Sundar Pichai, India’s CEO of the world’s most popular search engine, Google, received a Padma Bhushan award on December 2, 2022. For those who didn’t know, Pichai joined Google in 2004 as the chief product officer of Google Toolbar. , a product that proved to be critical for the company. As a reminder, Pichai was named CEO of the company in 2015, seven years ago.
Sundar Pichai receives India’s third highest civilian honour
In an official blog post, the Google CEO writes, “I would like to thank Ambassador Sandhu and Consul General Prasad for hosting me to receive the Padma Bhushan.” In addition to this, Pichai says, “I am deeply grateful to the Government of India and the people of India for this tremendous honour. The Padma Bhushan is India’s third highest civilian honour, and Pichai received it for bringing about tremendous changes in commerce and industry.
In the blog post, Pichai tells how he grew up in a family that valued learning and knowledge. He also mentions that the rapid technological change in India surprises him and praises the Indian Prime Minister’s vision for digital India. Google recently announced that it would invest $10 billion in India’s digital future, “working to enable more affordable Internet access, create products for India’s unique needs, help businesses of all sizes in their digital transformation, and use AI to bring big societal changes.”
The rest of the blog post talks about the company’s contribution to helping people access knowledge and opportunities, adding new languages to Google Translate to reduce barriers between people, and Google Maps, which helps connect people. Sundar received the Padma Bhushan award in the presence of family members in San Francisco.