10 CEOs of Indian Origin Who Run the World's Most Powerful Tech Companies

Parag Agarwal is the new CEO of Twitter. This latest update is because of the resignation of Jack Dorsey, former Twitter CEO. Because of this new development, another big global tech company will now be led by an Indian-origin leader. Dorsey has been at the forefront for 16 years. Indian CEO’s are dominating the global big tech world with their unique talent and capabilities.

Indians have contributed significantly to the global dominance of technology-related big players. Indians lead some of the world's biggest and best firms, from Google to Microsoft, Cognizant to NetApp. They have proved why Indians are the best by making India extremely proud in the technology sector.

One thing unites all of the major tech giants, including Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, and now Twitter. What do you think?

Because they're all run by Indian CEOs with a sophisticated background.

Here’s a list of the top 10 CEOs of Indian Origin, ruling the global tech world!

Parag Agarwal, CEO of Twitter

Parag Agarwal has been named as the new Indian CEO of Twitter, following the departure of former CEO, Jack Dorsey. Agarwal is the most recent addition to the list of companies that led by CEO’s of Indian descent. Agarwal will also join the board of directors of Twitter. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay.

Sundar Pichai of Google

On August 10, 2015, Google appointed Sundar Pichai (Indian Origin) as its CEO. Though born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, he completed his B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur, MS from Stanford, and MBA from Wharton. He was previously the product head for Android, Chrome, Maps, and other popular Google products. Also, he was accountable for the development of the dominant Chrome web browser. He was named CEO of Alphabet, Google's parent company, in 2019. Android One, launched in September 2014 is one of Pichai’s favorite projects.

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Satya Nadella of Microsoft

Satyanarayan Nadella, popularly known as Satya Nadella heads Microsoft, a big-tech company. In 2014, he took over as the third CEO of Microsoft from Steve Ballmer. After a brief stay at Sun Microsystems, Nadella has been at Microsoft since 1992. He led Microsoft to cloud computing, where he assisted in the creation of one of the world's largest cloud infrastructures. Nadella pursued B.Tech from Manipal Institute of Technology and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Shantanu Narayen of Adobe

Shantanu Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as the senior vice president of worldwide product research. In 2005, he became the COO, and finally, in 2007, he took charge as the CEO. He possesses a great educational background because he holds a BSC. Degree from Osmania University and MBA from the University of California, Berkley. Also, he pursued MS from Bowling Green State University. He also earned a master's degree from Bowling Green State University. Before co-founding photo-sharing business Pictra, Narayen worked in product development at Apple and Silicon Graphics. In 2016, Barron's Magazine called him one of the top CEOs in the world.

George Kurian, NetApp

George Kurian was named CEO and president of NetApp, a data storage management company in June 2015. He initially served as Vice President of product operations. George formerly served as vice president and general manager of Cisco Systems' Application Networking and Switching Technology Group. Born in Kerala's Kottayam region, he studied engineering at IIT-Madras before switching to Princeton University, six months later. He also holds an MBA from Stanford. Kurian has a diverse professional background because of his experience with Akamai Technologies, McKinsey & Company, and Oracle Corporation.

Arvind Krishna of IBM

Leading IBM as Chairman since January 2021, Arvind Krishna is a prominent figure in the tech industry. Being Senior Vice President, he oversaw the company’s Cloud & Cognitive Software and Research divisions. He began his career with IBM in 1990. Arvind oversaw IBM's $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat. Krishna accomplished the CEO position by succeeding Ginni Rometty. Krishna earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.

Sanjay Jha, Global Foundries

Sanjay Jha was appointed CEO of Global Foundries, a semiconductor foundry that manufactures chip for industry titans such as AMD, Broadcom, Qualcomm, and STMicroelectronics, in January 2014. He previously served as CEO of Motorola Mobility and COO of Qualcomm. Just before Motorola, Sanjay spent 14 years with Qualcomm, eventually serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) from 2006 to 2008. Jha was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar, and earned a BS and a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool and Strathclyde, respectively.

Nikesh Arora of Palo Alto Networks

Nikesh Arora was previously employed by Google, rising to the position of senior vice president and chief business officer. He also served as president of SoftBank Group for two years, during which time he became the world's highest-paid executive, earning more than US$200 million over the course of two years. Arora is the CEO of Palo Alto Networks, a Californian cybersecurity company, in 2018. He received his education at Varanasi's Indian Institute of Technology, Boston College, and Northeastern University.

Francisco D’Souza of Cognizant

Francisco D'Souza is Cognizant's CEO and a member of the company's board of directors. He is one of the sector's youngest CEOs. He co-founded Cognizant in 1994 and during his tenure, the employee base increased from 55,000 to over 230,000. The son of an Indian diplomat, D’Souza was born in Kenya. He holds a BBA from the University of East Asia, Macau, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. D’Souza also serves on the board of General Electric as an independent director.

Jayshree Ullal, CEO of Arista Networks

The 60-year-old American businesswoman is the president and CEO of Arista Networks, a cloud networking company. Ullal was born in London and raised in Delhi. She completed her education in India and later attended San Francisco State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. She was named CEO & President of Arista Networks in October 2008 and was also named one of Barron's 'World's Best CEOs in 2018' and Fortune's 'Top 20 Business Persons in 2019'.

It's an extraordinary feeling to be an Indian when you hear the names of these powerful CEOs Indian who rule the world.

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