The First Ever Curated List of Asian Americans with Storied Successes
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Nadella grew up in Hyderabad, India, and joined Microsoft from Sun Microsystems in 1992 as a program manager in the company’s Windows developer relations group. In the years to come he worked on advertising, search, commerce and public cloud, among other areas. Nadella became Microsoft’s third CEO on February 4, 2014. He emphasized areas like cloud where Microsoft was a challenger rather than a leader, and formed partnerships with rivals like Red Hat and SAP. Nadella has insisted that Microsoft loves open-source software despite Microsoft’s past attacks on Linux, and he has made it clear that the Windows operating system, the historical core of Microsoft, was no longer the top priority.
Jensen Huang founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since its inception as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors.Huang is a recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, and honorary doctorate degrees from Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University and Oregon State University. In 2017, he was named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year. In 2019, Harvard Business Review ranked him No. 1 on its list of the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs over the lifetime of their tenure. Prior to founding NVIDIA, Huang worked at LSI Logic and Advanced Micro Devices. He holds a BSEE degree from Oregon State University and an MSEE degree from Stanford University.
Pichai joined Google in 2004, where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google's client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS, as well as being largely responsible for Google Drive. He went on to oversee the development of different apps like Gmail and Google Maps. On October 24, 2015, he stepped into the role of CEO of Google as part of the restructuring process that made Alphabet into Google's parent company. In December 2019, he additionally became CEO of Alphabet.He received his Bachelors in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Siebel Scholar.
Eric Yuan is the founder and CEO of cloud-based Zoom Video Communications. Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was corporate vice president of engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. Eric was one of the founding engineers and vice president of engineering at Webex. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in applied mathematics and computer science from Shandong University of Science and Technology. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real time collaboration.
Ajay Banga is president and chief executive officer of MasterCard and a member of its board of directors.Prior to joining MasterCard in 2009, Mr. Banga was chief executive officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific responsible for all businesses in the region, including institutional banking, alternative investments, wealth management, consumer banking and credit cards. Banga began his career at Nestlé, India, where for 13 years he worked on assignments spanning sales, marketing and general management. He also spent two years at PepsiCo, where he was instrumental in launching its fast food franchises in India as the economy liberalized. He received a B.A. in Economics from Delhi University where he graduated with honors and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Dr. Lisa T. Su is AMD president and chief executive officer, a position she has held since October 2014, and serves on the AMD Board of Directors. Previously, from July 2014 to October 2014, she was chief operating officer responsible for integrating AMD’s business units, sales, global operations and infrastructure enablement teams into a single market-facing organization responsible for all aspects of product strategy and execution. Dr. Su joined AMD in January 2012 as senior vice president.Prior to joining AMD, Dr. Su served as senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Multimedia at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Dr. Su spent the previous 13 years at IBM in various engineering and business leadership positions. Dr. Su has bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.
As a business leader and technologist, Arvind has led the building and expansion of new markets for IBM in artificial intelligence, cloud, quantum computing, and blockchain. He has also played a significant role in the development of innovative IBM products and solutions based on these emerging technologies.Over his 30-year career at IBM, Krishna led a series of bold transformations and delivered proven business results. He most recently drove the successful $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat – the largest software acquisition – that has defined the hybrid cloud market. Together, IBM and Red Hat give clients the unique ability to build mission-critical applications once and run them anywhere. He has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Omar Ishrak serves as Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Medtronic, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Intel. Omar was CEO of Medtronic from June 2011 – April 2020.Prior to joining Medtronic, Omar was President and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems. Earlier in his career, Omar held positions at Diasonics/Vingmed, and Philips Ultrasound. He grew up in Bangladesh and earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of London, Kings College. He is also a Fellow of King’s College.
Narayen leads the company's day-to-day global operations; sets Adobe's long-term market strategies; and oversees all product research and development, corporate strategy and investments, and corporate and product marketing. Before joining Adobe in 1998, Narayen was co-founder of Pictra, Inc., an early pioneer of digital photo sharing over the Internet. Previously, he served as director of desktop and collaboration products at Silicon Graphics, Inc. and held various senior management positions at Apple Computer, Inc. Narayen holds a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Osmania University in India, a master's degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business.
MEMBER BOARD AMAZON
Indra Nooyi is former chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo. Indra was named president and CEO on October 1, 2006 and assumed the role of chairman on May 2, 2007. Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Indra spent four years as senior vice president of Strategy and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company. She was part of the top management team responsible for the company's U.S. business as well as its worldwide industrial businesses, representing about $10 billion of ABB's $30 billion in global sales. Between 1986 and 1990, Indra worked for Motorola, where she was vice president and director of corporate strategy and planning,Prior to Motorola, she spent six years directing international corporate strategy projects at The Boston Consulting Group.
