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Success Stories: Top Indian CEOs and their academic profiles

Sep 26, 2017 14:50 IST
Success Stories: Top Indian CEOs and their academic profiles
Success Stories: Top Indian CEOs and their academic profiles

All of us have dreams but there are only few people who are daring enough to give their everything for the fulfilment of those aspirations. There are numerous examples of Indian business and tech giants who have made the country proud on a global level. Their journey of excellence started in college itself and if you are curious about the institutions they got their education from, here is the complete list for you.

Sundar Pichai, CEO Google


Sundar Pichai was born in Tamil Nadu, India and grew up in a two-room apartment to become one of the most powerful CEOs in the world. Now the Chief Executive Officer, he acted as the product chief of Google till 2015.

Graduation: B.Tech in Metallurgy from IIT Kharagpur

Post Graduation: MS from Stanford University

MBA: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corporation


Satya Nadella was born into a Telugu-speaking family in Hyderabad (now Telangana), India. Before becoming CEO of Microsoft, he was Executive Vice President of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company's computing platforms, developer tools and cloud computing services.

Graduation: B.Tech in Electronics & Communication from Manipal Institute of Technology

Post Graduation: Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin

MBA: University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Shantanu Narayen, CEO & President, Adobe Systems


Shantanu Narayen grew up in Hyderabad, India, as the second son of a mother who taught American literature and a father who ran a plastics company. Prior to becoming the CEO of Adobe Systems and the president of the board of the Adobe Foundation, he acted as the president and chief operating officer of the same company since 2005.

Graduation: B.Tech in Electroincs from Osmania University

Post Graduation: Masters in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

MBA: University of California, Berkeley

Francisco D'Souza, CEO, Cognizant


D'Souza is a person of Indian origin (PIO) and hails from a Konkani-speaking family. He was born in Nairobi, Africa in 1968. He currently holds the position of CEO of Cognizant and was part of the team that founded the NASDAQ-100 company in 1994. Francisco has been Cognizant’s CEO since January 2007.

Graduation: BBA from University of East Asia and

MBA: Carnegie-Mellon University

Dinesh Paliwal, President & CEO, Harman International


Born in Agra, India, Paliwal was one of the seven children in a family of modest means. He married Ila Sharma attended University of Roorkee (Later renamed IIT Roorkee) and was later awarded a full scholarship to pursue advanced degrees in Engineering and Management at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA.

Graduation: BE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Post Graduation: MS in Applied Science and Engineering from Miami University

MBA: MBA in Finance from Miami University

Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO, SanDisk Corporation


Sanjay Mehrotra co-founded SanDisk in 1988 and served as President and CEO from 2011 until 2016. In April 2017, it was announced Mehrotra would be the next CEO of Micron Technology, taking over from Mark Durcan.

Graduation: B.E in Electrical Engineering

Post Graduation: M.E in Computer Sciences

MBA: Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program

Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson of the State Bank of India


Arundhati Bhattacharya was born in a Bengali family in the city of Kolkata. She spent her childhood in Bhilai. She is the first woman to be the Chairperson of State Bank of India. In 2016, she was listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

Graduation: B.A. in English Literature from Kolkata’s Lady Brabourne College

Post Graduation: M.A. in English Literature from Jadavpur University

Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank


Widely recognised for her role in shaping retail banking in India, Chanda Kochhar was born and raised in born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. She was ranked as the most powerful businesswoman in India in Forbes' list of 'The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2013'.

Graduation: B.A. in Economics from Jai Hind College in Mumbai

Post Graduation: M.A. in cost accountancy from Jai Hind College

MBA: Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

Vandana Luthra, founder of VLCC Health Care


Vandana Luthra is also the Chairperson of the Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council (B&WSSC), an initiative that provides training under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana scheme. She was honoured by the Government of India in 2013 with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for her contribution to the fields of trade and industry.

Graduation: B.A. in Economics from Jai Hind College in Mumbai

Post Graduation: M.A. in cost accountancy from Jai Hind College

MBA: Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

Indra Nooyi, chairperson and chief executive officer of PepsiCo


Nooyi was named on Wall Street Journal's list of 50 women to watch and listed among Time's 100 Most Influential People in The World in 2007 and 2008. Forbes named her the third most powerful woman in 2008. and 13 in 2014. Fortune ranked her the most powerful woman in business in 2009 and 2010.

Graduation: B.A. in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Madras Christian College of the University of Madras

MBA:  Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

The role of college goes beyond academics as this is the time which largely shapes the character of an individual. The above mentioned personalities took their college time seriously and their success is not hidden from anyone. Taking inspiration from them, you should also put your best foot forward and pass college with better knowledge of things.

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