Nadella also tweeted: "Congrats sundarpichai well deserved!" Besides strengthening Indian and American tech partnership, elevation of
Pichai and Nadella to top posts underscored the fact that India has become a storehouse of global talent in technology and management.
"Pichai, Nadella and scores of other Indians who went on to build IT products demonstrate the maturity of our IT industry, which has come of
age to catch up with global peers and move up the value chain to innovation from software services and back office operations," said Chandrashekhar.
Echoing the industry body's view, former Infosys director and Manipal Global Education T.V. Mohandas Pai said Pichai's rise to the top in
Google was a testimony to the great global talent India had and the globalisation of Indian economy.
"With a more open economy, Indians are working at senior levels across
global enterprises and are beginning to head global corporations, particularly in technology," Pai said.
Representing the $150-billion Indian IT industry, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) plans to invite
Pichai to India for building an ecosystem in the country to replicate its success in software services in products for serving domestic and global markets.
"It is a matter of pride to have many Indians like Pichai in top positions in the tech world, and it would be an honour to have their
expertise in speeding up product development, innovation and creating new devices for global market," Chandrashekhar added.
Lauding Pichai for becoming a chief executive of a global firm at a
young age, former Infosys director and angel investor V. Balakrishnan said it was wonderful to see many Indians occupy the top posts in global corporations.
"Google is one of the most innovative organisations in the world, and Pichai is one of the most respected persons in the technology industry.
His elevation to the chief executive post in Google validates once again the quality and depth of managerial talent India has," Balakrishnan said.
(With inputs from agencies).