Many international corporate companies have Indian-born CEOs at the helm. Indian-born CEOs have been trending in global companies, and have been leaving a blazing trail from Day
Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google Inc.
Pichai was an ace student at school and captained his high school cricket team. After earning a degree in metallurgical engineering from IIT Kharagpur, he won a scholarship from Stanford University to study material sciences and semiconductor physics. Much of his parent’s savings were spent on buying his air tickets to Stanford. Revising his plan of pursuing an academic career, Pichai dropped out of his Ph.D. at Stanford. He joined a Silicon Valley semiconductor maker, Applied Materials, as an engineer and product manager. In 2002, he graduated in MBA from Wharton School and joined McKinsey as a management consultant. While trying to convince a colleague to not move to Google, he realized that it might be the right company for him.
Time magazine once termed CEOs as India’s leading ‘export’ and said that the subcontinent could be ‘the ideal training ground for global bosses’.
Shantanu Narayen, CEO and President, Adobe Systems Inc.
Narayen went to Hyderabad Public School and pursued electronics engineering from Osmania University, India. He then pursued his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Till then, it was a usual immigrant story.
Shantanu Narayen who’s from Hyderabad heads one of the world’s leading software companies, Adobe. Nine years after joining Adobe, Narayen was appointed as CEO in 2007. One of world’s top paid tech CEOs, he is lauded for his leadership qualities, technology insight and operational proficiency, which helped Adobe expand its products portfolio. Narayen holds an electronics engineering degree from Osmania University, MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and Masters in computer science from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO, SanDisk Corporation
Sanjay Mehrotra is co-founder, president and chief executive officer of SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions. Earlier, Mehrotra served as SanDisk’s president and chief operating officer starting in 2006. Under his leadership, the company expanded its focus to include solid state drive (SSD) solutions for the enterprise, as well as new growth strategies for the mobile and client computing segments. Mehrotra received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program (SEP).
Additionally, these CEOs are known to be patient, humble, persistent and future-oriented – traits, which are the guiding light for any leader. Suffice it to say that they are doing full justice to the demands of their high-profile jobs. And, creating waves, in the bargain!
Thus, it comes as no surprise that the unique process of mentoring, hard work and dedication by Indian-Americans themselves, have worked out in a way which promptly put them as the executives onto the global arena.