Indian CEOs in World’s Biggest Companies | Indian CEOs in International Companies
Over the years, Indians have slowly but steadily climbed up the corporate ladders globally and have also played a key role in the development of many of the technology powerhouses all over the world.
From Microsoft to Pepsi and Google to the Master-cards in our hands that we use for shopping, Indians have been one of the major minds involved in the invention and marketing management of these life changing brands.
30% of the Fortune 500 Companies have Indians as their CEOs. As per the 2015 studies , one- third of all the engineers in Silicon Valley (USA) are from India and 10% of world’s high tech company CEO’s are all Indians.
What makes them the ‘The Best CEO’s of Top biggest Global Companies’ is their outstanding communication and managerial skills, adaptability and hardworking nature.
This wonderful combination of their professional skills and humble nature is what helps them achieve & maintain such coveted positions.
So, let’s look at a..
list of 15 Indian CEOs who are currently heading the topmost biggest global companies all over the world :
#1. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google
Full name – Pichai Sundararajan
Born – 12th July, 1972
Place of Birth – Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Currently living : San Francisco Bay Area
From growing up in a two room apartment in Ashok Nagar, Chennai to being announced the CEO of Google LLC on 10 August, 2015, Sundar Pichai has come a long way. The soft-spoken 46 year old did his B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and then won a scholarship to study on material science and on semiconductors in physics from Stanford University, where he eventually earned his M.S.
After that he completed his MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennysylvania and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He joined Google in the year 2004 and led the product management and innovation efforts for key products including Google Chrome OS and Google Drive.
Sundar Pichai Net worth / Salary in 2021
|Sundar Pichai Net worth in 2021||USD $600 Million (approx.) [as per Yahoo]|
|Sundar Pichai Base Salary in 2021||USD $2 Million Annually|
|Sundar Pichai Total Salary in 2021||USD $280,621,552 Annually (approx.) [as per Fortune]|
#2. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
Full name – Satya Narayana Nadella
Born – 19th August 1967
Place of birth- Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Nadella, now 51 and a father of three kids, was named the head of Microsoft in February 2014. He has given 22 years of his life to the company and previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group before being handed over the position of CEO.
The Hyderabad born holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology. After that he did his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Nadella changed the company’s direction with his vision and brilliance. He revised Microsoft’s mission statement to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more” from it’s earlier mission of “a PC on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software.” Under his supervision, the company’s seems to be doing quite well with it’s stocks having tripled by September 2018 and a 27% annual growth rate.
“I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things”, says Nadella on his unending desire for learning and interest in reading books.
Satya Nadella Net worth / Salary in 2021
|Satya Nadella Net worth in 2021||USD $655 Million (approx.) [as per wallmine]|
|Satya Nadella Base Salary in 2021||USD $2.5 Million Annually|
|Satya Nadella Total Salary in 2020||USD $44.32 Million (approx.) [as per Geekwire]|
#3. Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico
Full name- Indra Krishnamurthy (born), after marriage- Indra Nooyi
Born – 28 October, 1955
Place of birth – Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India.
An inspiration for many, Indra Nooyi, is an Indian American business executive, currently serving as the Chairman of the second largest food and beverage business in the world, Pepsico. Born in a middle class Tamil speaking Indian family, Nooyi received her Bachelors degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Madras.
Then she went on to achieve a PG Diploma from IIM Calcutta, and in 1978, was admitted to the Yale School of Management where she earned a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management. Coming from humble background, the young Nooyi worked part time jobs to support herself while college.
She began her career with the position of product manager at Johnson and Johnson and then moved on to Pepsico. Today , she is ranked among the World’s 100 most powerful women and was ranked number 13 on the same. She is to be the first independent female director of the ICC Board and the 2nd most powerful woman on the Fortune list 2015 with so many other awards and accolades in her name.
Indra Nooyi Net worth & salary (approx) – $151.8 million. Draws a salary of $29.8 million.
#4. Anshu Jain, President of Cantor Fitzgerald & former CO CEO of Deutsche Bank
Full name – Anshuman Jain
Born – 7th January 1963(age 55)
Place of birth- Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Anshuman Jain is a British Indian business executive and is currently serving as the President of Cantor Fitzgerald. He was a member of the Deutsche Bank’s Management Board and remained a consultant to the bank until January 2016.
