Indians for a decade have been playing important roles in global technology. Indian IT professionals have been an important part in the machinery running technology giants across the world. In fact, two of the world’s biggest technology companies – Google and Microsoft – have Indian-origin CEOs. Other than these two others have made an indelible mark in the world of technology.
Following are 10 Indian – born executives of global technology giants.
1) Sunder Pichai, CEO – Google
44 yr old Sunder Pichai born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu-India was named CEO of Google on august 10, 2015. He had pursued his education at IIT Kharagpur (BTech), Stanford(MS) and Wharton (MBA).
He is responsible for the launch of Chrome web browser and was the product head for Android, Chrome, Maps and other Google products.
2) Satya Nadella, CEO – Microsoft
Nadella was appointed CEO of Microsoft in February 2014, after a 22 yr old stint with the company. He was previously an executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.
Born in Hyderabad, 47 yr old Nadella pursued his BE from Manipal Institute of Technology, MS from University of Wisconsis and MBA from University of Chicago.
3) Shantanu Narayen, CEO – Adobe
Born in Hyderabad, Shantanu Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as the senior Vice President of worldwide product research and became COO in 2005 and CEO in 2007.
He had pursued his Bachelor of Science from Osmania University, MBA from University of California and an MS from Bowling Green State University. In 2016, He was named amongst the world’s best CEOs by Barron’s Magazine.
4) Rajeev Suri, CEO – Nokia
Rajeev Suri joined Nokia in 1995 and was appointed CEO and President after holding several positions in April 2014.
Born in India Suri completed his B-Tech from Manipal Institute of Technology, and holds no Post Graduate degrees.
5) Francisco D’Souza, CEO – Cognizant
Francisco D’Souza is amongst the youngest CEOs in software services sector,he is also a member of the company’s board of directors
D’Souza joined Cognizant as a co-founder in 1994 and went on to become it’s CEO in the year 2007. Son of an Indian Diplomat, D’souza was born in Kenya and holds a BBA from University of East Asia, Macau and MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittburgh.
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6) Neha Narkhede, CEO – Confluent
Neha Narkhede is an engineering graduate from university of Pune. She was named among the 50 most powerful women in technology by Forbes. She is the co-founder and CEO of Data Analytics firm Confluent.
7) Anjali Sud, CEO – Vimeo
Anjali Sud, an MBA from Harvard Business School is the CEO of Vimeo, a popular open video platform. She was appointed CEO in 2017 and before that had stints with Amazon and Time Warner.
8) Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, CEO – Drawbridge
Sivaramakrishnan was named among the 50 most powerful women in technology in 2018 by forbes. She heads Drawbridge, a people-based identity management company. Shivaramakrishnan holds a PhD from Stanford University has also worked with Google for a short while.
9) Deepak Ahuja, CFO – Tesla
Deepak Ahuja has been working with Tesla for close to 10 years. Sonce 2017, he has been the CFO for Tesla.
Ahuja is a graduate from IIT, Varanasi and holds Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University
10) Ashok Vemuri, CEO – Conduent Inc
Ashok Vemuri is the CEO of Conduent Inc, that recently spun off into a separate company recently.
A former Infosys veteran, Vemuri became CEO of Xerox’s business processing outsourcing company after Xerox’s split into two separate entities.