Meet 10 Indians who head global companies

Have a look at Indian-origin leaders who have made it big in the world of business with top jobs abroad.


Sundar PichaiCEO, Google

“I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as him to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations. I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that,” Larry Page, Co-founder Google said in a blog post about Sundar Pichai after appointing him as Google’s CEO.

Sundararajan Pichai (Tamil  பிச்சை சுந்தரராஜன்), better known as Sundar Pichai, is a technology executive who is Chief Executive Officer of Google Formerly Product Chief at Google, Pichai was announced as the next Chief Executive Officer of Google on August 10, 2015,

Pichai was born in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India & Pichai completed his Class X at Jawahar Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School,Chennai and completed the Class XII from Vana Vani school located in the IIT campus, Chennai.Pichai earned his degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur(IIT KGP) in Metallurgical Department. He holds an MS from Stanford University in Material Sciences and Engineering &  a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Pichai joined Google in 2004 where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google's client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS.





Satya Nadella
CEO, Microsoft

 Nadella is the current chief executive officer (CEO) of Microsoft.One of the biggest success stories of an Indian in the technology space comes from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. He was appointed as CEO on 4 February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Nadella was born in Telugu family in Hyderabad (AP) India,

Nadella attended bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology
in 1988.(Affiliated with Mangalore University). He did his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Nadella said he "always wanted to build things".At Microsft Nadella has led major projects including the company's move to cloud computing and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world. He also has an interest in cricket (his passion growing up), having played in his school team. He has mentioned having learned something about leadership and teamwork from cricket.




Shiv Nadar

Chairman, HCL

Shiv Nadar (born 14 July 1945) is an Indian indus and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. Nadar founded HCL in the mid-1970s.

Shiv Nadar was born in 1945, in Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu. He completed his graduation from The American College, Madurai and degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from PSG college of Technology. He started his career at Walchand Group's Cooper Engineering in Pune in 1967.

In 1996 Nadar founded SSN college of Engineering in Chennai, in the name of his father Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar. The planned university will come up at Dadri in UP, with facilities to cater to at least 8,000 students in multiple disciplines. Around, 5,000 students a year will study in the schools.


Indra Nooyi

CEO, Pepsico


Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi (born 28 October 1955) is an India-born, naturalized American, business executive and the current Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue. She has consistently ranked among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2014, she was ranked 13 in the list of Forbes World's 100 most powerful women.

Nooyi holds a bachelor's degree from Madras Christian College, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale School of Management.



Shantanu Narayen
CEO, Adobe


Nine years after joining Adobe, Narayen was appointed as CEO in 2007.
 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.


 Lakshmi Mittal
CEO, ArcelorMittal

The Indian-origin steel magnate is worth with an estimated wealth of 17.51 bn pounds, has retained his position as the richest person in the UK for the seventh year in a row in 2011. He is second richest man in Europe and is currently the sixth richest individual in the world.
His daughter Vanisha Mittal's marriage was the most expensive in the recorded history of the world. Lakshmi Mittal was born into a Marwari business family in Churu district of Rajasthan. He graduated from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.



Rashmi Sinha is an Indian-American businesswoman and CEO of San Francisco-based technology company SlideShare. In 2012,
Sinha was born in Lucknow, India.Rashmi grew up in India and earned a PhD in cognitive neuropsychology at Brown University. There, Rashmi took computer science courses with Andy van Dam, so she had some exposure to the HCI (human-computer interaction) way of thinking.
In 2008, Rashmi was named one of the World's Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 by Fast Company



Rakesh Kapoor 
CEO, Reckitt Benckiser 
Rakesh Kapoor (born 4 August 1958)[2] is an Indian businessman, Chief Executive of Reckitt BenckiserReckitt Benckiser plc, a UK FTSE-listed multinational consumer goods company, a major producer of health, hygiene and home products.
Kapoor took over as CEO on 1 September 2011 from Bart Becht. His salary for 2014 was £11.2 million.
Kapoor was educated at Modern School, New Delhi, has a BE (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, and an MBA fromXLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur.



Vikram Pandit
ex-CEO, Citigroup
He is the former chief executive of Citigroup, a position he held from December 2007 until he was forced to resign, on 16 October 2012.
He studied at Bishop Cotton School in Nagpur and then completed his schooling at the Dadar Parsee Youths Assembly High School in Dadar, Mumbai and when he was 16 years old, moved to the United States.He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and MBA and Ph.D in Finance from Columbia Business School. Pandit, a naturalized citizen of the United States. 
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