Till recently Google's chief business officer, and also its highest paid executive — is moving on, but an influential tech troika of Indian engineers will continue to shape the future of the $60 billion global search giant.
Amit Singhal, Sundar Pichai and Sridhar Ramaswamy are responsible for the nuts and bolts that power Google. The trio reports directly to Google co-founder & CEO Larry Page. They are part of what is popularly called the L-Team at Google — 'Larry's team', not leadership team. They drive innovation, are responsible for new products and most of Google's 40,000 employees report to them.
All three are senior vice-presidents, as was Arora. They are among the top eight executives at Google.
Ramaswamy, who is responsible for all the engineering behind Google's ad products, has the largest team of engineers under him. Advertising is basically how Google makes all its money.
Singhal, who runs search, is also a 'Google Fellow', a much revered designation within Google given only to its top scientists. He is building intelligence into the search algorithm to ensure that results are as accurate as possible.
Pichai runs the current hot businesses: Chrome, Android and Apps and is responsible for their development and building global partnerships to market them.