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“13 Indian-origin executives that are ‘ruling’ the tech industry”

13 Indian-origin executives that are 'ruling' the tech industry

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13 Indian-origin executives that are ‘ruling’ the tech industry

Indians for decades have been playing an important role in the global technology landscape. Indian IT pros have been an important cog in the machinery running technology behemoths across the world. In fact, two of the world’s biggest technology companies — Google and Microsoft — are led by Indian-origin CEOs. Other than these two, there are many others who have made an indelible mark on the world of technology.

Here’s a look at 13 India-born CEOs of global technology giants.

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India-born Sundar Pichai was named as Google CEO on August 10, 2015. In December 2019, he additionally became the CEO of Alphabet Inc. 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. Pichai had also been suggested as a contender for Microsoft CEO in 2014. The 47-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.

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​Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

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​Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Satya Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992 and became the CEO of the company in 2014 succeeding Steve Ballmer. Born in Hyderabad, the 52-year-old 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.

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​Shantanu Narayen, CEO, Adobe

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​Shantanu Narayen, CEO, Adobe

Hyderabad-born Narayen started his career at Apple. He joined Adobe in 1998 as the senior vice-president of worldwide product research and became the COO in 2005 and CEO in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Osmania University, an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS from Bowling Green State University. In the year 2018, Narayen was ranked on 12th position on Fortune’s list of Businessperson of the year.
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​Jayashree Ullal, president and CEO, Arista Network

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​Jayashree Ullal, president and CEO, Arista Network

Jayshree Ullal is the president and CEO of Arista Networks, a cloud networking company. Ullal began her career with engineering and strategy positions at AMD and Fairchild Semiconductor. She was also named by Forbes magazine as “one of the top five most influential people in the networking industry”.

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​Rajeev Suri, CEO and president, Nokia

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​Rajeev Suri, CEO and president, Nokia

Rajeev Suri joined Nokia in 1995 and held various positions before being appointed as president and CEO in April 2014. Born in India, Suri also holds a B-Tech from Manipal Institute of Technology, but holds no post graduate degrees. Suri’s ascendancy to Nokia CEO’s position came after Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile phone business. Previously, he was the head of the services, Nokia Siemens Networks 2007-2009.
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​Dinesh Paliwal, president and CEO, Harman International

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​Dinesh Paliwal, president and CEO, Harman International

62-year-old Paliwal is the President and CEO of Harman International. Born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Paliwal holds a BE from IIT Roorkee, and MS and MBA from Miami University. Before joining Harman, he spent 22 years with ABB Group, where he last 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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​Nikesh Arora, CEO, Palo Alto Networks

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​Nikesh Arora, CEO, Palo Alto Networks

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.

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Parag Agrawal, CTO, Twitter

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Parag Agrawal, CTO, Twitter

An engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Tiwari has been with Twitter since 2011 and is currently their chief technical officer. Prior to this Tiwari has also worked with Microsoft, AT&T and Yahoo’s research teams.

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Anjali Sud, CEO, Vimeo

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Anjali Sud, CEO, Vimeo

Anjali Sud was appointed as the CEO of Vimeo a popular open video platform in 2017. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and before joining Vimeo she had worked with Amazon and Time Warner.

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​Ashok Vemuri, CEO, Conduent Inc

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​Ashok Vemuri, CEO, Conduent Inc

A former Infosys veteran, Vemuri is the CEO of Conduent Inc, the Xerox’s sibling business services unit that spun off into a separate company. Vemuri received a bachelor’s degree in physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and a postgraduate diploma in business management from IIM Ahmedabad. In 2015, he also won the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award from Enterprise Asia.
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​Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO, Micron Technology

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​Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO, Micron Technology

Sanjay Mehrotra — who was also CEO of Sandisk earlier – is the current CEO of Micron Technology. Mehrotra is an engineering graduate from BITS, Pilani and was also a Board member of Western Digital. He was appointed CEO of Micron in 2017.

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George Kurian, CEO and president, NetApp

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George Kurian, CEO and president, NetApp

In 2015, George Kurian became the CEO and president of NetApp storage and data management company. Before joining NetApp, Kurian was vice president and general manager of the Application Networking and Switching Technology Group at Cisco Systems. 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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