Another Chief Technical Officer from India. Already, Barak Agrawal has been announced as the CEO of Twitter as many Indians have held the position of CEO of the world’s leading technology companies. In which companies are Indians currently leading? Do you know the story they made?
Satya Nadella – Microsoft
Born in Hyderabad in 1967, Nadila Manipal graduated from the Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and from the University of Wisconsin. He then completed his MBA from the University of Chicago. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, he worked for an American company called Sun Microsystems. He held several key positions at Microsoft. His role was crucial in improving Microsoft’s cloud services. In 2014, Satya Nadella was appointed as the third CEO of Microsoft, succeeding Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Satya Nadella played an instrumental role in letting Microsoft know the company’s strengths and weaknesses and get it back on the right track!
Arvind Krishna – IBM
Arvind Krishna was born in 1962 in Andhra Pradesh. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Kanpur and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He joined IBM in 1990 as Vice President of Research and Cloud Services at IBM. In 2019, IBM acquired an American software company called Red Hat. Aravinda Krishna had a lot to do with the acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion. After that, Arvind Krishna will be announced as CEO of IBM in April 2020. He will then be appointed as IBM President in January 2021. Arvind Krishna currently holds both responsibilities as Chairman and CEO of IBM.
Shantanu Narayan – Adobe
Shantanu Narayan was born in 1963 in Hyderabad. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad and a Master’s degree in Engineering from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA, followed by an MBA from University of California Business School. Prior to joining Adobe, Shantanu worked at Mecherox Automation Systems and Apple. Shantanu Narayan, co-founder of Pictra, is said to have pioneered digital photo sharing on websites. He then joined Adobe in 1998 as Senior Vice President of Product Development. Shantanu was announced as CEO of Adobe in 2007. Shantanu’s role in moving Adobe’s services from the desktop to the cloud is significant. Shantanu Narayan is still the CEO of Adobe as of now.
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Nikesh Arora – Palo Alto Network
Nikesh Arora was born in 1968 in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Completed Bachelor of Engineering at IIT Varanasi. He completed his graduate studies at Boston University and an MBA from Northeastern University. After graduating from college, Nikesh held leadership positions in a number of companies. Nikesh held various leadership positions at Google from 2004 to 2014. He left Google in 2014 to serve as President and COO (Chief of Operations) at Softbank. Nikesh Arora has also been a key board member of companies including Aviva, Airtel, Colgate Palmolive, Sprint, Softbank and Yahoo. Then, in 2018, he became the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American cybersecurity company Palo Alto.
Sundar Pichai – Alphabet
It does not need to be presented alone. A face we all know. Sundar Pichai was born in 1972 in Chennai. Sunder Pichchai holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Karachi, a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. Sundar Pichai joined Google in 2004. Sundar Pichai is in the development of Google Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google Drive. Under his guidance, Android became an integral part of Google. In August 2015 he was appointed CEO of Google. In 2017, Sundar Pichai was appointed to the Board of Directors of Alphabet. In December 2019, Sundar Pichai was named CEO of Alphabet.
Barak Agrawal – Twitter
Barack Agrawal is the latest addition to the list of Indian CEOs of leading technology companies. Barack was born in 1984 in Mumbai. Barak holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Bombay and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Joining as a civil engineer, Barak rose to become Twitter’s chief technology officer (Chief Technology Officer) in 2017. Prior to joining Twitter, he worked at Microsoft and Yahoo. After joining Twitter, Twitter launched the “Project Bluesky” project in 2019 to get rid of the misconceptions and slander circulating on Twitter. Responsibility for managing it has been assigned to Barak. Then, yesterday, Barak Agarwal was announced as the new CEO of Twitter.
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