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Indian-origin techies heading global giants

Published: 30th Nov 2021 6:36 pm

Hyderabad: It was somewhere in the late 2000s that there was a sudden surge witnessed in the elevation of Indian-origin executives to head global multinationals and mostly tech giants.

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While Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella and Shantanu Narayen were made the CEO of Microsoft and Adobe respectively, many other India-born and Indian-origin executives rose the ranks to head global technology companies like Alphabet, IBM, Micron Technology, VMWare and NetApp among others.

The newly-appointed Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has joined the coveted list of these Indian-origin CEOs.

Twitter’s outgoing CEO Jack Dorsey has defined Agrawal as ‘curious, probing, rational, creative, demanding, self-aware, and humble’. And Dorsey also opined that he has ‘bone-deep trust’ in Agrawal to lead the organisation. Agrawal is an IIT-Mumbai and Stanford University alumnus and the 37-year-old has been associated with the social media giant for the last 10 years.

Agrawal expressed gratitude on being appointed the new CEO of Twitter and said, “The world is watching us right now, even more than they have before. Lots of people are going to have lots of different views about today’s news. It is because they care about Twitter and our future, and it’s a signal that the work we do matter. Let’s show the world Twitter’s full potential.” The new CEO has worked at Microsoft, Yahoo and AT&T and at Twitter he has worked on ad-related products.

The newly-appointed CEO has put him on the list of other India-born or Indian-origin executives who have gone onto become the heads of their respective organisations. Here are some prominent names:

Satya Nadella

Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as the CEO in 2014 and he was the third CEO of the tech giant and the only Indian-origin executive to get to the top level. Born, brought up and schooled in Hyderabad Public School in Hyderabad, Nadella went on to complete his bachelors in engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka.
He then completed his MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and later did his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. As per reports, Nadella’s net worth is pegged at $320 million.

Shantanu Narayen

Another Hyderabad-born and schooled CEO is Shantanu Narayen who heads tech giant – Adobe. He joined the company in 1998 and became its CEO in 2007. He completed his schooling from Hyderabad Public School and then went on to complete his bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from University College of Engineering, OU in Hyderabad.

He then moved to the USA to complete his masters in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and then received his MBA from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley in 1993. Narayen’s net worth is at least $314 million as of 2021.

Sundar Pichai

In August 2015, Alphabet announced Sundar Pichai becoming the CEO of the newly organised Google, becoming only the third chief executive of the company after former CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founder Larry Page. And later in December 2019, Pichai became the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

Pichai was born in Chennai and then earned his bachelors in engineering from IIT Kharagpur in metallurgical engineering. He then went to the US to get an MS from Stanford Univesity in material science and engineering and did a MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania. His net worth is $600 million.

Arvind Krishna

Another Telugu-origin techie who went to attain the top spot is Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM, who was born in Andhra Pradesh. He completed his schooling in Tamil Nadu and then went on to get a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from IIT-Kanpur. He then moved to the US to earn a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991.

He has been associated with IBM since 1990 and was appointed as the multi-national’s CEO in January 2020 and succeeded Ginni Rometty. His net worth is estimated to be at least $13.3 million as of 2021.

Indian-origin CEOs heading global giants

CEOOrganisation Year of appointment
Shantanu Narayen Adobe 2007
Jayashree Ullal Arista Networks 2008
Satya Nadella Microsoft 2014
Sundar Pichai Alphabet 2015
George Kurien NetApp 2015
Sanjay Mehrotra Micron Technology 2017
Anjali Sud Vimeo 2017
Nikesh Arora Palo Alto Networks 2018
Revathi Advaithi Flex 2019
Arvind Krishna IBM 2020
Rangarajan Raghuram VMWare 2021
Parag Agrawal Twitter 2021

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