That Windows operating system you used before the bitten Apple fell on your desktop, the guru who answers all your questions a.k.a Google, your shopping partner MasterCard, the good old Nokia and even your pizza’s accompaniment, Pepsi, are all led and taken care of by Indians who worked their way up the corporate ladder.
Satya Naryana Nadella more commonly known as Satya Nadella was named Microsoft’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2014. The title came to him after working for more than two decades at the multinational technology company. The Hyderabad born electrical engineer played a major role in shifting the company to Cloud Computing. He was the Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group and was responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and computing services. He is a successor to Steve Ballmer at the tech-giant.
Pichai Sundarajan better known as Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google Inc. Born in Tamil Nadu, Pichai earned a degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, West Bengal. He joined the company in 2004 and led the roll out of chrome and oversaw some of its key apps such as Gmail and Maps. Formerly Product Chief at Google, Pichai positioned into his current role on August 10, 2015 as part of a restructuring process which made Alphabet Inc. Google’s parent company.
Ajaypal Singh Banga is the President and the CEO to the American multinational, MasterCard. He began his duties for the financial services provider on July 1, 2010. He works closely with the U.S. India Business Council (USIBC), Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum. He is a graduate in Economics from St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University and an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. In 2016, the Government of India conferred him with Padma Shri-the fourth highest civilian award of the nation.
The Finnish communications and IT company, Nokia has New Delhi born Rajeev Suri as its CEO. Suri has had various positions in the company since 1995 and became the CEO of the multinational company when it completed the sale of its phone division to Microsoft Mobile. He was the CEO of Nokia Solutions and Networks earlier. He studied engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology and is one of the rarest corporate leaders to be at such a position without holding a masters degree. He is now based in Espoo, Finland, where Nokia headquarters is.
PepsiCo, Inc., the American food and beverage giant has Chennai born Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi as its CEO. She has a Bachelors degree in sciences and a Post-Graduate Diploma in management from the Indian Institute Of Management. She went to Yale to earn a master’s degree in Public and Private Management. Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named its CFO in 2001 and CEO in 2006. Forbes magazine has consistently added her in their list of the world’s 100 most powerful women and she has various similar awards to her name. She was elected as the chairwoman of the U.S. India Business Council (USIBC) and leads its Board of Directors. The mother of two has also been awarded by former Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee.