As we already know, IITians know no bounds. From successful startups to excelling academics, IITians are known to prove themselves in every field.
There are IITian YouTubers, IITian IAS officers and IITians who became CEO of multinational companies. This article will introduce you to some famous IITian CEOs
5 Popular IITian CEOs You Should Know About
IIT: Metallurgical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur)
CEO: CEO of Alphabet Inc. (Google’s parent company)
Sundar Pichai, an Indian-American business executive, is first on the list of IITian CEOs. He was born on July 12, 1972, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Pichai secured a good IIT Rank which enabled him to pursue his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. Later, he earned a scholarship to pursue his Master of Science (MS) in Material Sciences and Engineering from Stanford University in the United States. He further continued his education at Stanford and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is married to Anjali Pichai.
After completing his studies, Pichai began his professional journey as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he worked for a short period. However, his real breakthrough came when he joined Google in 2004.
In 2015, Sundar Pichai was appointed as the CEO of Google Inc., succeeding Larry Page. As CEO, he demonstrated a keen understanding of the evolving technology landscape and helped Google maintain its position as a global leader in the tech industry.
In 2019, Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., underwent a restructuring, and Sundar Pichai became the CEO of Alphabet while retaining his role as CEO of Google. This made him one of the most powerful and influential figures in the tech world.
IIT: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)
IITian CEO of IBM
Arvind Krishna, another to the list of IITians who became CEO is an Indian-American business executive. He is an IITian CEO and Chairman of IBM. He has been the CEO of IBM since April 2020 and took on the role of Chairman in January 2021
Krishna began his career at IBM in 1990, at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2015, managing IBM Cloud & Cognitive Software and IBM Research divisions. He was the principal architect of the acquisition of Red Hat, the largest acquisition in the company’s history.
He completed his BTech degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1985. Later he moved to the United States to earn a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1991. He also received distinguished alumni awards from both IIT Kanpur and the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign.
IIT: BTech in mechanical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), 1971
CEO: Former IITian CEO and Managing Director of McKinsey & Company
Rajat Kumar Gupta is an Indian-American businessman and IITian CEO of McKinsey & Company. He served from 1994 to 2003.
He is the first foreign-born managing director of the management consultancy firm. He is the co-founder of the Indian School of Business, American India Foundation, New Silk Route and Scandent Solutions.
Gupta was a board member of corporations including Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble and American Airlines, as well as an advisor to non-profit organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Gupta ranked 15th in the nation in the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT JEE. He received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1971.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
IIT: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)
IITian CEO and co-founder of Infosys
Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy is an IITian billionaire. He is one of the seven co-founders of Infosys. He has previously served as the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president, and chief mentor of the company before retiring and taking the title of chairman emeritus. His net worth was estimated to be $4.1 billion, making him the 711th richest person in the world according to Forbes.
He started Infosys in 1981 and was the CEO from 1981 to 2002, as well as the chairman from 2002 to 2011. Murthy has been described as the “father of the Indian IT sector” by Time magazine and CNBC for his contribution to outsourcing in India.
After completing his school education, he went to the National Institute of Engineering and graduated in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. In 1969 he received his master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
IIT: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur)
Former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Koppillil Radhakrishnan is an Indian space scientist who headed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) between November 2009 and December 2014 as Chairman of the Space Commission, Secretary of the Department of Space and Chairman of ISRO.
Presently, he is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur & Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council.
He did post-graduate studies in management at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in 1974-76. He obtained a doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, in 2000, for the thesis: ‘Some Strategies for the Management of Indian Earth Observation System’.
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