Looks like Indians are becoming tech gurus around the world, taking over top tech companies in the United States of America as CEOs. What is making them tick?
The appointment of Parag Agrawal as the Chief Executive Officer of Twitter came as a surprise to many people around the world. The man was little known in the circles of giants and even had only 36,000 Twitter followers by the time he was appointed.
Agrawal has been with Twitter for 10 years and emerged from behind the scenes to take over one of Silicon Valley’s highest-profile and politically volatile jobs. A 37-year-old immigrant from India, Agrawal comes from outside the ranks of celebrity CEOs.
His appointment added to the list of Indian CEOs who are heading major tech companies in the United States of America.
Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google. He was selected to become the next CEO of Google on August 10, 2015, after previously being appointed Product Chief by CEO Larry Page.
On October 24, 2015, he stepped into the new position at the completion of the formation of Alphabet Inc., the new holding company for the Google company family. He is from India too.
Another one is the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella. Born in India, Nadella has led major projects at Microsoft that included the company’s move to cloud computing and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world.
Nadella worked as the senior vice-president of research and development (R&D) for the Online Services Division and vice-president of the Microsoft Business Division before becoming CEO.
Shantanu Narayen is the CEO of Adobe, another giant tech company in the US. According to Wikipedia, Narayen grew up in Hyderabad, India, in a Telugu-speaking family.
Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as senior vice-president of worldwide product development, a position he held through 2001. From 2001 to 2005 he was executive vice-president of worldwide products.
In November 2007, Adobe announced that Bruce Chizen would step down as CEO effective December 1, 2007, to be replaced by Narayen.
Mr. Ajaypal Singh Banga is the executive chairman of Mastercard. He is currently executive chairman of Mastercard, having previously served as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company from July 2010 until December 31, 2020.
Mr. Rajeev Suri is the CEO of Nokia. He was previously the CEO of Nokia until 31 July 2020. Before being appointed Nokia’s CEO in May 2014, he was the CEO of Nokia Solutions and Networks from 2009 and held various positions within Nokia since 1995.
Rakesh Kapoor is the CEO of NetApp. Rakesh is an Indian businessman and the chief executive of Reckitt Benckiser, a UK FTSE-listed multinational company. The company oversees the areas of consumer goods, health & hygiene, and home products.
He was educated at Modern School, New Delhi, India and holds a BE(Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science(BITS), Pilani, and an MBA from Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur.