Grammarly names Indian-origin Rahul Roy-Chowdhury as new CEO

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Grammarly, the San Francisco headquartered company that provides artificial intelligence-based assistance in writing English including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and plagiarism reviews has announced Indian origin Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, its current global head of product, as the new CEO from May 1.  

In an internal email to team members on Monday, the current CEO of Grammarly, Brad Hoover, shared: “We’re now at an inflection point for our product and business. Seizing this moment and reaching the next orders of magnitude requires us to move faster and at a much larger scale. A new era of leadership can help drive this inflection. As such, after twelve years at the helm of Grammarly, I am passing the baton to our current global head of product, Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, who will become CEO on May 1.” 

He added that as the company approached its fourteenth birthday, it was the ideal time for the transition. “Grammarly is a deeply technical, product-led company; Rahul’s product and technology background is a tremendous asset, and he is well-positioned to help us navigate the path ahead,” Hoover said in the email. He described Roy-Chowdhury as mission-driven and fiercely user-focused, with his experience and learnings from building Chrome into a platform that would help Grammarly move faster at scale. “During his two years at Grammarly, Rahul has focused on driving excellence and helped us up-level as a company. He has pushed our thinking and driven the organization forward with clarity, keen judgment, and sound decision-making. Under Rahul’s leadership, we also took a big step forward with our product, increasing quality and introducing solutions to help beyond the revision stage of communication.” 

“I joined Grammarly two years ago because of a deep belief in our mission to improve lives by improving communication. I’m honored to serve that mission in a new capacity as Grammarly’s CEO, starting May 1. Our millions of users remain our north star as we continue solving their real communication challenges. Grammarly has been harnessing innovation in AI responsibly for over a decade, and we’re just getting started,” Roy-Chowdhury said in a statement after the announcement. 

Before joining Grammarly, Roy-Chowdhury was vice president product management at Google; where he had worked for 14 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He has an MBA degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business; an MS in computer science from Columbia University and BA in Mathematics from Hamilton College.