He holds a degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, DU and an MBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After having completed his education, he started working as an analyst in derivatives research at Kidder, Peabody and Co. where he worked from 1985 to 1988. He joined Deutsche Bank’s nascent markets business in 1995.
Anshuman Jain Net worth & salary (approx) – $ 60 million.
#5. Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems and president of the board of Adobe foundation
Full name- Shantanu Narayen
Born – 27th May, 1962(age 56)
Place of birth– Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Shantanu Narayen, an Indian American business executive joined Adobe in the year 1998 as a senior vice-president of worldwide product research and then was promoted to the position of executive Vice President and finally appointed to his current position in the November 2007 at the age of 45.
He was born in a Telugu speaking family with his mother being a teacher of American Literature and his father running a plastics company in Hyderabad. Narayen completed his bachelors from the University College of Engineering, Osmania University in India and holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and also an MS from Bowling Green State University.
He started of his career with a bang by landing a job at Apple. He has also been named among the world’s best CEOs by Barron’s Magazine in 2016.
Shantanu Narayen Networth & Salary (approx)– Currently he is known to draw a salary of $875,000 per annum and including stock options, shares and the bonus payments, he is known to earn about $ 20 million in a year.
#6. Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo
Full name– Ivan Manuel Menezes
Date of birth– July 1959(age 59)
Place of birth– Pune, India
Mr. Menezes, is an Indian born American/British business executive. He is an IIM graduate and took over as the head of the British drinks giant Diageo in July 2013. He began his career with Nestle in 1981 and joined Diageo in the year 1997. After taking up the position of CEO, one of his biggest moves was buying a majority stake in India’s United Spirits company. The company is known to own several other bands as well, namely, Guinness, Johnnie Walker Whisky, Smirnoff vodka and Captain Morgan rum.
Ivan Manuel Menezes Networth & Salary (approx)– $ 1.2 Million GBP 7,768,000 Pounds (Total compensation, 2014)
#7. Sanjay Jha, CEO of Global Foundries
Full name – Sanjay Kumar Jha
Born – 1963
Place of birth – Sultanganj, Bihar, India
Sanjay Kumar Jha holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Liverpool and a PhD in Electronics Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. He began his career at Qualcomm in 1944 where he later held the positions of COO and president.
He joined Motorola as co-CEO in 2008 and was announced as the new CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices business ,on 4th August,2008; a position he held till May 2012. Global foundries, the second largest semiconductor foundry business in the world, on 7th January 2014, announced Sanjay Jha to be their CEO.
Sanjay Kumar Jha Networth & Salary (approx) – He makes over a $8,462,544+ a year.
#8. Ajaypal Singh Banga, President and CEO of MasterCard
Full name – Ajaypal Singh Banga
Born – 1960
Place of birth – Pune, India
An Indian Sikh American business executive, Ajaypal Singh Banga , is a Padma Shri Award recipient, and has been serving as the CEO and president of MasterCard since April, 2010. In the year 2015, President Barack Obama appointed him to serve as a Member of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
Born to a decorated army general of the Indian Army, Banga spent his entire childhood and teenage years shifting across different cities in the country and moving from one school to other. He graduated from St. Stephens College, Delhi University with BA in Economics and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Ajaypal Singh Banga Net worth & salary (approx) – $1.2 billion, makes app. $16.9 million a year
#9. Dinesh C. Paliwal, President & CEO of Harman International Industries
Full name – Dinesh C. Paliwal
Born – 17th December 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth – Agra, India
Dinesh Paliwal was born to Ram Chandra Paliwal, a nationally renowned social leader. He was the 7th child born into a family of modest means. He did his engineering from IIT, Roorkee and graduated with merit, which allowed him to fetch scholarship to pursue further education at the Engineering and Management at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA.
Before he joined Harman, Paliwal worked for 22 years at ABB during which he held management positions all over the country. In 2010, he was awarded the title of the Metro New York Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young.
