Indians are creating waves of ripples in the corporate world. All the top firms in the world, be it in any industry like healthcare, finance, technology, and FMCG, you will find Indians at the top. Indians have proved time and again, their credibility, trustworthiness, and loyalty to their organizations. Another significant advantage of Indian managers, which have over other nationalities like Chinese, Japanese, is that they have excellent command over English. Since India was a British colony, English is taught to schoolchildren since the beginning, which results in an excellent command over the language. Now, let us list the top Indian CEOs who have created waves over the world.
1) Sundar Pichai
The no1 name, which comes to our mind, is the technology king, Sundar Pichai. Sundar, originally hailing from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, was appointed the CEO of the information giant Google in August 2015, by replacing the founder, the legendary Larry Page. Before Google, he worked with the famous consulting firm McKinsey & Co. After joining Google as the head of its product management team, he was extensively involved in developing Google Chrome and Google toolbar. He was also in line for the position of CEO of Microsoft. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering, from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, in Kharagpur, followed by a master’s in material science from Stanford University. Later, he also did his MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
2) Satya Narayana Nadella
Satya Nadella became the CEO of Microsoft in 2014. Under his leadership, Microsoft became the ‘world’s most valuable company’ in November 2018. Microsoft purchased Linkedin, Mojang, and Github. He became a member of Microsoft in 1992 and served as the Executive VP of its cloud and enterprise group, creating and running the firm’s computing platforms. He originally hailed from Hyderabad and finished his electrical engineering degree from Mangalore University. Later, he did his masters from the University of Wisconsin and MBA from the University of Chicago.
3) Shantanu Narayen
Shantanu Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 and became the CEO in 2007. He currently holds the designation of Chairperson, President, and CEO of Adobe Inc. He had the title as the world’s best CEO in 2016 and 2017, by Barron’s magazine. Narayen is also the recipient of Padma Shri. He did his UG in electrical engineering and PG in computer science from the Bowling Green State University and finished his MBA from the University of California in Berkeley.
4) Rajiv Suri
Rajiv Suri is the CEO of the Finnish mobile manufacturing giant Nokia. He is an Indo Singaporean citizen and finished his undergraduate studies from the Manipal Institute of Technology in India. He also held the CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks US LLC and the director at Stryker Corp. He received the Marco Polo award in 2015 and Finland’s Business Leader of the Year in 2016. He was born in Delhi and presently lives in Finland.
5) Vasant Narasimhan
Vasant Narasimhan is the CEO of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, Novartis International AG. He joined Novartis in 2005 and is basically a doctor by profession. He finished his Bachelors in Biological Sciences, from Chicago University and then his MD from the Harvard Medical School. Finally, he completed his masters in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2015, he was listed in the 7th position in the “40 under 40 list” by Forbes.
6) Ajaypal Singh Banga
Ajaypal Singh Banga is present, the CEO and President of Master Card. He was born in Pune and then finished his degree in economics from Delhi University. Next, he completed his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He became the CEO in 2010, and before joining Master Card, he was the CEO of Citigroup Asia Pacific. He also worked in Pepsico and Nestle( India ). He also co-founded the Cyber Readiness Institute, which is among US-India Strategic Partnership Forum’s founding trusts.
7) Sanjay Mehrotra
Sanjay Mehrotra became the CEO of Micron in 2017, and he was the CEO and President of Sandisk from 2011 to 2016, which he cofounded. SanDisk is one of the world’s largest Pendrive manufacturers. He finished his graduation and post-graduation in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He also pursued the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program.
8) Dinesh C Paliwal
Dinesh C Paliwal is the current CEO and President of Harman International, which was purchased by Samsung Electronics Ltd, in 2017. He was born in UP India and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, in engineering. Later on, he finished his masters at Miami University, in Oxford and Ohio in management with a scholarship.
9) Arvind Krishna
Arvind Krishna is the latest addition to the already impressive list of Indian CEO. He was appointed as the CEO of IBM in 2020. He qualified from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and did his Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
10) Jayshree Ullal
Jayshree Ullal is one of the brightest stars in the world of corporate America. She is a female CEO and President of the Arista Networks, a cloud networking company, and achieved this position in 2008. She graduated in electrical engineering from the San Francisco State University and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Santa Clara.
In this article, readers will get adequate information about the top 10 Indian CEOs who are ruling the world.