1. Satya Nadella – Microsoft
2. Sundar Pichai – Google
3. Shantanu Narayen – Adobe
4. Indra Nooyi – PepsiCo
5. Ajaypal Singh Banga – MasterCard
6. Ivan Menezes – Diageo
7. Nikesh Arora – SoftBank
8. Rakesh Kapoor – Reckitt Benckiser
9. Dinesh Paliwal – Harman Industries
10. Ajit Jain – Berkshire Hathaway Insurance
All of the above individuals are employees though at the top-most layer within their respective employers. That means, each of them have to carefully consider their key inputs before they blurt them out to their respective board. If they are NOT politically correct at all times, their board might give them a shaft any moment. After all they only rose through the ranks by pleasing their bosses or colleagues and by earning their trust/favor just like "corporate politicians" do. If you look under the hood, you will see that none of them are founders, entrepreneurs or visionary leaders like Ma, Ellison, Jobs, Gates, or many others. These people run the day to day operations of the company in the manner already approved by the major stock-holders of the company. That major stock-holder could be someone of the stature of Buffet, Icahn, or could be the founder who now holds the position of the Chairman/Technical Advisor. Controlling American workers whether at a leadership position or at a regular position can get pretty challenging at times, remember the feud between Gates and Ballmer? Factor like unions, risk of reprisal by terminated American workers with firearms or lawsuits are prevalent too. Therefore, immigrant employees at all levels offer a low-risk alternative.
Since China is a very difficult market to break into, India is the next target for a major corporate colonization with its promise of a billion-plus people, a chaotic "democracy", and an unfettered population growth, thanks to the practice of almost guaranted nuptials through arranged marriages. If you can send one of these people to India as an agent for a major corporate deal, the profits could turn out to be significant for a long time to come. Imagine, India's one of their own, Indra Nooyi appearing in a sari in front of a large Indian audience oozing immense feminine nurture and giving a very soothing speech in Hindi or in a regional language, that democratic mass could easily be swayed in Pepsico's favor. The general population and farmers , over there, are already competing against soft drink companies for sources of water too. Besides, Nikesh Arora was let go by SoftBank in 2016. One more thing, regarding diversity in Silicon Valley, word has it that there are people working there from various backgrounds. Unfortunately, all of them think alike ( that is being politically correct ). Therefore, major visionaries and thinkers of our times are running away from the Valley to other places where they can be themselves.
Last edited: 08-Mar-18 06:58 PM