube, Maps, Android, and commerce or ads business. Being the head of Google’s Global Partnerships, he oversees Google’s strategic partnership base worldwide and monetizes its assets to grow Google’s business with ad technology and publishing solutions.


Phillipp Schindler, vice president of Global Sales

Due to the stepping down of Officer OmidKordestani as Google’s chief business officer to an advisor position, the company decided not to appoint another CBO but a sales manager who can oversee the huge sales business and can also take up some of the charges taken before by Kordestani. Phillip has played his part well after joining the company and has already been running the operations team across all of Google’s advertising enterprise products. He had gained sufficient knowledge of marketing and sales from his prior job as Germany’s senior VP in charge of marketing and sales. Before being in charge of Google’s Global Sales & Operations in 2005, he ran the Google business in Northern and Central Europe.


Jen Fitzpatrick, vice president of engineering and product management for Geo and Local

One of Google’s earliest female employees, Jen joined the organization in its first-ever summer internship program in 1999 when much of people around the world haven’t heard the name ‘Google’. Struggling behind Google for 16 long years, she leads product management and engineering for Google Maps and the company’s local search product. ‘Global My Business’ which manages businesses through its online presence is being supervised under her leadership. Not only this but also she has contributed to her career in software development for Google such as Ad Words, Product Search, Google News, and the Google Search Appliance. She has also co-founded Google’s user experience team.


Amit Singhal, vice president of Search

Amit is an old-school Googler who joined Google way back in 2000 and since then has been honored with the title ‘Google Fellow’ for his tremendous work quality and performance on Google’s search algorithm. He is charged with the role of running the team that makes changes to the way Google search works. He is constantly engaged in remodeling and altering the setup of those websites associated with Google that can rank lower in results. He has been the head of Google’s Search team for 15 years. His reengineering of Google’s algorithms has made Google the heart of all-powerful search engines today. As a principal scientist at Google, he has worked on using IR techniques to improve web search and development.

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