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Top corporate honchos who have done us proud globally

Their grit and determination are exemplary. Their decisions are spot on. They are highly qualified. All these combined have resulted in their meteoric rise in world renowned corporations. We all look up to them and wish to emulate their success.

While some of them are household names, others are not that much on our radar. Nevertheless, they all deserve plaudits for having achieved so much and making us proud globally.

To learn more about them, scroll below, where we have briefly chronicled their success stories.

 Sundar Pichai, CEO Google

From humble beginnings to the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai’s journey is the stuff of corporate legends. Having earned his undergraduate degree in engineering from the prestigious IIT Kharagpur in India, he went to US to study at Stanford University. He joined Google in 2004 and became its CEO in 2015 following its reorganisation into a wholly owned subsidiary of holding company Alphabet. He also became the highest paid CEO the same year. Responsible for product development, Android and Google Apps namely Gmail and Chrome are some of the products under his purview.

Ajay Banga, CEO MasterCard

Labelled as one of the “Best Performing CEOs in the World,” Banga joined MasterCard in 2010 as its chief operating officer and was made its CEO the following year. Under him, the company’s shares jumped manifold in an otherwise muted stock market due to his sagacious bets on technology and services. Besides growing the company organically, he also took the inorganic route. In 2016, he was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Shantanu Narayen, CEO Adobe

He worked in various product development roles at Apple and Silicon Graphics before co-founding Pictra, an online digital photo sharing company in 1996 to tap into the dotcom boom. While trying to sell his company to Adobe (he never succeeded, though) he landed a job in the latter. Within ten years he was promoted to the top spot in the organization. He is a big supporter of research and development and is the holder of five patents. He was named among the world’s best CEOs by Barron’s Magazine in 2016.

Indra Nooyi, CEO PepsiCo

The chairman and CEO of the beverage giant definitely “has it all” – a great career graph and a family. She has consistently featured in lists of most powerful women in the world for growing her company impressively through product diversification and expansion strategies. She is credited for having brought in healthier offerings in the face of declining soda consumption and is now in news for pushing the envelope further by focussing on developing women-centric snacks.

Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft

The third CEO of Microsoft, he has had a knockout stint so far. He infused new life into the company when it was faltering by banking upon cloud computing and augmented reality to generate growth. He also reshaped the organizational structure to make it more competitive. His strategies proved wildly successful in over three years’ time and took the tech titan’s market cap to a record high. Nadella oversaw the $26.2 billion acquisition of the professional network LinkedIn too.

Rajiv Suri, CEO Nokia

He assumed the mantle of CEO of the Finland-headquartered company in 2014. Since then, he has been focussed on pushing growth both through the organic and inorganic route. In his previous role as CEO of Nokia Solutions and Networks he upped the value of the company by almost tenfold. In fact, his experience in various roles in the company spanning operations, sales, business development and marketing made him the best choice for the top job.

Francisco D’Souza, Co-founder and CEO Cognizant

Since he took over as CEO in January 2007, Cognizant’s revenue grew tenfold making it overtake both Infosys and Wipro Ltd. He is now eyeing acquisitions and new growth areas to help offset the setbacks the company is facing of late.

George Kurian, CEO NetApp

As the top honcho of the storage and data management company NetApp, he pushed for cloud and flash storage which helped revenues soar. Before joining NetApp, Kurian held pivotal roles at Cisco Systems, Akamai Technologies, McKinsey & Company, and Oracle Corporation. Kurian earned his degree from Princeton University and then from Stanford.

Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO Micron

Sanjay Mehrotra co-founded flash memory storage company SanDisk in 1988 and was its CEO between 2011 and 2016. He spearheaded the $16 billion acquisition of the company by U.S. hard-disk maker Western Digital last year. He is currently CEO of chipmaker Micron Technology.

Ashok Vemuri, CEO Conduent

Conduent was spun off from the over-a-century old company Xerox that has become synonymous with photocopying, and Vermuri was made its CEO at the start of 2017. Earlier he was the CEO of iGate, where during his tenure he drastically improved the company’s brand and balance sheet. This made iGate the only IT services brand on the 2014 Fortune 100 Fastest Growing Companies list.