India-born Sundar Pichai has been recently named as Google CEO. Pichai’s elevation is another milestone for Indian-origin CEOs of whom at least half a dozen are in Fortune 500 companies. Here’s a look at 10 India-born CEOs of global tech giants.
1. Sundar Pichai, Google
Sundar Pichai is the latest to join the elite club of Indian executives heading global technology companies. The 43-year-old head of Google 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, 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. Rajeev Suri, 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 ascedancy 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 Narayen, 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 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, 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 University of Liverpool and PhD from University of Strathclyde.
6. Sanjay Mehrotra, 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 executive programme. Mehrotra holds several patents to his name.
7. Nikesh Arora, Softbank Internet & Media Inc
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. George Kurian, 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. Francisco D’Souza, 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 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.
10. Dinesh Paliwal, Harman
Dinesh Paliwal is the president and CEO of Harman International, a premium audio gear brand that owns the likes of JBL, Becker, dbx, among others. Born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Paliwal holds a BE from IIT Roorkee, and MS and MBA from Miami University.He serves on the board of Bristol-Myers Squibb, and previously served as the economic advisor to the governor of China’s Guangdong province for three years.