An alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Arvind Krishna has been with IBM for over two decades.
From the great Aryabhatta to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, India has been home to some of the most brilliant minds in world history.
And when it comes to doing business, Indians seem to be leading in that field, too. Stalwarts like Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Anand Mahindra and Laxmi Mittal have made our country a force to reckon with.
Not just in India but across the globe, people of our country have risen against all odds.
So here we look at the top CEOs of Indian origin in the world:
1. Arvind Krishna – CEO, IBM Group
After completing his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krishna’s sheer brilliance got him the recognition he thoroughly deserved.
He replaced Virginia Rometty as the next CEO of the IBM Group on Friday, January 31.
2. Sundar Pichai – CEO, Google LLC & Alphabet INC
Pichai Sundararajan, an Indian American business executive, started his career with Google in 2004. The now promoted CEO of Alphabet, after the stepping down of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had initially joined as a management executive.
Born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu – the now 47 year old – is a prestigious alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Stanford University, California.
Having lived and worked in Australia, China, India, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States – Dinesh Paliwal is the CEO of Harman International and a board member for Nestle.
After completing his bachelor’s in engineering from the Indian Institute of Management, Roorkee, Paliwal achieved an MBA in Finance from Miami University, Ohio.
Paliwal was awarded Metro New York Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2010 and was declared the Businessman of the Year by Fortune Magazine in 2014.
11. Sanjay Mehrotra – CEO, Micron Technology
With 30 years of experience in the non-volatile semiconductor memory industry, Mehrotra is a pioneer by all means.
After co-founding SanDisk in 1988 and serving as their President & CEO until 2016, Mehrotra was chosen as Micron Technology’s new CEO in February, 2017.
Hailing from Delhi, he is an alumni of BITS Pilani and has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences.
12. Laxman Narasimhan – CEO, Reckitt Benckiser
After leading PepsiCo as their Chief Commercial Officer, Laxman Narasimhan became the CEO of Reckitt Benckiser in September 2019.
Completing his Engineering from Pune, Laxman did an MA from The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School.
He is known as a multilingual orator and can speak up to six languages.
Parag Agrawal – CEO, Twitter
After Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey stepped down from his role, Parag Agrawal is set to take over. An IIT-Bombay graduate, Parag Agrawal served as Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer from 2018. Before Twitter, Agrawal did research internships at AT&T, Microsoft and Yahoo.