Indians are excelling in an entire gamut of fields these days. From cooking to cricket, water surfing to tree hugging they are excelling everywhere! However, the recent appointment of Sundar Pichai as the CEO of Google attests that we are ruling the roost and leading esteemed organisations with panache. We’ll be focusing on seven Most influential Indian CEO’s who have climbed all the way to the top of the corporate ladder. This is the better time to get business savvy, huh?
Top Tech Leaders from India:
Here is a list of Top Tech Leaders from India.
1. Satya Nadella:
Current Position: CEO of Microsoft
Net Worth: $84 Million
Born in Hyderabad, Satya Nadella was appointed as the CEO on 4th February 2014 before which he was the Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprises group. He is a cricket enthusiast who has mentioned about the role of the sport in teaching him how to lead and be a team player.
His vision, as stated by him during the keynote speech on the first day of Microsoft’s Build Conference is he wants technology to bring out the best in people, not the worst. He wants Microsoft to be pioneers in the field of helping people change the world by dint of their creativity.
He enjoys watching Test cricket and reading poetry. He believes poetry is the best form of Code.
It’s like code,” he says.
“You’re trying to take something that can be described in many, many sentences and pages of prose, but you can convert it into a couple lines of poetry and you still get the essence, so it’s that compression.”
2. Sanjay Mehrotra:
Current Position: CEO of SanDisk
Annual Salary: $9.67 Million/Year
He became the CEO in January 2011 prior to which he served as SanDisk’s President and Chief Operating Officer starting in 2006. He had Co-founded the company in 1998.
It’s awe inspiring to learn that this individual who earned 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) holds 71 Patents!
3. Rajeev Suri:
Current Position: CEO of Nokia Solutions
Annual Salary: €932,666
This individual who was born in New Delhi was appointed as the CEO in May 2014 after the sale of Nokia’s phone division to Microsoft Mobile was completed. Interestingly, he does not have any MBA degree. Talk about innate business virtuosity! He is a fitness enthusiast and loves music.
4. Shantanu Narayen:
Current Position: CEO of Adobe Systems
Annual Salary: $875,000/year
Brought up in Hyderabad, this man was appointed as CEO in November 2007. Prior to that, he was the president and chief operating officer at Adobe. Narayen had also co-founded Pictra Inc., which was an early pioneer of digital photo sharing over the Internet.
He is president of the board of the Adobe Foundation, which funds philanthropic initiatives around the world.
His love for water has persisted since his childhood, and his ideal idea of relaxation is a book by the sea.
5. Sundar Pichai:
Current Position: CEO of Google Inc.
Net Worth: $150 Million
This technical visionary whose full name is Sundarajan Pichai had a modest upbringing in a two-room apartment in the state of Tamil Nadu. His has reportedly received a compensation of $100.5m in 2015. As the new CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai has certainly come a long way.
Prior to his appointment in October 2015, he was the product chief at Google. The man behind the success of Android had his first encounter with a phone when he was 12 years old.
His story is a testimony to the fact that nothing is impossible. It’s highly improbable for a metallurgical and materials engineering alumnus of IIT Kharagpur to have a successful career at Google, but he has defied all odds by climbing to the zenith of the corporate ladder.
This soccer and cricket enthusiast did his Masters in engineering and materials science at Stanford University and went on to pursue an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. When Pichai was preparing to go to the USA to fulfil his American Dream, his father had taken out more than a year’s salary from the bank to make it happen. Well, to all of you reading this, dreams do come true!
6. Ajaypal Singh Banga
Cuttenr Posiiton: CEO of MasterCard
Total Compensation: $5.98 million
This individual who was born in Pune took over the administration in July 2010. He is the chairman of the U.S – India Business Council. He has an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad and has worked with companies like Nestle, PepsiCo, and Citigroup.
He has recently been awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 2016.
7. Sanjay Kumar Jha
Current Position: CEO of GlobalFoundries
Born in Bihar, this man was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of GlobalFoundries in January 2014. He has also held the top spot at Motorola Mobility. He is reportedly one of the highest paid CEO’s in the US, as listed by the wall street journal.
If these people, coming from different parts of India can achieve the most coveted position in the corporate sector; if this motley of Indians could battle economic hardships and the vicissitudes of life to come out stronger and reach the zenith in their careers, so can you.
No situation is impossible to overcome. You just have to keep your head held high and focus on the job at hand. The captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had realised the aspirations and dreams of a billion Indians on that fateful night in 2011 with a stupendous six. Later in an interview, someone asked him what was going through his mind when he hit the six.
And this is what he said:
“I was thinking about how many more runs are required for victory.”
Do your job with the utmost conviction. Everything else will follow naturally. Feeling Inspired yet?
This article is written by Sonali Sharma. Hope you will like the list of Most influential Entrepreneurs from India.