Dinesh Paliwal Networth & Salary (approx) – $13,123,635 per year.
#10. Francisco D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant Tech Solutions
Full name- Francisco D’Souza
Born- 23rd August, 1968(age 50)
Place of birth- Nairobi, Kenya
Son of an Indian Foreign Services officer, Placido D’Souza and diplomat, Sushila, Francisco spent his childhood in 11 countries and did his BBA from the University of East Asia Macau and an MBA from the Carnegie Mellon University.
He started off his career with Dun & Bradstreet as a management associate in 1992. Cognizant was started as an in-house project of Dun & Bradstreet in the year 1994.
He was promoted to the position of CEO in January 2007 and then later joined the board of General Electric as it’s youngest director.
Francisco D’Souza Networth & Salary (approx) – $11.95 million per year
#11. Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia
Full name –Rajeev Suri
Born – 10th October 1967
Place of birth –New Delhi, India
Rajeev Suri is an Singaporean Indian business executive. He is one of those rare top corporate executives who achieved the heights in business without any PG/MBA degree.
He is currently a Singaporean citizen and based in Espoo, Finland. He did his Bachelor’s in Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology.
He holds more than 20 years of international experience and has worked in various positions such as strategy, product marketing, sales etc. to name a few. He joined Nokia in 1995 and was appointed as the company’s CEO 29th April 2014.
Rajeev Suri Networth & Salary (approx) – 1,829,401 Euros per year
#12. Rakesh Kapoor, CEO of NetApp
Full name- Rakesh Kapoor
Born- 4th August 1958
Place of birth – Bareilly, India
Rakesh Kapoor is an Indian businessman and the chief executive of Reckitt Benckiser, a UK FTSE listed multinational company. The company oversees the areas of consumer goods, health & hygiene and home products.
He was educated at Modern School, New Delhi, India and holds a BE(Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science(BITS), Pilani and an MBA from Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur.
He joined Benckiser in 1987 as Regional Sales manager and then slowly made his way up the ranks.
Rakesh Kapoor Networth & Salary (approx) – GBP 23.2 million pounds per year
#13. Parag Agrawal, CEO of Twitter
Full name – Parag Agrawal
Age – 37 Years (as of 2021)
Place of birth – Ajmer, Rajasthan (INDIA)
Education – Indian Institue of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay), PhD from Stanford University
Parag Agrawal joined Twitter in 2011 as a software engineer, He was raised in Ajmer, Rajasthan then later moved to Mumbai, India. He has replaced former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and became the new CEO of Twitter on November 29th, 2021.
He graduated from IIT Bombay, and later moved to the USA, did his PhD from Stanford University, California.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s salary would be $1 million USD annually.
#14. Vasant Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis
Full name-Vasant Kalathur Narasimhan
Born – 1976
Mr Vasant Narasimhan is an Indian American doctor by profession and currently serves as the CEO of Novartis, a $133 billion dollar Medical business.
He did his Bachelor’s from the University of Chicago, in biological sciences and then his MD from Harvard Medical School and finally his master’s in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He joined Novartis in the year 2005. Fortune, in 2015, listed him at 7th position in their ’40 under 40’ list.
Vasant Narasimhan Net worth & salary – CHF13.1m( as of 2017)
#15. Padmasree Warrior, CEO NIO US
Full name – Yellepeddi Padmasree Vijayawada (Before marriage)
Born – 1961
Place of birth– Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
She was ranked as the 11th Most Influential Global Indian by The Economic Times and Fortune Magazine called her one of four rising stars on it’s Most Powerful Women list.
She comes from a Telugu Hindu family and did her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Delhi and further completed her master’s degree from Cornell University. She currently serves as the CEO OF NIO U.S and is responsible for handling Nio’s autonomous electric vehicles and overall user experience.
Padmasree Warrior Net worth & salary (approx)– $1.46 million dollars.
The list of Indian CEO’s of international companies worldwide is endless, All these achievements and worldwide recognitions only make us more proud of our being Indian. For more inspirational and positive stories like this, stay connected and don’t forget to share these stories with all your loved ones. ☺
*All the data has been gathered from the internet and the figures may vary.