Mumbai: From Elon Musk to Indian billionaire Anand Mahindra, the world has taken note of the growing list of global companies led by people of Indian descent after Twitter announced the appointment of Parag Agrawal as CEO, amplifying the role played by immigrants in the world’s largest technology companies.
“It is a pandemic that we are happy and proud to say originated in India. It is the virus of the Indian CEO … No vaccine against him,” said the chairman of the Mahindra group, Anand Mahindra in a tweet.
Key leaders of Indian origin in the United States include Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe, Arvind Krishna of International Business Machines, and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Together, they are in charge of businesses with a total market value of around $ 5,000 billion.
“The United States benefits greatly from Indian talent! Musk said in response to a tweet from Stripe CEO Patrick Collison recognizing the Asian country as one of the richest tech talent pools in the world.
Collison in his tweet, said: “Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Palo Alto Networks and now Twitter run by CEOs who grew up in India. Wonderful to see the incredible success of Indians in the world of technology and a good reminder of the opportunity that America offers to immigrants. “
Outside of the tech space, Indra Nooyi was CEO of PepsiCo for 12 years, while Ajay Banga is the executive chairman of Mastercard after serving as CEO for a decade.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced his departure from the firm on Monday. Dorsey oversaw the social network during Donald Trump’s administration and survived an eviction offer from an activist investor in 2020.
Dorsey said in her message to employees that Parag Agrawal was behind every big decision and helped turn the business around. “He leads with heart and soul and he’s someone I learn from every day. My confidence in him as CEO runs deep,” Dorsey said of Agrawal.
In a note to the company, expressing his deep gratitude to outgoing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and his team, Parag Agrawal said: “The world is watching us now, even more than it has been before. Let’s show the world the true potential of Twitter! “
Agrawal takes over as CEO of Twitter when the company tries to move away from free speech conflicts and grow. He joined Twitter in 2011 and was promoted to CTO in 2017.