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A look at Indians leading global corporations


Joining the league of Indians leading multinational corporations (MNCs), Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella was recently named as the new CEO of Microsoft Corp. The other Indian-born CEO's include Pepsico's Indira Nooyi, Reckitt Benckiser's Rakesh Kapoor, Mastercard's Ajay Banga, Adobe's Shantanu Narayen, Duutsche Banks Co- CEO Anshuman Jain and Dinesh Paliwal of Harman International among others.

Hailing from different backgrounds and heading diverse corporations, commonalities among the C-suite corporates are not many except that they all have supplemented their educational qualification by pursuing higher studies in one of the foreign universities in the US or the UK and are in their early 50's or late 40's.


Satya Nadella who succeeds Steve Ballmer as the third CEO of Microsoft earned Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication stream from Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka. Later, he pursued MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Before being appointed at the helm of the technology giant, Nadella held the position of Executive-Vice President - Cloud and Enterprise group in the company. Engineering executive-Vice has been with the company for 22 years.

Chennai-born Indra Nooyi took over as the CEO of the global food and beverage major in the year 2006. A science graduate from Madras Christian College earned management diploma from IIM Calcutta and later supplemented her education with a master's degree in public and private management from Yale School of Management. Currently, at the top most position of the company, Indra Nooyi joined Pepsico in the year 1994 and made her contribution in the restructuring of the company with major mergers and acquisitions.

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen is another Hyderabad-born corporate honcho leading the global software major. Having studied Electronics Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, Narayen moved to the US to earn Master of Science in computer science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. During his 15 year long stint with the diversified software enterprise, Narayen through his technological insight, operational excellence and leadership enabled the company to reach new markets with its extended product portfolio.

Ajay Banga- CEO of MasterCard is a management graduate from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. Having born and bred in Khadki, Maharashtra, Banga started his career with Nestle. After serving across different domains such as general management, sales and marketing, Banga joined the financial services company in the year 2009 and moved up the ladder as the CEO of the company in 2010.


Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank Anshuman Jain was appointed to the position in June 2012. After having served the global bank for almost two decades. Jain in his current position oversees resource allocation, strategic management, risk management, corporate control and financial reporting and accounting. Hailing from Jaipur, Jain holds a degree in economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and an MBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The success of these and other Indian-born honchos leading global corporates as per research studies is attributed to their participative management style and inclination to build cordial relationships with subordinates.

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