Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal is the newest member in a growing club of Indians holding the top-most posts at global tech companies.
On Monday, Jack Dorsey announced his resignation from the post of Chief Executive Officer at Twitter, making way for 37-year-old IITian Parag Agrawal. Until now playing the part of Chief Technology Officer, Parag Agrawal took charge as Twitter CEO immediately.
Parag Agrawal is only the newest member in a growing club of Indians holding the top-most posts at global tech companies.
Here’s a list:
1. Parag Agrawal – Twitter
Agrawal was the chief technology officer of Twitter before being named Dorsey’s replacement Monday, 29th November, 2021. According to Bloomberg, the new CEO was born in 1984, the same year as Zuckerberg but later than the Facebook founder’s May 14 birthday. Queries sent to Twitter on Monday seeking confirmation of Agrawal’s age did not elicit a response.
After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, Agrawal pursued a doctorate from Stanford University. As CTO, he has been responsible for the company’s technical strategy, and overseeing machine learning and AI across the company.
Since joining Twitter in 2011, he has led efforts on scaling Twitter Ads systems, as well as re-accelerating user growth by improving home timeline relevance. Prior to joining Twitter, Agrawal was involved with research in large-scale data management with collaborators at Microsoft Research, Yahoo! Research, and AT&T Labs.
2. Arvind Krishna – International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
IITian Arvind Krishna has been the CEO of International Business Machines Corporation, (IBM) since April 2020, after 30 years at the company. He also became the chairman in January 2021.
3. Revathi Advaithi – Flex
BITS Pilani alumnus Revathi Advaithi was appointed the CEO of Flex, an American multinational electronics manufacturer, in 2019.
4. Nikesh Arora – Palo Alto Networks
Alumnus of Banaras Hindu University, Nikesh Arora was named CEO of Palo Alto Networks in 2018 after having worked at Google and SoftBank.
5. Sanjay Mehrotra – Micron Technology
CEO of Micron Technology since 2017, Sanjay Mehrotra is the co-founder of SanDisk and served as its president until it was acquired by Western Digital.
6. Anjali Sud – Vimeo
Anjali Sud became the CEO of Vimeo in 2017. She joined the company in 2014. She holds degrees from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Business School.
7. Sundar Pichai – Alphabet Inc
Born in Madurai, 49-year-old Sundar Pichai was appointed as the CEO of Google in 2015. He joined the company in 2004.
8. George Kurien – NetApp
Princeton and Stanford University alumnus George Kurien became the CEO and president of data storage company NetApp in 2015.
9. Satya Nadella – Microsoft
Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella took over from Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft in 2014. This year, he was also made the chairman of the company.
10. Jayshree Ullal – Arista Networks
Jayshree Ullal has been the CEO of Arista Networks since 2008. Before that, she worked with AMD and Cisco. She did her Bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University and her Master’s from Santa Clara University.
11. Shantanu Narayen – Adobe
Shantanu Narayen was appointed the CEO of Adobe in 2007. Before that, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for two years. He joined the company in 1998. He was born in Hyderabad and also completed his Bachelor’s degree in the city.