Pichai Hopes to Meet Modi Soon


New York: After making it to the record books as the first Indian to be appointed as CEO of Google, India born Sundar Pichai has said that he hopes to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon as he thanked the Indian leader for his wishes on being named the chief of the re-organised technology giant.

"@narendramodi @google Thanks for the warm wishes and hope to have the opportunity to meet you soon," Mr Pichai, 43, replied to a tweet by PM Modi in which the premier had congratulated him on his new role.

"Congratulations @sundarpichai. My best wishes for the new role at @google," PM Modi had tweeted following the announcement that Mr Pichai will head a new and slimmer Google, which will come under a new parent company Alphabet.

It is noteworthy that Mr Pichai's appointment comes just over a month before PM Modi is scheduled to visit Silicon Valley in September and is expected to meet heads of various technology giants based there.

Silicon Valley's big names took to the micro-blogging site to congratulate Mr Pichai on his elevation in the company he had joined in 2004.

Mr Pichai thanked Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple Chief Tim Cook and others who congratulated him on his promotion.

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt wrote on Twitter, "Really excited about the vision and brilliance of Sundar.. he's going to be a great CEO."

Mr Pichai becomes only the third chief executive of the company after Schmidt and co-founder Larry Page.