Leading Companies Run by Indian CEO’s. Why not Chinese?

September 10, 2018 5 By HimaBindu P S
Indian Origin CEOs SiliconValley US

Indian Origin CEOs

India and China are among the ten biggest economies in the world in 2018. According to IMF 2018 data, Chinese economy (i.e $14 trillion)is more than Indian economy( i.e $2.85 trillion). Despite of economic growth, Chinese hasn’t been able to place in the Silicon Valley or in other US-based companies.

The Global Times (a Chinese newspaper) in the recent article, states that “Why Silicon Valley companies have Indian CEOs”. Chinese are good at manufacturing high-tech product but not good at leading companies that are making these products.

Indian Origin CEO’s

Silicon Valley is dominated by Indian-origin CEOs like Satya Nadella, who replaced Steve Ballmer as the Microsoft CEO back in 2014, Sundar Pichai, who has been leading Google since 2015. They are not the only Indians leading multinational companies based in the United States. Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen, SanDisk’s Sanjay Mehrotra, PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi, and Cognizant’s Francisco D’Souza have been leading their respective companies for nearly a decade now.

Chinese Analyze Reason

On the contrary, not many Chinese hold top positions in Silicon Valley firms. China-based “The Global Times” points out reason behind this, lies in the adaptability of the Indians and their “polarizing MBA” degrees.

India is fare better at US-based tech firms is because of their adaptability. Chinese are less proficient in English,whereas most of Indian students are adept at English which makes it easier for them to adapt when they move to the US, the UK or Canada.

Most Indians, start as an engineer and then manage products by pursuing MBA Degree. For better understanding of the firm’s strategies and operations, it’s crucial for those who wish to pursue high-level management posts.

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