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Indian executives shining in tech firms globally
Indian executives shining in tech firms globally
Posted Date:20-02-2011 Courtesy:
Bangalore: India's contribution to the tech world is globally recognized. Apart from the low end work done by Indian software developers and BPO workers, we mostly hear about those Indians who, with their entrepreneurial spirit, have left a remarkable mark in the world of technology. But beyond those cadres, there are a few who, by sheer grit and hard work, have got recognition in some of the best tech companies in the world. Here we have five Indian executives, who are among a handful of Indians leading global functions of big multinationals. Let's find out who they are.

Nikesh Arora, Google
Nikesh's Google journey started in 2004 and since then he has held several positions with the company. Currently, Nikesh oversees all revenue and customer operations, as well as marketing and partnerships of Google. Recently, Nikesh Google's global direct sales operations as well. He is responsible for developing and managing the company's operations in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets. Prior to joining Google, Nikesh was the Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the management board at T-Mobile. He also worked with Deutsche Telekom, Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments in Boston.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft
It was 1992, when Satya Nadella joined Microsoft. Being the President of the Servers and Tools Business (STB) at Microsoft, Nadella handles the overall business and technical vision, strategy, operations, engineering and marketing for Microsoft's $15 billion business. Nadella and his team are responsible for leading Microsoft's enterprise transformation into the cloud and providing the technology roadmap and vision for the future of business computing. Prior to this position, Nadella was the Senior Vice President of R&D for the Online Services Division, which includes the Search (Bing), Portal (MSN) and Advertising platforms. A native of Hyderabad, Nadella also held Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and spent several years leading engineering efforts in Microsoft's Server group. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Arvind Sodhani, Intel
Arvind Sodhani was the assistant treasurer of Intel Europe when he joined the company in 1981 and in 1984 he was promoted to the assistant treasurer position of the corporation. Sodhani was elected Vice President by the board of directors in May 1990, served as Senior Vice President from 2005 to 2007 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in December 2007. It was in March 2005, when Sodhani became the President of Intel Capital. Currently serving on the board of directors for SMART Technologies, Sodhani also served as a member of the NASDAQ Stock Market board of directors from 1997 - 2007.
Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi, Hewlett-Packard
After joining HP way back in 1980 as a research and development engineer, Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi has held various leadership positions within the company. Currently, Joshi is serving as the Executive Vice President of the Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) at HP. IPG is a $24 billion annual revenue business that encompasses the consumer, enterprise, small-to-medium business and graphics customer segments. In the last eight years under VJ's leadership, IPG has grown revenue from $19 billion to $24 billion and doubled its operating profit to more than $4 billion. VJ joined HP in 1980 as a research and development engineer and has held various leadership positions. VJ has been a member of the Yahoo! board of directors as well since 2005.

Vishal Sikka, SAP
A doctorate degree holder in computer science from Stanford University in California, Vishal Sikka started his SAP journey as the chief software architect, being responsible for the technology and architecture road map and the advanced technology group. It was in April 2007 when Sikka was appointed the first CTO of SAP. He has been a member of the Executive Board leading the Technology and Innovation Platform area since February last year and is looking after the SAP technology platform and tools to design and deliver the SAP technology portfolio, including SAP NetWeaver and SAP BusinessObjects technologies. Vishal also oversees key technology partnerships and customer co-innovation, and is an executive sponsor of the SAP Labs network. Before his SAP career, Sikka was the Area Vice President for platform technologies at Peregrine Systems.
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