Google said Sundar Pichai, the head of its Android and Chrome software operating systems, will be heading the company’s internet products.
As per the latest reshuffling, the India-born executive will be responsible for online search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure.
The strategy of Google is to ensure that Google chief executive officer Larry Page is looking after bigger things at the #1 Internet search company.
Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, Re/code reported on Friday. The change will free Page from having as many direct reports and product units to oversee so that he can better focus on the bigger picture.
YouTube, Google’s video website, will be unaffected by the new structure and will continue to report directly to Page.
The move puts Pichai, 42, in charge of many of Google’s main services, including its core search and advertising units, which generate the bulk of the company’s revenue.
Google has lost several key executives this year. Chief business officer Nikesh Arora departed in July to become vice chairman of Japan’s SoftBank and was replaced by longtime Google executive Omid Kordestani. Vic Gundotra, head of Google’s social networking services, left in April, Reuters reported.
Pichai, who may be the potential CEO material for Google, will continue to lead Google’s Android and Chrome software operating systems as well as Google’s Apps business.