11 Indians Who Fill Us With Pride With Their Massive Contributions To The World
Sundar Pichai’s new feat as the CEO of reconstructed Google comes as a refreshing breath of air. It reminds us how Indians, with their determination and grit, have ventured out in the world to be where they are right now – at the top.
As we celebrate yet another win for India – thanks to the young and dynamic Pichai here – it’s only apt that we look at a few other biggies who have changed the Indian pride-landscape with their unique, noticeable ways in the world.
1. Indira Nooyi, Chairperson & CEO PepsiCo
Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management, Indira Nooyi heads the second largest F&B company in the world. An inspiration to women everywhere, she ranks #15 on Forbes’s list of Power Women for 2015.
2. Pandit Birju Maharaj, Kathak Guru
Recipient of honours like the National Award and Padma Vibhushan, Pandit Birju Maharaj is an unparalleled Kathak legend. With disciples across the world, Panditji loves to translate stories and anecdotes from his life into his dance.
3. Rakesh Kapoor, CEO, Reckitt Benckiser
Rakesh Kapoor is another prominent name in the business world. A BITS-Pilani and XLRI graduate, he has proven to be instrumental in the growth of the company.
4. Francisco D’Souza, CEO, Cognizant
Fondly known as Frank, he is already making waves across the globe. He was a part of the team that founded the NASDAQ-100 organisation way back in 1994. He took over from Lakshmi Narayanan in 2007 and he was only 38 years old at that time.
5. Mary Kom, Indian Boxer
This Manipur-born Indian boxer has only made us prouder with every successive honour she has bagged over the years, including the Padma Bhushan. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing Champion and the only woman boxer to have won medals in all six world championships.
6. Ajay Banga, President & CEO, MasterCard
This IIM-A graduate is a world leader in his own right and there’s no denying that. He made India proud when President Obama appointed him as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
7. Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
Satya Nadella is considered one of the superheros of the Silicon Valley. Coupled with Sundar Pichai, Nadella is also regarded as one of the most influential business leaders in the world, dominating the top ranks of the most technologically-powerful companies, and in his case, Microsoft itself.
8. Chanda Kocchar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank
Another inspiration for women everywhere, Chanda Kocchar heads the largest private bank in India and is a force to reckon with. With her knowledge of the field she works in, she has remarkably reshaped the countenance of banking in recent years. She has been honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan.
9. Ivan Menezes, CEO, Diageo
Menezes has previously worked with Hamilton and Nestle, and holds a couple of non-executive positions – for instance, he sits on the Global Advisory Board of Kellogg School of Management. With his new role as the CEO of Diageo, he now rubs shoulders with the likes of Indira Nooyi as “Indian-origin chief executives of Fortune 500 companies.”
10. Piyush Gupta, CEO-Director, DBS Group
A world-renowned banker, Gupta has been the company CEO since 2009. A St.Stephens and IIM-A graduate, Gupta has taken DBS to new heights – transforming it and enabling it to eat a larger portion of the profit-pie. He was also named the Singapore Business Leader of the Year by CNBC in 2014.
11. Rakesh Sachdev, CEO, Sigma-Aldrich
An IIT-Delhi graduate and an MBA from Indiana University, Rakesh Sachdev brings with him a sizable experience of 28 years which reverberates through his very personality. He is among the most prominent Indian-origin CEOs.