Google’s Sundar Pichai takes Alphabet’s helm as Larry Page and Sergey Brin step down

Sundar Pichai is ascending at Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc.: He becomes chief executive of the entire tech giant as co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page step down as president and CEO.

The change, announced Tuesday afternoon, took effect immediately.

“I’m excited about Alphabet and its long-term focus on tackling big challenges through technology,” Pichai said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Larry and Sergey in our new roles. Thanks to them, we have a timeless mission, enduring values and a culture of collaboration and exploration. It’s a strong foundation on which we will continue to build.”

Page and Brin, who founded the search giant in 1998, will continue to serve as “board members, shareholders and co-founders,” they wrote in a letter.