Microsoft has become the biggest company to be headed by an Indian. Indian-born Mr. Satya Nadella appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the Board of Directors of the Internet giant Microsoft. The appoint of Mr. Nadella is a significant achievement as he joined a circle of India-origin executives manning top global companies.
Some global corporations led by Indian CEOs:
- Mr. Lakshmi Mittal – Chairman and CEO of Arcelor-Mittal, world’s largest steel making company. The Indian Steel mogul is one of the most influential and powerful figures globally.
- Ms. Indra Nooyi – Chairperson & CEO of PepsiCo, one of the largest food and beverage business in the world.
- Rakesh Kapoor – CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, the consumer goods giant is listed on London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
- Anshu Jain: Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank.
- Ajay Banga: President & CEO, MasterCard, an American financial services corporation that process payments between the banks of merchants when purchases are made through the brand card. Mr. Banga appointed CEO in July 2010.
- Sanjay Jha: Appointed as chief executive officer of GLOBALFOUNDRIES in January 2014. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world’s first full-service semiconductor foundry with a truly global manufacturing and technology footprint.
- Shantanu Narayen – President and CEO of Adobe Systems, one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies.
- Dinesh Paliwali: CEO of Harman International, a leading provider of premium audio and infotainment systems for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. He has served as the CEO since July 2007.
- Rajeev Vasudeva: Egon Zehnder.
- Ivan Menezes: CEO of alcoholic beverages firm Diageo PLC since July 1, 2013.
- Ajit Jain: Berkshire Hathaway Group.
- Piyush Gupta: DBS Group Holdings.
- Sanjay Mehrotra: CEO of SanDisk since January 1, 2011.
As per human resource experts, professionals in India have become global professionals. The technical skills and the behavioural patterns of Indians executives make them very much adaptable to any kind of situation they come across. Indians focus on good education and ability to work in difficult situations is aiding to this rising trend and more and more Indians could rise to top positions at global companies in the near future.