Thursday, April 3, 2008

Top NRI CEOs of global firms

Top NRI CEOs of global firms

April 03, 2008

Many Non-Resident Indians have made India proud. Across the globe, Indians have excelled in various walks of life, be it films, literature, media, politics, sports, academics, science, engineering, information technology, research, medicine. . . you name it.

And their contribution the world over has been has been noted and rewarded, especially in the world on business and economics.

So check out some of the top Non-Resident Indian CEOs and entrepreneurs who have carved a niche for themselves in the global arena.

The Indian flag flies high.

Indra Nooyi

Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is the chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, the world's fourth-largest food and beverages company. On August 14, 2006, she was named to succeed Steve Reinemund as the company�s chief executive officer.

According to Forbes magazine's 2007 poll, Nooyi is the fifth most powerful woman in the world. She has been named the Most Powerful Woman in Business in 2006 & 2007 by Fortune magazine.

Image: PepsiCo's chairperson and CEO Indra Nooyi.

Vikram Pandit

Since he was a teenager, Vikram Pandit, now 50, is said to have been always focused on reaching the top. The Nagpur-born Pandit is the chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Citigroup, one of the world�s largest financial services companies.

Pandit is the first Indian American to be at the helm of a mammoth Fortune 500 company that ranked 8th on the list of 2007 Fortune 500.

Pandit went to the United States at the age of 15 with his parents. Pandit graduated with a bachelor�s degree in electrical engineering from Columbia in 1976, and later earned a doctorate in finance from Columbia.

Pandit serves on the boards of Columbia University, Columbia Business School, India School of Business Hyderabad, India and the Trinity School (NY).

He is a former board member of Nasdaq, New York City Investment Fund, American India Foundation and the Council on US Competitiveness.

Image: Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit.

Lakshmi Mittal

Steel tycoon Lakshmi Niwas Mittal is the richest Indians on the planet, with net worth of $45 billion. He is the chief executive officer of the world's largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal.

Mittal left India in the mid-1970s to start his career. Through the next thirty years he went on to become the world's largest steel manufacturer.

With 10 per cent of the world's steel making capacity under his belt, he is truly the sultan of steel.

Image: ArcelorMittal CEO Lakshmi Mittal.

Arun Sarin

Arun Sarin is the chief executive officer of the United Kingdom-based global mobile telecommunications company Vodafone Group Plc.

Sarin started his professional career in 1978 as an environmental analyst for a Washington, DC, consulting firm. In 1981, he joined Natomas in California as a corporate development manager.

Arun Sarin entered telecom industry in 1984, when he joined Pacific Telesis Group in San Francisco. At Pacific Telesis Group, Arun worked closely with Sam Ginn, the legendary telecommunications entrepreneur.

He worked with Pacific Telesis in various professional and executive positions for 10 years, and was later appointed vice president of corporate strategy.

Image: Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin.

Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior is the chief technology officer of technology giant Cisco

Warrior is one of the highest ranking Indian-American women in the field of technology in the United States.

Prior to joining Cisco, Warrior was CTO of Motorola and the driving force behind the mobile major's growth and innovative successes.

She quit the company when Motorola�s chief executive officer Ed Zander decided to give up his job too.

Warrior was with Motorola since 1984 and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (from where she received her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering). She then obtained her master of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.

She was also the company's first female executive vice president.

At Motorola, Warrior was also responsible for the success of Motorola Labs, the global software group and emerging early-stage businesses of the company. Her operational responsibilities included leading a global team of 4,600 technologists, prioritising technology programmes, creating value from intellectual property, guiding creative research from innovation through early-stage commercialisation, and influencing standards and roadmaps.

Image: Padmasree Warrior accepting the National Medal of Technology Award from President George W Bush

Shantanu Narayen

April 03, 2008

Shantanu Narayen is the chief executive officer of the $3 billion software major, Adobe Systems Inc. The Hyderabad native has taken over from CEO Bruce Chizen, effective December 1.

The 44-year-old Narayen, who joined Adobe in 1998, leads the company�s day-to-day global operations in his current position and sets Adobe�s long-term market strategies, oversees all product research and development, worldwide sales, corporate strategy and investments, and corporate and product marketing.

