Securing higher education at premier institutions is a dream most students see. Whether it is about studying Engineering courses at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) or management / business courses at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the talent and passion of Indian students is inspiring. Be it any stream, you’ll find an Indian, because of the culture of quality education. That’s the reason Indians are preferred globally for leadership as well as management roles. Their persistence to excel at their job can be understood by the efficient results they give.
Let’s take a look at Indians serving at top leadership roles abroad.
- Satya Nadella
CEO at Microsoft
With roots in Hyderabad, India – Satya Nadella studied Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) at Manipal Institute of Technology (then Mangalore University) followed by studying Masters in Science (MS) from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and MBA from University of Chicago. He is serving as the CEO of Microsoft since 2014, where he has headed extensive projects around the company’s move towards cloud computing.
- Indra Nooyi
Former CEO – PepsiCo
Born in Chennai, India – Indra Nooyi pursued Bachelors in Science (BS) from Madras Christian College, MS from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and MBA in Public and Private Management from the prestigious Yale University. Nooyi also did an internship at Booz Allen Hamilton during her days at Yale. She joined PepsiCo in 1994, and became its CEO in 2006. She was featured on number 13, in the top 100 most powerful women list released by Forbes Magazine in 2014.
- Sunder Pichai
CEO – Google & Alphabet
Sunder Pichai is a very popular name amongst the youngsters in the present day. He heads Alphabet Inc. & its subsidiary Google LLC. Pichai began working in Google in 2004 as a Materials Engineer, and took on the position of Product Chief before becoming Google’s CEO in 2015. He took over its parent company as CEO in 2019. He completed his B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur, MS from Stanford University & MBA from University of Pennsylvania.
- Padmasree Warrior
Former CEO at NIO Inc.
As the Chief Executive Officer, Padmasree formulated NIO’s autonomous electric vehicles and the overall user experience. She has held important roles at companies like Cisco and Motorola as well. Padmasree completed her BS from IIT Delhi in 1992 & Master’s in Science (Chemical Engineering) from Cornell University.
- Vinod Khosla
Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems (1982 – 2010) & Founder at Khosla Ventures
Vinod Khosla is an Indian American billionaire businessman & venture capitalist. In 2014, he was named in the list of 400 richest people in the United States by Forbes Magazine. Vinod did a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, & an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
- Ajaypal Singh Banga
President & CEO of MasterCard
Ajaypal Singh was born in Maharashtra, and did his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. Later his did PGP in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He started his career with Nestle, and worked there for 13 years managing different areas of operations.
He joined PepsiCo after that where he was involved in product launches. Banga took over as the President & CEO of MasterCard on 1st July 2010. He proudly served in Barack Obama’s leadership in the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2015. For his great accomplishments, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Govt. of India in 2016.
One thing is very clear from their stories. That education can take one places. Hard work and persistence is irreplaceable.
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