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What Indian CEOs of global firms have in common

February 07, 2014 13:19 IST

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The educational background of global business leaders that India has produced has a striking similarity -- most of them received their Bachelor's in India and got their Master's in Business Administration from premier institutes in the country or the US.

The latest to join the list of Indian origin persons holding top posts at global corporations Satya Nadella's credentials resonate with this trend.

Nadella holds a Bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from ManipalUniversity, a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Others in this league include, PepsiCo Chairman Indra Nooyi,  Reckitt Benckiser Chief Executive Rakesh Kapoor, Ajay Banga President and Chief Executive of MasterCard, Anshu Jain of Deutsche Bank.

Nooyi got a Bachelor of Science degree from the MadrasChristianCollege, later an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta) and a Master's degree in Public and Private Management from YaleUniversity.

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Anshu Jain studied economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Reckitt Benckiser's Rakesh Kapoor has a Chemical Engineering degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, and an MBA from XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India.

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Image: Reckitt Benckiser CEO Rakesh Kapoor speaks during the Reuters Global Consumer and Retail Summit in London.
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While, Ajay Banga of MasterCard has a degree in Economics from St Stephen's College in Delhi and MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Experts are of the opinion that Indians' focus on good education and ability to work in difficult situations is aiding to this rising trend and more and more Indians could rise to top positions at global companies in the near future.

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The technical skills and the behavioural patterns of Indians executives make them very much adaptable to any kind of situation they come across.

According to experts this trend in higher education in Asia's third largest economy is wide spread.

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Image: Satya Nadella with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer
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As the first choice of any youth in India has always been engineering and preferably from one of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology and a few years down the line they go for an MBA degree either from one of the premier Indian Institute of Management or from the US, they said.


Image: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay


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