FOUNDER & CEO LANDING.AI
Andrew is also Founder of deeplearning.ai, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Coursera and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. In 2011 he led the development of Stanford University’s main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform and also taught an online Machine Learning class to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera. Ng’s goal is to give everyone in the world access to a great education, for free. Today, Coursera partners with some of the top universities in the world to offer high quality online courses, and is the largest MOOC platform in the world. He founded and led the “Google Brain” project which developed massive-scale deep learning algorithms.More recently, he continues to work on deep learning and its applications to computer vision and speech, including such applications as autonomous driving.
Vivek was named President & CEO of Albertsons Companies, Inc. in April 2019. Vivek most recently served as CEO of PepsiCo Foods North America. Prior to that, he served as the company's president and chief operating officer, a position he was named to in 2016. Over the last 3 years, he has led Frito Lay to industry-leading growth by remaining focused on innovation, technology and execution.Before joining PepsiCo in 2009, Vivek was a partner at McKinsey and Company. Vivek has an MBA from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai.
Vas Narasimhan, M.D., has been CEO of Novartis since February 1, 2018. Vas previously was Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer for Novartis. He has also served as Global Head of Development for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Global Head of the Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals and Oncology Injectables business unit, Global Head of Development for Novartis Vaccines, North America Region Head for Novartis Vaccines, and United States Country President for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics. Before joining Novartis in 2005, he briefly worked in management consulting.Dr. Narasimhan received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in the US, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Chicago in the US.
CEO GAP INC
Sonia Syngal is the Chief Executive Officer of Gap Inc. leading the $16 billion business across all geographies and channels with a team of nearly 130,000 employees.Most recently, Sonia led Old Navy from $7B to $8B in sales in just three years, expanding its North American presence to more than 1,200 stores, scaling its ecommerce site to the no. 4 largest apparel site in the U.S. and building competitive omni-channel capabilities. Prior to Gap Inc., Sonia had a successful career in Fortune 500 product companies, including 10 years at Sun Microsystems and six years at Ford Motor Co. Sonia holds a master's degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.
Padmasree is the former CEO of NIO U.S. and the former CDO of NIO, an electric car company. Previously, she was Chief Technology Officer of Cisco. In this role, Warrior helped define Cisco's technological strategy and drove innovation across the company, working closely with the senior executive team and Board of Directors. Prior to that, she was the Chief Technology Officer at Motorola. In 2001 she was one of six women nationwide selected to receive the "Women Elevating Science and Technology" award from Working Woman Magazine. In 2018 she was also featured among "America's Top 50 Women In Tech" by Forbes.Warrior holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.
As President and CEO of Arista for over a decade, Jayshree Ullal is responsible for Arista’s business and thought leadership in cloud networking. She led the company to a historic and successful IPO in June 2014 from zero to a multibillion-dollar business. Formerly Jayshree was Senior Vice President at Cisco, responsible for a $10B business in datacenter, switching and services. Jayshree holds a B.S. in Engineering (Electrical) and an M.S. degree in engineering management. She is a recipient of the SFSU and SCU Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2013 and 2016. She has been conferred one of Fortune’s “Top 20 Business persons” in 2019.
FOUNDER KHOSLA VENTURES
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor and technologist. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies. He came to the U.S. to further his academic studies and received a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Eventually, his startup dreams led him to Silicon Valley, where he received a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.As the founding CEO of Sun, he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors.In 1986, Vinod joined KPCB as a general partner. In 2004, the desire to be more experimental and to fund sometimes imprudent “science experiments,” Vinod formed Khosla Ventures to focus on both for-profit and social impact investments.
CEO VERTEX PHARMA
Reshma joined Vertex in 2017 and was previously the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Global Medicines Development and Medical Affairs. During that time, Vertex made remarkable progress to bring new medicines to more cystic fibrosis (CF) patients around the world, including the approval of SYMDEKO/SYMKEVI and the rapid approval of TRIKAFTA to potentially treat up to 90% of all CF patients. Prior to Vertex, Dr. Kewalramani spent more than 12 years at Amgen where she held a variety of roles across Research and Development, including as Vice President, Global Clinical Development, Nephrology & Metabolic Therapeutic Area and Vice President, U.S. Medical Organization, a group she established and grew to assume responsibility for the full portfolio of molecules.
Aneel is co-founder and co-CEO at Workday. He is also a member of the company's board of directors, and served as chairman of the board from January 2012 until May 2014. Before co-founding Workday in 2005, Aneel held a number of leadership positions at PeopleSoft, including vice chairman of the board and senior vice president responsible for product strategy, business development and marketing. In addition to his role at Workday, Aneel is an advisory partner at Greylock, a leading venture capital firm that he has been associated with since 1999, and he is a member of the Board of Trustees at Stanford University. Aneel previously served on the board of directors of several other companies, including Intel, Pure Storage and Okta. Aneel holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and economics from Brown University.
