Indian Origin CEO

For decades, Indians have been at the forefront of transforming the way technology works and pioneering the global environment. Many of the world’s top technological businesses are led by Indian-origin CEOs, and the list continues to grow.

Google, Microsoft, Twitter, MasterCard, Adobe, IBM and others are just a few examples. What do all of these businesses have in common? They’re all led by CEOs who were born in India and ascended through the ranks of some of the world’s most prestigious companies.


It’s no surprise that Indians are climbing the business ladder. Indians, out of all the immigrant groups arriving today, are head and shoulders above the others, thanks to their English language abilities and the sophisticated education that many of them bring with them.

And Elon Musk thinks the same,

Continue reading as we provide a list of Indians who have worked on the creation and promotion of various life-changing companies:

1. Parag Agrawal (CEO of Twitter)

Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer, Parag Agrawal, has been selected as the company’s next CEO, following Jack Dorsey. He had placed 77th in the IIT joint entrance exams and had gone on to study at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. In 2011, Agrawal joined Twitter as a software engineer after completing his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford.


Parag Agrawal CEO, Twitter

2. Chet Kamath (CEO and Managing Director of Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd.)

Chet Kamat joined Oracle in 2010 after working for Symphony Technology Group as the Managing Director, India. He graduated from the University of Mumbai with a master’s degree in computer science and a postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.

Chet Kamath - CEO Oracle Financial Services

3. Arvind Krishna (CEO of IBM Group)

Arvind Krishna, an Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur alumni, has been with IBM for almost two decades. After getting his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krishna’s talent drew the recognition he deserved. He succeeded Virginia Rometty as the next CEO of the IBM Group on January 31, 2020.

Arvind Krishna ibm ceo

4. Anshu Jain (President of Cantor Fitzgerald)

Anshuman Jain, a British Indian corporate executive, was born on January 7, 1963, and has been the president of the American financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald since 2017. He was the Global Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of Deutsche Bank from June 2012 until July 2015. In 1983, he graduated from the Shri Ram College of Commerce at the University of Delhi with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He moved to the United States at the age of 19 and received his MBA in finance from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1985.

Anshu Jain President of Cantor Fitzgerald

5. Sundar Pichai (CEO of Google LLC & Alphabet INC)

Pichai Sundararajan is a Google executive who was born in India, Madurai, Tamil Nadu and moved to the United States in 2004. Following the exits of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Alphabet recruited the now-promoted CEO as a management executive. He is a famous alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and Stanford University in California.


Highest paid CEOs 2021- Sundar Pichai

6. Ivan Menezes (CEO of Diageo)

Since July 1, 2013, this Indian-American business executive has led Diageo, FTSE 100 British multinational alcoholic drinks company, as CEO, succeeding Paul S. Walsh. He is the son of Manuel Menezes, the chairman of the Indian Railway Board, and was born in Pune in July 1959.

Ivan Menezes CEO of Diageo

7. Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft)

Satya Nadella, a Hyderabad native who formerly oversaw the development and operation of Microsoft’s computer systems, has been the company’s CEO since 2014. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering in Hyderabad, Nadella received his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Satya Nadella was up in a low-income Telugu family and worked for Sun Microsystems before joining Microsoft.

Highest Paid Executives- Satya Nadella

8. Laxman Narasimhan (CEO of Reckitt Benckiser)

After managing PepsiCo as Chief Commercial Officer, Laxman Narasimhan was named CEO of Reckitt Benckiser in September 2019. After earning his engineering degree in Pune, Laxman got an MA from The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School. He is a multilingual speaker who can speak up to six different languages.

Laxman Narasimhan CEO, Reckitt Benckiser

9. Shantanu Narayen (CEO of Adobe Inc)

Since 2007, Shantanu Narayen, a Hyderabad native, has served as the CEO and Chairman of Adobe Inc. Following a bachelor’s degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, Narayen received an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Narayen was raised by hardworking parents and worked at Apple before joining Adobe.

Shantanu Narayen CEO Adobe Inc

10. George Kurian (CEO of NetApp)

After working with firms like Akamai Technologies and Oracle, George Curian became Chairman and CEO of NetApp in June 2015. He was born in the Kerala state of Kottayam and studied engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, before departing six months later to pursue his MBA at Princeton University.


George Curian CEO, NetApp

11. Ajaypal Singh Banga (CEO of Mastercard)

Since the 1990s, Ajay Banga, the son of former Indian Lieutenant General Harbhajan Singh Banga, has worked as a Mastercard pioneer. After serving as President and COO, Ajaypal Singh Banga was chosen the new CEO in April 2010. Banga is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and Delhi University, and has previously served as the president of the United States-India Business Council (USIBC).

Ajaypal Singh Banga CEO, Mastercard

12. Sanjay Mehrotra (CEO of Micron Technology)

With over 30 years of experience in the non-volatile semiconductor memory industry, Mehrotra is a real trailblazer. After co-founding SanDisk in 1988 and serving as its President and CEO until 2016, Mehrotra was named Micron Technology’s new CEO in February 2017. He possesses a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from BITS Pilani. He is a Delhi native.

Sanjay Mehrotra CEO, Micron Technology

13. Jayshree Ullal (CEO of Arista Networks)

Jayshree Ullal is a multimillionaire American businesswoman who has led Arista Networks since 2008. She grew up in New Delhi after being born in London. After graduating from San Francisco State University, she got a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. Forbes magazine named her one of the top five most important persons in the networking industry in 2010.

Jayshree Ullal CEO of Arista Networks

14. Nikesh Arora (CEO of Palo Alto Networks)

Nikesh Arora has been the CEO of Palo Alto Networks since June 2018. After working at Google, Nikesh joined the SoftBank Group as President in 2014. Nikesh, who came from the air force, fought hard for his success and is a graduate of BHU’s Indian Institute of Technology and Northeastern University’s Boston College.

Nikesh Arora CEO, Palo Alto Networks

15. Vasant Narasimhan (CEO of Novartis)

Novartis, a worldwide healthcare business, is led by Vasant Narasimhan. His occupation is that of an Indian American doctor. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, followed by an MD from Harvard Medical School and a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He began working for Novartis in 2005.


Vasant Narasimhan CEO of Novartis

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