For decades, Indians have been playing an important part in giant global companies. Two of the world’s largest technology companies Microsoft and Google are led by the CEOs who are Indian-origin. There are many others who have made a lasting mark in the world of technology.
A little more than 30% of the 500 largest companies in the world have Indian executives. The most recent to arrive at this club is the CEO of Google.
Why Executives of Indian Origin Lead The Big Companies in The World?
Executives of Indian origin are in fashion and the reasons are two: Professional skills and their ability to understand emerging markets. They master the language very well because, although they studied their careers in Indian universities, the programs were developed entirely in the English language. Secondly, their ability to understand emerging markets is explained because they come from them. Mastercard, Pepsi, Microsoft, and Diageo are some of the firms that have fallen under the Indian charm.
A Harvard Business Review study states that, until mid-2013, 30% of the companies listed on the Fortune Global 500 were run by executives born in India. That puts this country on the same level as Switzerland or the United Kingdom as high-level talent provider. This percentage has been rising, as two key appointments have recently been made: Satya Nadella, who has taken over as CEO of Microsoft in 2014, and Sundar Pichai, who is the head of Google.
Being engineers, who have mostly studied at the best Indian universities and then completed their postgraduate and professional careers in the United States and Europe, has helped Indian CEOs to forge a sense of amity with their subordinates, who in the world of the technology are mostly engineers. Sanjay Jha, Motorola’s Chief Financial Officer, is famous for rolling up his sleeves and working with his development and software partners.
Another characteristic of Indian CEOs is that before reaching the top, they have been successful product managers within their respective companies. Sundar Pichai, for example, before becoming CEO of Google was the one who developed and launched the Chrome browser, despite the objections of then CEO Eric Schmidt. Then, he launched Chromebooks and low-cost Android phones, among other products.
The traditional references of India Curry, Yoga, or Bollywood, now we must add another export product: its “CEOs”.
With billions under his command, these are the companies that run by an Indian.
– Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft [the US $86,000 million]:
He is also well known as Mr. Nice because he is a good person. However, after his appointment, he has fired 18,000 people, which raised the price of Microsoft’s share. He is an electronic engineer, computer engineer, and business administrator.
– Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi [the US $67,000 million]:
Since 2006, she runs the second largest food company in the world. She is the first female CEO in the company’s 117 years and holds a position of exception for a woman in the strong Indian macho culture.
– Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google [the US $66,000 million]:
He is 43 years old and since 2004, he is working at Google. Sundar Pichai was graduated in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He then studied at Stanford and did an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
– Rakesh Kapoor, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser [the US $13,750 million]:
Brands of cleaning products, such as Vanish, Woolite, Dettol, and Harpic are in the portfolio of the British Reckitt Benckiser. That is one of the largest players in the industry worldwide.
The fact is that a country which is often associated with poverty is also the birthplace of great business presidents. And they have become a source of national pride and the Indian press often highlights the achievements of its compatriots.
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