Google CEO Larry Page sent a memo to Google staffers yesterday, reorganizing the upper echelons of management, and stepping back somewhat from his daily duties. In the memo, Page transfers a number of divisions that previously reported directly to him over to Android chief Sundar Pichai. Pichai is currently responsible for Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. Now under his purview are research, maps, Google+, search, ad products, and company infrastructure. Page will continue to run access, energy, Nest, Calico, Google X, legal, finance, and corporate development.
Google hired Pichai in 2004, and he was the primary driver behind Chrome and Google Drive. He had oversight at one point of Gmail, and Google Maps, reporting Page. He was rumored to be one of the front runners for the Microsoft CEO position, before the ultimate appointment of Satya Nadella.