Indians Holding Top Positions At MultiNational Companies


A  corporation  that  has  its  facilities  and  other  assets  in  at  least  one  country  other than  its home  country. Such companies have offices and/or factories in different countries and usually have a centralized head office where they co-ordinate global management. Very large multinationals have budgets that exceed those of many small countries. 

India is coming under the limelight and on the way of owning the tag of being the fastest growing market for international companies. In such scenario many Indians are also making their presence into the boardrooms of few of the big hot shot Multi National Companies. Indians are increasingly rising to the top of global corporate giants and managing the business together. The multi-national giants like Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, Adobe, MasterCard , LSI Corporation  and  Motorola having Indian-origin persons in their top leadership positions.

There are about a dozen large global companies outside India with Indians or persons of Indian origin in their top management positions. The great example is of  Satya Nadella the CEO at software giant Microsoft, the more trained Indians professionals are taking the top positions in the world. There are many other Indians heading the businesses at relatively smaller companies abroad, Specially in the IT sector many large companies have got India-born chief executives.

The big conglomerations include Microsoft, PepsiCo, Arcelor Mittal, Deutsche Bank, Diageo, Reckitt Benckiser  (Rakesh Kapoor), MasterCard  (Ajay Banga),  DBS Group Holdings  (Piyush Gupta), SanDisk  (Sanjay Mehrotra), Global foundries(Sanjay Jha) , LSI  (Abhijit Talwalkar),  Symantec (Chirantan Desai)  and  Adobe  (Shantanu Narayen) .  

Indians Holding Top Positions at Multi- National Companies:

1.Abhijit Talwalkar  (President  & CEO) , LSIUntitled

Abhijit Y. Talwalkar, Abhi, has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of LSI Corporation since May 23, 2005. Prior to LSI Talwalkar served as the Corporate Vice President in Intel Corporation. Since Talwalkar joined LSI, he has really added the company’s profit margin of LSI, which  design semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in data centers , mobile networks and client computing.

2. Satya Nadella  President (Server & Tools Business), MicrosoftUntitled

Satya Nadella is a native of Hyderabad, India who holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and also an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 1992 Nadella joined Microsoft Corporation and currently occupies the position of President of the $19-billion division of the tech giant, which itself is bigger than many MNCs.

 3. Chirantan Desai (Executive VP, Information  Management), SymantecUntitled

Chirantan “CJ” Desai is Executive Vice President of Information Management at Symantec Corporation .  Chirantan heads etc for Information Management division and handles the product strategy & development of the security software giant. Desai earned a master’s degree in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration  from  the  University  of  Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

4. Indra Nooyi  (Indian-American Business Executive Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer),  PepsiCo

Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is an Indian-American business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief UntitledExecutive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue. According to Forbes, she is consistently ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Nooyi  joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named president and CFO in 2001. Nooyi has directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led PepsiCo’s restructuring, including the 1997 divestiture of its restaurants into Tricon, now known as Yum! Brands .  Nooyi also took the lead in the acquisition of Tropicana in 1998, and merger with Quaker Oats Company, which also brought Gatorade to PepsiCo. In 2006 she became the fifth CEO in PepsiCo’s 44-year history.

5. Harish  Manwai (Chief Operating Officer), Unilever

Harish Manwani is the chief operating officer of Unilever, non-executive chairman of Hindustan Unilever and a Untitleddirector of Whirlpool Corporation. In 1976,  Manwani joined the then Hindustan Lever Limited. He became a member of the board and took the responsibility of Personal Products business as Director. He also took care of business group in Central Asia and Middle East.He joined Unilever in 2005 as President of Asia and Africa division. He was also made non-executive chairman of Hindustan Unilever. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business and serves on the Supervisory Board  of  ING Groep NV. He was appointed as the global COO for Unilever in June 2011.

6.Shantanu  Narayen  (Chief Executive Officer) ,  Adobe  Systems

Shantanu  Narayen is the CEO of Adobe Systems. Prior to this post, he held the role as the President and Chief UntitledOperating Officer since 2005. He is also the President of the board of the Adobe Foundation. He started his career at Apple. After Apple,  Narayen served as director of desktop and collaboration products for Silicon Graphics, then co-founded  Pictra Inc., a company that pioneered the concept of digital photo sharing over the Internet. Narayen  joined Adobe in 1998 as a senior Vice-President of worldwide product research, was later promoted to executive vice president of worldwide products, and appointed to his current post in January 2005 at the age of 41.

 7. Anshu Jain (Co-Chief executive officer) ,Deutsche BankUntitled

 Anshuman Jain is an Indian business executive. He took over as Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank on June 1, 2012 to succeed Management Board Chairman Josef Ackermann. Jain is a member of Deutsche Bank’s Management Board and, as head of the Corporate and Investment Bank since July 2010, was globally responsible for Deutsche Bank’s corporate financesales and trading, and transaction banking business. As of July 25, 2011,  Jürgen Fitschen  and  Anshu Jain, both members of the Management Board of the Bank, will be nominated as Co-Chairmen of the Board and the Group Executive Committee of the Bank effective at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting 2012.

 8. Ajay  Banga  (President and Chief Executive Officer) , MasterCardUntitled

Ajaypal Singh Banga is the current president and chief executive officer of MasterCardMasterCard announced on April 12, 2010 that Ajay Banga, previously  MasterCard’s president and chief operating officer, had been named by the Board of Directors to serve as the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2010. The company also announced that Banga would become a member of MasterCard’s  Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Banga, 50, succeeded  Robert W. Selander, who had been MasterCard’s chief executive officer since March 1997.Untitled

 9. Sanjay Jha (CEO of Global Foundries and Former Chairman CEO), Motorola Mobility

 Sanjay Kumar Jha (born 1963) is the CEO of GLOBAL FOUNDRIES and former chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility. On August 4, 2008 it was announced he would be the new CEO for the Motorola Mobile Devices business.

 10.  Rakesh  Kapoor ( Chief executive officer), Reckitt Benckiser Group

Rakesh  Kapoor is an Indian businessman, Chief Executive of Reckitt Benckiser plc, a UK FTSE-listed multinationalUntitled consumer goods company, a major producer of health, hygiene and home products.

Kapoor joined RB when it was known, pre-merger with Benckiser, as Reckitt & Colman in 1987, serving in various roles including: Regional Sales Manager, North India; General Manager, Indian Southern Region; and Regional Marketing Director, South Asia. In 1999, he was appointed Global Category Director, Pest Control. Following the merger, he assumed the role of, Senior Vice President, Home Care. He was appointed SVP, Regional Director, Northern Europe in 2001 and in July 2006, he was promoted to EVP, Category Development, with responsibility for global category management, research and development, media, market research and strategic alliances. Kapoor  took over as CEO on 1 September 2011 from Bart Becht, who had been in post since the company was created in 1999 through the merger of Benckiser with Reckitt & Colman.


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