Indian Origin CEOs Who Are Ruling The World

For decades now, Indians have been playing a focal role in the success of technology powerhouses globally. Becoming the leaders of the world’s most influential companies and playing a vital role in their growths is not a piece of cake biggest examples being Google and Microsoft, the two giants in the market who are shaping in the world. Here is a list of Indian origin CEOs who are ruling the world.

1. Sundar Pichai (Google)

Pichai Sundararajan, also known as Sundar Pichai was born in Tamil Nadu, India. He earned a degree from IIT Kharagpur in metallurgical engineering and is a distinguished alumnus from that institution. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he got the name of a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar. Pichai began his career as a materials engineer and joined Google as a management executive in 2004 and became the CEO of Google in the year 2015.

2. Shantanu Narayen ( Adobe)

Born in Hyderabad, India Shantanu Narayan started his career at Apple. 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 joined Adobe in 1998  and got promoted to CEO in November 2007 at the age of 45. Narayen also represented India in sailing at an Asian Regatta and got his name among the world's best CEOs by Barron's Magazine in the year 2016.

Adobe Revenue Growth %
Adobe Revenue Growth %

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3. Satya Nadella (Microsoft)

Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella has a BE from Manipal Institute of Technology, MS from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He became the CEO of Microsoft succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014.

4. Sanjay Mehrotra (Micron)

Kanpur-born Sanjay Mehrotra started his college at BITS Pilani and then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the current CEO of Micron Technology. Previously, he co-founded SanDisk, where he served as the president and CEO until its acquisition by Western Digital in 2016.

5. Sanjay Jha (Global Foundries)

He is the former chief executive officer (CEO) of GlobalFoundries and former chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility. Before that, he was the chief operating officer of Qualcomm. Jha was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar, and holds a BS from the University of Liverpool and a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde.


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6. Rajeev Suri (Nokia)

Rajeev Suri is an Indian–Singaporean business executive and the CEO of Nokia. Suri joined Nokia in 1995 and held various positions before being the president and CEO in April 2014 which was after Nokia had bought back full control of the NSN and sold Nokia's phone division to Microsoft Mobile. Suri holds a B-Tech from the Manipal Institute of Technology.

Google's Growth Under Sundar Pichai Vs Other CEOs
Google's Revenue Growth from 2002-2019

7. George Kurian (NetApp)

After serving as the executive vice president of product operations for two years at Netapps, George Kurian became the CEO and its president in June 2015. Born in Kottayam district, Kerala, he pursued engineering at IIT-Madras, but left six months later to join Princeton University; he also holds an MBA degree from Stanford.


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8. Francisco D’Souza (Cognizant)

Francisco D’Souza is among the youngest CEOs in the software services sector and a member of the company’s board of directors. D’Souza joined Cognizant as a co-founder in 1994 and went on to become its CEO in 2007. The son of an Indian, D’Souza was born in Kenya. He holds a BBA from the University of East Asia, Macau, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

9. Dinesh Paliwal (Harman)

Born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Paliwal holds a BE from IIT Roorkee and MS and MBA from Miami University and is the president and CEO of Harman International. Prior to joining Harman, he spent 22 years with ABB Group, where he held the dual role of President of ABB Group with responsibility for the company’s global P&L, and Chairman/CEO - ABB North America.


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10. Ashok Vemuri (Xerox Business Services LLC)

New Delhi-born Ashok Vemuri is the Board of Directors for Financial Policy and Public Responsibilities at Kroger and was the former Chief Executive Officer of IGATE and Conduent. Xerox, the 110-year-old document technology company that over the years came to symbolize everything associated with photocopying, named former iGate appointed CEO Ashok Vemuri as the new CEO of its back-office outsourcing company.

11. Nikesh Arora (Palo Alto)

Nikesh Arora took the role of CEO and chairman at Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Prior to this, he has worked with Google and SoftBank. Born to an Indian Air Force Officer, Arora holds a degree from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University.

World-leading India origin CEOs
World-leading India origin CEOs

12. Ajaypal Singh Banga (Mastercard)

Beginning his business career with Nestlé in 1981 Pune-born Ajaypal Singh Banga is the president and CEO of Mastercard. He completed his primary education at the Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet and he went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University followed by PGP in Management from the IIM Ahmedabad.


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13. Arvind Krishna (IBM)

The CEO of IBM Arvind Krishna was born in Dehra Dun, India. He completed schooling in St Joseph's Academy, Dehradun and the Stanes School, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, before receiving a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1985 and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. Krishna began his career at IBM as an engineer in IBM Research and got promoted to CEO in 2020.

14. Jayshree Ullal (Arista Networks)

Jayashree Ullal president and CEO of Arista Networks, was raised in New Delhi and attended San Francisco State University where she graduated with a B.S. in engineering. She went on to Santa Clara University where she received a master's degree in engineering management.

15. Neha Narkhede (Confluent)

Narkhede is the co-founder and CEO of data analytics firm Confluent. She holds a graduate from the University of Pune and was also named in 2018 among the 50 most powerful women in technology by Forbes. Narkhede worked with LinkedIn for four years and before that with Oracle for two years.

It feels exceptionally good to be an Indian when you get to hear the names of these big CEOs ruling over the world. I hope you find this list of Indian origin CEOs at the top companies globally useful and informative.

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