Don't Envy the New Alphabet CEO His Promotion

Sundar Pichai will have his work cut out for him—and will likely face power struggles too
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2019 3:48 PM CST
In this May 7, 2019 file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Newser) – With the announcement that Google's co-founders are stepping down as the CEO and president of the tech giant's parent company, Alphabet, current Google CEO Sundar Pichai got a big promotion: He'll now be the Alphabet CEO. That's great news for the 47-year-old, right? Well, maybe not. A few reactions:

  • At CNBC, Steve Kovach calls the Alphabet CEO gig "the worst job in Silicon Valley." He notes that Google is facing crises including employee protests (having to do with how the company handles sexual harassment claims and labor activity, controversial executive hires, and more), allegations of inappropriate executive-employee relationships, and antitrust investigations that will almost certainly result in action taken against the company. YouTube is facing controversies of its own, including allegations that it enables pedophiles and conspiracy theorists, and then there's the fact that none of Alphabet's non-Google products have taken off, which could put Pichai in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to shelve Larry Page and Sergey Brin's money-losing passion projects—while Page and Brin remain on the board. Read his full piece, which includes praise for Pichai, here, or read on for more reactions.

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