“The past few days have been very difficult for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree — while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct,” Pichai wrote in a company-wide memo.
Pichai, who was appointed to CEO in 2015 and is largely beloved by employees, made $US199 million in 2016. His compensation was mostly in stock, not salary, according to Business Insider.
Here’s a look inside the daily routine of man at the helm of Google:
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While he's reading, Pichai usually eats an omelet for breakfast. The Chennai, India native also keeps up what he calls his 'very English' habit of drinking a cup of tea.
This morning routine helps Pichai kick-start his busy day. 'I'm not a morning person, so I need my time with my paper and tea to wake up and kind of get going,' he told Recode.
Pichai isn't a flashy leader. In fact, the CEO's meteoric rise at Google has been attributed to even temper, empathy, and thoughtfulness.
This has resulted in his massive popularity within the company. Pichai was rated one of the most popular CEOs on Glassdoor in 2017, receiving a 96% approval rating from respondents.
Pichai's leadership style is reflected in meetings. He reportedly has a habit of quietly listening to everyone on his team. Once everyone else is finished speaking, the CEO will often throw out 'an idea that could work for everyone,' according to Business Insider.
Pichai takes meetings on the go, when he can. 'It's not unusual for him to wander away in the middle of a meeting, only to return with the solution to whatever problem is being discussed,' reported Inc.
When he's not on the move, Pichai works in an office that's 'clean to the point of being spartan,' Dieter Bohn reported for the Verge.
At the end of the day, Pichai goes home to a 'shockingly modest' Los Altos Hills home, according to Buzzfeed. He lives there with his wife and two children.
Whatever the day might bring, Pichai stresses that it's important to keep things in perspective. Back in January, he told a group of Indian students to 'loosen up' and make time for fun. 'It's a long road, setbacks actually don't matter,' he said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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