Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc.’s new CEO is up for some testing times ahead. Sundar Pichai who was recently designated as the new Alphabet CEO following the resignation of Page from the position of company’s chief executive will now be the head of eight more companies besides Google.
As investors cheered for Pichai, media reports have been rather skeptical as he definitely can’t expect the best of the times for himself. Many media reports have asserted that he has rather signed up for one of the toughest jobs ever in the tech industry. The company is currently facing several challenges including employee revolts and anti-trust investigations.
Insights into Sundar Pichai’s worries
Page had split Google into several other companies to explore new dimensions including smart cities and self-driving cars. However, none of these projects have yielded much profit that the company was hoping for. However, loss in the company’s other projects is just the tip of the iceberg.
Google employees have also been revolting over the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment issues. The hiring of controversial executives such as Miles Taylor, a former Staffer in the Department of Homeland Security who had defended the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban has further added more fuel to the fire.
Moreover, four of the 200 employees who had protested in San Francisco against the company’s various contentious decisions were fired. Although Google has denied the allegations that the employees were fired for organizing, the employees have filed charges against Google with the National Labor Relations Board.
Furthermore, media reports have also claimed that Google is investigating its own executives over inappropriate relationships they may have had with their subordinates. Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, who recently married an employee in Google’s legal department is also facing allegations from a former employee with whom he had an extramarital affair.
Page and Brin to remain active as Board Members
Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin had written in a blog post earlier this week that it’s the natural time to simplify the company’s management structure. Moreover, they had also noted that Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President.
But, the duo will continue to be active board members in the company and can assert their control on Alphabet through their voting shares. But, nonetheless, it would be interesting to see how Alphabet’s new Captain will sail it through these tough tides and rough weather while facing a long list of both internal and external challenges.