Google CEO Sundar Pichai appointed to Alphabet's board of directors

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After proving his mettle at the helm of Google, Sundar Pichai has been appointed to Alphabet Inc.'s board of directors as its 13th member.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google since 2015, is now also a board member of its parent company Alphabet Inc., according to a press release by the company.

“Sundar has been doing a great job as Google’s CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation. I really enjoy working with him and I’m excited that he is joining the Alphabet board,” said Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet, in a statement.

Pichai is the second Google executive on the now 13-member board along with Diane Greene, Google Senior Vice President and head of its cloud division. Other prominent members include Google Co-founder Sergey Brin and former CEO Eric Schmidt.

Pichai was made CEO of Google in August 2015 when the company reorganised its myriad divisions as separate companies under the parent corporation Alphabet Inc. In that role, he oversees several of Google's most profitable divisions including search, maps, Android, and YouTube, while also leading the company's latest 'AI-first' push.

Pichai has been a Google employee since 2004. He spent years working closely with co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin while in charge of the company's product, engineering, and research efforts.

Google is Alphabet's most profitable subdivision and is responsible for roughly 90 percent of the tech giant’s overall revenue. The Silicon Valley conglomerate today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

"With revenues of $26 billion, up 21 percent versus the second quarter of 2016 and 23 percent on a constant currency basis, we're delivering strong growth with great underlying momentum, while continuing to make focused investments in new revenue streams," said Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet, in a statement.