Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai expressed excitement about building on their current excellent cooperation and supporting India’s G20 leadership to achieve an open internet that benefits everyone.
“Thank you for a great meeting today PM @narendramodi. Inspiring to see the rapid pace of technological change under your leadership. Look forward to continuing our strong partnership and supporting India’s G20 presidency to advance an open, connected internet that works for all, Pichai said in a tweet.
India formally took up Indonesia’s G20 Presidency on December 1 of this year.
The third-highest civilian honour in India, the Padma Bhushan, was officially presented to Sundar Pichai earlier this month in San Francisco by India’s ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
“Happy to present Google CEO Sundar Pichai with the Padma Bhushan in San Francisco. His motivational journey from Madurai to Mountain View strengthens economic and technological linkages between India and the United States and confirms the importance of Indian intellect to global innovation “In a tweet, Sandhu stated.
Pichai thanked Sandhu and the Consul General for welcoming him to accept the Padma Bhushan after getting it.
“For this incredible honour, the Indian government and people have my sincere gratitude. Being recognised in this way by the country that helped shape me is really meaningful,” he added.
Pichai joined Google in 2004 and was appointed CEO in 2015. He had received congratulations from PM Modi on being named CEO.