Indian-born CEOs at the helm of American companies — Quartz India

If you throw a stone in Silicon Valley these days, you’re likely to run into an Indian-born CEO.

Until ten years ago, there were only a handful, mostly in consumer goods, technology and finance: Indra Nooyi of Pepsi Co.who role play leaders dining with her mother and sister in Madras when she was young; Google’s Sundar Pichaithe Madurai-born tech who was a major force in pushing Google to enter the browser war with Chrome; and brand and finance wizard Ajay Banga, who ran MasterCard for a decade before moving at General Atlantic earlier this year.

Others, like Citibank’s Vikram Pandit, didn’t last long at the top. However, more and more companies have focused on talents of Indian origin for their high brass.

Outraged academic pedigree– many of these high achievers are alumni of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) or other elite institutions in the country – and strong CVs, Managers of Indian origin bring to the table competitiveness, diversity and inclusion, a keen awareness of family commitments, and more.

The first two years of the 2020s saw almost as many CEO appointments of Indian descent as the entire 2010s. This even excludes second-generation immigrants like Anjali South from Vimeo, Workday’s Aneel Bhushrior the more controversial Niraj Shah of Wayfair.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of CEOs of Indian origin in the United States.

Raj Subramaniam, FedEx

The Chemical Engineering graduate from IIT Bombay hails from Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala, South India. He spent over 30 years at Fedex. Subramaniam held a range of strategic and operational roles in various geographies before being named the logistics giant’s President and CEO on March 29, 2022.

Leena Nair, Chanel

Hailing from a small town in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Nair took the reins of Chanel by Alain Wertheimer on December 14, 2021. She is the first lady to fill this position within the French luxury fashion house.

Previously, Nair was head of human resources at Unilever London, having spent 30 years with the consumer goods giant after starting as an intern in India. As she rose through the ranks, she eventually became a British citizen.

Parag Agrawal, Twitter

Agrawal replaced CEO Jack Dorsey on November 29, 2021, after serving as Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer since 2017.

The IIT Bombay graduate was good for corporate culture. He has already taken paternity leave, reduced draconian management oversight and championed flexible working.

CS Venkatakrishnan, Barclays

Barclays named CS Venkatakrishnan as CEO on November 1, 2021, after Jes Staley resigned unexpectedly.

MIT graduate Venkatakrishnan was with New York-based JPMorgan Chase during two decades before joining Barclays in 2016. The first person of color to hold the position, Venkatakrishnan is considered the right balance between a consensus seeker and a risk taker.

Rangarajan Raghuram, VMware

The cloud computing company Elevated Raghuram from Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Cloud Products and Services to Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2021. He joined the company in 2003 and has since helped grow its core business while leading its diversification efforts.

Shar Dubey, game

Sharmistha Dubey, nicknamed “Shar”, was president of Match before taking over as CEO on March 1, 2020. Prior to running the $40 billion conglomerate, she was chief operating officer at Tinder, one of several dating and marriage platforms owned by Match.

In 2021, the “patron of romance” won praise not only for opposing the odious Texas Abortion Law but also the creation of a fund to support employees affected by the restrictive law.

Sonia Syngal, Gap

Syngal has been with Gap since 2014. Before the Born in India and raised in Canada executive was given the reins for Gap on March 23, 2020, she led Gap-owned Old Navy for four years. His strategy to help the struggling fashion brand was to reduce the number of stores and take more risks.

Sandeep Mathrani, WeWork

Unlike several other Indian-born CEOs, Mathrani didn’t grow up with WeWork. He was an outsider hired for the crucial role on February 18, 2020. The real estate expert was tasked with business redesign and growth

The company that inspired Apple TV+ Series We crashed is in urgent need of limit the damage after its business model and corporate governance deteriorated.

Arvind Krishna, IBM

The IIT-Kanpur alumnus joined IBM in 1990. Prior to becoming CEO on January 30, 2020, he served in several rolesincluding research director and head of the cloud and cognitive software unit.

IBM’s merit landmark 2019 agreement with the open source technology company Red Hat, the company biggest buy in its 109 years of history – goes to Krishna.

Sundar Pichai, Alphabet

Pichai had been the public face of the company since his appointment as CEO of Google in 2015. On December 3, the 1993 IIT-Kharagpur graduate replaced founder Larry Page at the top, becoming CEO of Alphabet.

With the coveted position came a host of problems: more than 70 different moonshots distributed in the sectors were now under the responsibility of Pichai.

Niren Chaudhary, Panera Bread

On May 23, 2019, Chaudhary came to Panera donut giant Krispy Kreme, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and President. Before that, he had spent 23 years, in India and the United States, at Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC and Taco Bell.

Revathi Advaithi, Flex

Advaithi was recruited on February 11, 2019 to lead the company that manufactures everything from hair dryer on mac. The Mechanical Engineering graduate of Indian Institute of Technology and Science Birla Pilani (BITS) is a ardent defender STEM education for girls and diversity in the workplace.

Sanjay Mehrotra, Micron

Born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Mehrotra also attended BITS Pilani before earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He co-founded SanDisk in 1988 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2011 until its acquired in 2016 by Western Digital. It happened to Micron April 27, 2017as President and CEO.

George Kurian, NetApp

The Kerala-born executive, who joined the data storage and management company in 2011, resumed as CEO on June 1, 2015. Previously, he was his executive vice president of product operations for more than two years.

Kurian’s twin, Thomas, is the Google Cloud CEO.

Punishes Renjen, Deloitte

Renjen, who became CEO of Deloitte on May 31, 2015, was a small-town boy from Rohtak, Haryana, who came to the United States after winning a Rotary Foundation scholarship that allowed him to study at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management. He owns never looked back because.

First Asian to lead the council’s biggest Big Four, his octogenarian mother still lives in his childhood home in Rohtak.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft

nadella grew up in Delhi and Hyderabad then moved to the United States for his master’s degree. He joined Microsoft as a young engineer in 1992 and rose through the ranks, leading early versions of Microsoft Office, Xbox Live, the Azure cloud platform, and more along the way. Since taking over as CEO on February 4, 2014, he has led with empathyworking to rid Microsoft of bureaucracy, suspicion and alleged myopia. It is presented collaborative hackathons and discarded an unpopular performance ranking system that required managers to give a percentage of negative reviews.

Shantanu Narayen, Adobe Inc.

Narayan grew up in a Telugu speaking family in Hyderabad to a mother who taught American literature and a father who ran a plastics business. Like Nadella, he moved to the United States for his master’s studies.

Three decades later, Adobe’s Chairman, President and CEO is still a avid fan of the Indian cricket team.

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