When Jack Dorsey decided to resign as CEO of Twitter, a succession plan was in place. Parag Agrawal, who is still the chief technology officer of the social media giant until now, has been selected by the Twitter board to replace Dorsey. Agrawal, 37, is one of the youngest CEOs of a multinational company. The incredible rise of Agrawal has brought the emergence of Indians or Indian executives into the spotlight, who have already made their mark in major technology companies. So, who else studied or grew up in India to lead large technology companies? There are several of them.
On Monday, Irish billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Collison pointed out in a tweet the success of Indians in the tech world. Elon Musk is the innovator and operator of SpaceX and Tesla. One of the company’s sharpest minds agrees.
Naming the company run by Indians, Collison wrote on Twitter: “It’s great to see Indians have achieved amazing success in the tech world. This is a good reminder of the opportunities the United States offers for immigrants.” Therefore, Musk responded that the United States has benefited a lot from Indian talents.
Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, and Twitter now run by a CEO who grew up in India. It is great to see the amazing success of Indians in the scientific and technological world, which is a good reminder of the opportunities the United States provides for immigrants. ?????????????????? (Congratulations, @paraga! )
— Patrick Collison (@patrickc) November 29, 2021
The United States has benefited a lot from Indian talents!
-Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 29, 2021
Below are some other leading technology companies with Indian ancestry.
1) Sundar Pichai, Google
Pichai is the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. After Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin resigned from executive positions, he became Alphabet’s CEO in December 2019. Pichai was born in Tamil Nadu, grew up in Chennai, and studied at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Haragpur. Under Pichai’s leadership, Google has been focusing on the development of artificial intelligence-based products and services.
2) Satya Nadella, Microsoft
Nadella is the chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. He is from Hyderabad and has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is an avid reader of Indian poetry and has a passion for cricket.
3) Shantanu Narayen, Adobe
He is Chairman, President and CEO of Adobe, which is one of the largest software companies in the world. As the winner of Padma Shri, Narayen is also the vice chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, a master’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
4) Arvind Krishna, IBM
He is the chairman and chief executive officer of IBM. Arvind has a PhD. Undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Both universities awarded him prestigious alumni awards.
5) Sharmistha Dubey, matching
Sharmistha Dubey is the CEO of Match Group, which owns popular online dating services, including Tinder, Match.com, OkCupid, etc., since July 2020. She graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology and then went to the United States for further studies. During her collaboration with Match, she held many titles and roles, including the current one.
6) Nikesh Arora, Palo Alto Networks
Arora joined Palo Alto Networks as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of SoftBank Group. He studied in India and has a bachelor’s degree in technology. Majored in electrical engineering at Banaras Indian University College of Technology. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in finance from Boston College.
7) Sanjay Mehrotra, Micron Technology
Mehrotra is the President and CEO of Micron Technology, who joined the company in May 2017. Before that, he led SanDisk from its start-up in 1988 to its final sale in 2016. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science in the United States. UC Berkeley.
8) George Kurian, NetApp
Kurian joined NetApp in 2011 and was appointed CEO in June 2015. Before joining NetApp, he was the vice president and general manager of Cisco Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University.