Together with Chizen, Narayen spearheaded the acquisition of Macromedia, Inc its potential rival in 2005, expanding Adobe�s software platform and solutions and strengthening the company�s presence in key markets ranging from video to enterprise software to mobile solutions.

Before joining Adobe in 1998, Narayen, an electronics graduate from Osmania University, Hyderabad, was co-founder of Pictra, Inc., an early pioneer of digital photo sharing over the Internet. Previously, he served as director of desktop and collaboration products at Silicon Graphics, Inc. and held various senior management positions at Apple Computer, Inc.

Image: Shantanu Narayen, CEO, Adobe Systems Inc.

Deven Sharma

Deven Sharma was named president of Standard & Poor's in August 2007.

Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the world's foremost provider of financial market intelligence, including independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data.

With approximately 8,500 employees, including wholly owned affiliates, located in 21 countries, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions.

Prior to being named president, Deven served as executive vice president, Standard & Poor�s, where he was responsible for Investment Services and Global Sales.

Deven joined The McGraw-Hill Companies in January 2002 from Booz Allen Hamilton, a global management consulting company, where he was a partner.

He has a bachelor's degree from the Birla Institute of Technology in India, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctoral degree in Business Management from Ohio State University.

Image: Deven Sharma, President, Standard & Poor's.

Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla is one of the world�s top most venture capitalists. A co-founder of Sun Microsystems, he is general partner at the venture capital major Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers.

A noted Indian American, Khosla was also instrumental in establishing the influential group, The Indus Entrepreneurs.

Khosla holds an electrical engineering degree from IIT Delhi, an MS from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Fresh out of Stanford, Khosla co-founded technology company Sun Microsystems, along with Scott McNealy.

He quit Sun in 1985 and joined Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers in 1986.

Four years ago, he launched his own venture capital firm: Khosla Ventures. One of his major investments is in noted microfinance unit, SKS Microfinance.

Image: Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla.

Amar Bose

Amar Bose recently joined the ranks of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Alva Edison, after the National Inventors Hall of Fame announced his name as one of the seven living 2008 inductees.

Dr Bose, a former MIT professor of electrical engineering who has revolutionized the quality and concept of stereo loudspeakers, is only the second Indian American after Dr Rangaswamy Srinivasan, whose invention of ultraviolet surgical and dental procedures resulted in what is known today as LASIK surgery, to be inducted in the Hall of Fame.

Dr Bose, son of a political dissident who had immigrated from Kolkata, was raised just outside Philadelphia and began his career at the age of 13 repairing radios in his basement during the Second World War.

According to MIT's biography of Dr Bose, who is both an alumnus and former professor of the institution, his passion for technology continued at MIT, where he earned Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering. He embarked after his BS on a personal crusade to invent a stereo loudspeaker that would reproduce, in a domestic setting, the vivid sound that a member of the audience hears at a great concert hall.

In 1956, he was asked to join the faculty at MIT, where he taught until 2001. His research at MIT led to the development of new, patented technologies.

In time he succeeded in achieving this goal inventing the direct/reflecting speaker system in 1968, one of the first stereo loudspeakers to utilize the space around them instead of reproducing sound as if in a vacuum. He has also worldwide fame with customized sound systems for automobiles and active noise reducing headphones.

The Hall of Fame noted that under his leadership 100 per cent of profits of the company are reinvested back into the company, enabling advancements in non-audio areas.

Image: Dr Amar Bose.

Rajiv Gupta

April 03, 2008

Rajiv L Gupta is chairman of the Philadelphia-based $6 billion specialty-materials company running operations in more than 25 countries.

Gupta has served Rohm & Haas in 13 different positions in three different regions of the world, including Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2002 he was recognized for his outstanding leadership by the Commercial Development and Marketing Association, and in 2003 Rohm & Haas ranked second on Fortune magazine's list of America's most-admired companies.

Image: Rajiv L Gupta, Chairman and CEO, Rohm & Haas.

1 comment:

mohnish said...

very good compilation......
thanks for this........
one day i would like to be these people.......and make INDIA proud...