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10 innovators who are moving and shaking their companies

Last updated on: August 19, 2013 21:00 IST

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While it's the leaders who move the company, it's the innovators, thinkers and risk takers who shape and push it.

Let's take a look at some next-generation movers and shakers who are changing the face of business.

Source: Forbes

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Craig Federighi

Designation: Senior Vice-President, Software Engineering

Company: Apple

Although part of Steve Jobs's original team, Federighi stayed with Apple for just four years before being lured back in 2009. He is the brain behind iPhone, iPad and Mac OS software.

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Tasso Argyros and Mayank Bawa

Designation: Co-Presidents

Company: Teradata Aster

Argyros leads product and market strategy for Teradata's Big Data products. Before founding Aster Data, he was in the PhD programme at Stanford University, according to the company's website. Bawa, meanwhile, leads the Aster Center of Innovation's Research and Development and Customer Support organisation devoted to building and supporting Aster Data’s product portfolio. He co-founded Aster Data in 2005 and led it as its CEO from 2005 to 2010, it says.

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Oliver Beck

Designation: Vice President, Global Head of Development Landscape Management

Company: SAP

By combining four teams into one, Beck has reduced the rate of SAP software release from 70 days to just 20. He has also increased the morale of his team by holding free and frank discussions with managers and staff.

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Billy Biggs

Designation: Software Engineer

Company: Google

His work at Google has helped YouTube reach six billion hours of video per month and an audience of a billion. He has been part of YouTube's every big projects since 2006, according to Forbes.

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Catherine Courage

Designation: Senior Vice-President, Customer Experience

Company: Citrix

She is the driving force behind innovation at Citrix, a company that provides server and desktop virtualisation, networking, software-as-a-service and cloud computing technologies. Prior to Citrix, she was working at Salesforce and Oracle.

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Alex Bard

Designation: Vice-President and General Manager, Salesforce Desk.com

Company: Salesforce.com

Alex was the CEO of Assistly, which was acquired by Salesforce.com in September of 2011. Currently he is the VP & GM of Desk.com, a Salesforce.com company, which provides social and mobile CRM services for SMB businesses, according to the company's website.

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Timothy Young

Designation: Vice-President, Mobile Computing

Company: VMware

He was the Founder of Socialcast (acquired by VMware, May 2011) and also a co-founder of About.me (bought by AOL in December 2010), according to his bio.

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Amy Padour

Designation: Lead Product Development Scientist, Advanced Innovation Team

Company: Kellogg

Padour is the one who spots latest food fads and tastes creating waves around the world.

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Tiffany Sepanski

Designation: Lead product developer

Company: Mondelez International

She is the one who not only introduced biscuits to the United States market in 2012, but also made it a hit.

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Phoong Tang

Designation: Global Cotton and Specialty Crop Technology Lead

Company: Monsanto

Tang, who manages $1.5 billion in R&D, plans to double Monsanto's crop yields by 2030, according to Forbes.


Image: Homepage of Monsanto. Inset, Phoong Tang.


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