We have read here and there about Indians/Indian-born people running big corporations across the world. We have also read about Indian-born scientists making it big in the world of research and development.
Here is the list of 9 CEOs of big corporations who are Indians/Indian-born.
1. Sundar Pichai – CEO of Google.
The 43-year-old Sundar Pichai is the latest to join the elite club of Indian executives leading global technology companies. He was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and pursued education at IIT Kharagpur (B Tech), Stanford (MS) and Wharton (MBA); at Wharton, he was named a Siebel Scholar and Palmer Scholar. He is responsible for the launch of the dominant Chrome web browser and was previously the product head for Android, Chrome, Maps, and other popular Google products.
2. Satya Nadella – CEO of Microsoft
After a 22-year stint with Microsoft, Nadella was appointed as the chief executive officer of the company in February 2014. He previously held the position of executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. The Hyderabad-born 47-year-old has a BE from Manipal Institute of Technology, MS from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
3. Rajiv Suri – CEO of Nokia Solutions & Networks
Rajeev Suri joined Nokia in 1995 and held various positions before being appointed the president and CEO in April 2014. Suri’s ascendancy to Nokia CEO’s position came after Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile phone business. Previously, he was the head of the company’s India services division. Like Satya Nadella, the Bhopal-born Suri also holds a B Tech from Manipal Institute of Technology, but holds no post graduate degrees.
4. Shantanu Narayan – CEO of Adobe
Born in Hyderabad, Shantanu Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as the senior vice president of worldwide product research and became the CEO in 2005. He holds a Bachelor in Science from Osmania University, an MBA from the University of California, Berkley, and an MS from Bowling Green State University. Narayen was named to the board of US’s Management Advisory Board by president Barack Obama; he also serves on the board of Dell, as well as the advisory board of Haas School of Business.
5. Sanjay Jha – CEO of Global Foundries
Sanjay Jha took over as CEO of Global Foundries, a semiconductor foundry that produces chips for giants like AMD, Broadcom, Qualcomm, and STMicroelectronics, in January 2014; before that he had served as the CEO of Motorola Mobility and COO of Qualcomm. Jha was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar and holds a BS from the University of Liverpool and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.
6. Sanjay Mehrotra – CEO of SanDisk
Sanjay Mehrotra co-founded flash memory storage company SanDisk in 1988 and has been its CEO since January 2011. He pursued bachelors and masters degrees at University of California, Berkley, and also went to Stanford for an executive programme. Mehrotra holds several patents to his name.
7. Nikesh Arora – CEO of Softbank Internet & Media
Nikesh Arora is the CEO of Softbank Internet & Media Inc, a newly-formed subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant Softbank. He is also the president and COO of Softbank Corp. With an annual package of $135 million, Arora is the third-highest paid executive in the world.
Before joining Softbank, Arora was the chief business officer at Google. He holds a BTech from IT-BHU (now IIT-Varanasi), and an MBA from Northeastern University; he also holds a chief financial analyst (CFA) certificate.
8. Gorge Kurian – CEO of NetApp
George Kurian became the CEO of storage and data management company NetApp in June 2015, after serving as its executive vice president of product operations for nearly two years.
The 48-year-old was born in Kottayam district, Kerala, and went to pursue engineering at IIT-Madras, but left six months later to join Princeton; he also holds an MBA from Stanford.
9. Fransisco D’Souza – CEO of Cognizant
Among the youngest CEOs in the software services sector, Francisco D’Souza is a co-founder of Cognizant and took over the reins as CEO in 2007. D’Souza was born in Kenya, where his father was serving as a diplomat with the Indian Foreign Services (IFS). He holds a BBA from the University of East Asia, Macau and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; D’Souza also serves on the board of General Electric as an independent director.
The humble beginnings of these amazing people are a true inspiration.