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Meet the Indian CEOs of some of the world's best-known companies

Laxman Narasimhan is the latest to join this august list; he will take over as global CEO of British consumer goods firm Reckitt Benckiser on September 1

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Laxman Narasimhan

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British consumer goods major RB (Reckitt Benckiser) has appointed PepsiCo’s Laxman Narasimhan its global CEO, effective September 1. Narasimhan is the second Indian to be appointed to the position at the firm, and will succeed incumbent Rakesh Kapoor, who will leave the company at the end of 2019. A Pune university graduate, with an MA in German and International Studies and an MBA in Finance, both from the University of Pennsylvania, was named at in March.

Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
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Sundar Pichai, who hails  from Tamil Nadu, is the of Google. He earned his degree in metallurgical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Pichai, who joined Google in 2004, led product management and innovation for tech giant's client software products, such as Google Chrome and Chrome OS, and oversaw the development of Gmail and Google Maps. 

Indra Nooyi

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is serving on the board of directors of and is the second high-profile addition from to the company's board. Nooyi was born into a Tamil-speaking family in Chennai and received a Post Graduate Programme Diploma from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. She had stepped down as PepsiCo's in October 2018 after a 24-year tenure at the snack and beverage company. She had served as the company's from 2006 to 2018.

Rajeev Suri

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was born in Delhi, but is a Singaporean citizen based in Espoo, Finland. He has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology and worked for MNCs in and Nigeria before joining He became the CEO of after it sold its ailing mobile phone unit to

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella
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Satya Nadella hails from and has been with for over 22 years. He was appointed CEO on February 4, 2014. Nadella succeeded Steve Ballmer, having been elevated from Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, a position in which he was in charge of building and running the company's Computing Platforms, Developer Tools and Cloud Computing Services.

Shantanu Narayen

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Shantanu Narayen, who grew up in Hyderabad, joined in January 1998 as Vice President and General Manager. He took over as President and COO of the company in 2005. In 2007, he was elevated to the position of Chief Executive Officer and became a directors on the company's board. Narayen, who started his career at Apple, also serves on the board of Dell Inc. and the advisory board of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.


First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 13:22 IST
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