The 5 Indian CEOs of Top American Tech Companies 

From Microsoft to Twitter.

Indians are a dominating force in the global tech scene, and nothing can prove this more than by just looking at the leadership of some of the world’s biggest tech companies. The news of Parag Agrawal taking over from Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter has occupied business headlines recently, but Agrawal is by no means the first Indian to lead a top tech company. 

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Here are five Indian-born CEOs of high-profile American tech companies.

1| Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft 

Satya Nadella


Nadella leads this group of elite CEOs as Microsoft has the largest market capitalization among the Indian-led American companies. Nadella was promoted to CEO in 2014, and he is only the third CEO of Microsoft since Bill Gates began the company. 

2| Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet (Google) 

Sundar Pichai

Just one year after Nadella was appointed CEO, it was announced that Sundar Pichai would be the next CEO of Alphabet, which was finalized in 2019. The Stanford graduate was actually in the running to be CEO of Microsoft in the same pool as Nadella, but Microsoft went with Nadella while Pichai found his own success at Google. 

3| Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe 

Shantanu Narayen

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Narayen was appointed CEO of Adobe in 2007 and has since been behind every major innovation and milestone in the company, from moving Adobe to the cloud to exceeding the $100 billion market cap line for the first time. 

4| Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM 

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Like Agrawal, Krishna was only recently appointed CEO of IBM. Since taking up the mantle in 2020, Krishna is leading IBM’s innovations with AI, cloud service, blockchain, nanotechnology, and more. 

5| Parag Agrawal, CEO of Twitter 


Before joining Twitter, Agrawal held leadership positions at Microsoft Research and Yahoo! Research. Five years after Twitter hired him as a software engineer in 2011, Agrawal was promoted to chief technology officer, and now, he can add CEO to his resume. 

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