CEO SOCIAL CAPITAL
Chamath Palihapitiya is Founder and CEO of Social Capital, whose mission is to advance humanity by solving the world’s hardest problems. Social Capital is a technology holding company that backs breakthrough companies in areas including healthcare, artificial intelligence, climate change and space. Before founding Social Capital, Chamath was a member of the senior executive team at Facebook and a key driver in making it one of the most important companies in the world. Prior to Facebook, Chamath held leadership positions at Mayfield Fund, AOL and Winamp. He was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Canada, and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Chamath is also Owner and Director of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors
CO-FOUNDER BAM VENTURES
Brian is co-founder and former president of LegalZoom.com, co-founder and former CEO of ShoeDazzle.com, and co-founder and former CEO of The Honest Company.Formerly an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, Brian co-founded LegalZoom in 2001. LegalZoom has since become the nationwide leader in online legal services.Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics/Business from UCLA and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
PRESIDENT & COO FEDEX
As president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corp., Subramaniam oversees the FedEx portfolio of operating companies and the more than 490,000 team members of FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, FedEx Services, FedEx Logistics and FedEx Office. He is also co-president and co-chief executive officer of FedEx Services. Subramaniam is a member of the five-person Executive Committee, which plans and executes the corporation’s strategic business activities. Born in Trivandrum, India, Subramaniam received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He earned two post-graduate degrees: a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Vinita Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lupin Limited since September 1, 2013 and a member of the Board of Directors. Based in Baltimore,U.S, She is also the Chairperson of Lupin Inc., (LI) and its subsidiary Lupin Pharmaceutical Inc. (LPI). She has not only been responsible for setting up LPI in the U.S and Europe but has also been instrumental in formulating and executing strategies that have helped Lupin emerge as a global pharma major. It is under her
leadership that Lupin has become one of the largest and fastest growing generics players in the U.S.She is a pharmacy graduate from the University of Mumbai and holds an MBA from J L Kellogg Graduate School of Management, USA.
PRESIDENT & CEO BANK OF THE WEST
Nandita is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of the West and CEO of BancWest, the parent company of Bank of the West. Bakhshi also serves on the Board of Directors of Bank of the West and BancWest, and is a member of the bank’s Executive Management Committee.Prior to joining Bank of the West in 2016, Bakhshi served with TD Bank, where she held several leadership positions, including Executive Vice President and Head of North American Direct Channels. Before TD Bank, Bakhshi was Executive Vice President of Consumer Deposits and Payments at Washington Mutual in Seattle, now JP Morgan Chase. Bakhshi holds a Masters of Arts degree in international relations from Jadavpur University in India.
JOHN S CHEN
John Chen was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chair of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors on November 4, 2013. Prior to joining BlackBerry, he served as Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc. John previously held a series of executive positions at Siemens AG, Pyramid Technology Corp., and Burroughs Corp. He started his career as a design engineer with Unisys Corp. John is actively involved in international relations. He has testified before Congress on U.S.-China trade relations. In 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President’s Export Council. John graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and holds a master’s in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology.
Ranjana is the Head of Global Transaction Banking and Head of Transaction Banking for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation and its primary subsidiary, MUFG Union Bank, N.A. In addition, she serves as Bay Area President for MUFG and Union Bank, and as Executive Officer for MUFG Bank, Ltd. Ms. Clark is a member of MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation’s Executive Committee for the Americas, Prior to joining MUFG in 2013, Ms. Clark was Chief Customer and Marketing Officer at PayPal. She also served as President of Global Business Payments and Head of Global Strategy at The Western Union Company. Ms. Clark earlier was Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Wachovia.She earned an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delhi.
CEO PANDA EXPRESS
Andrew Cherng is the visionary behind Panda Restaurant Group. His business insights have propelled Panda to become the world leader in Asian dining experiences.Under Andrew’s leadership, Panda Restaurant Group was named one of America’s best employers by Forbes and ranked the number one Asian quick-service concept by QSR. Additionally, he along with Panda Restaurant Group Co-Chairman and Co-CEO Peggy Cherng, have been inducted into the National Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame and named Carnegie Corporation’s Great Immigrants. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Baker University and Master of Applied Mathematics from the University of Missouri.
HOCK E TAN
Hock Tan is Broadcom President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. He has held this position since March 2006. From September 2005 to January 2008, he served as chairman of the board of Integrated Device Technology. Prior to becoming chairman of IDT, Mr. Tan was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Circuit Systems from June 1999 to September 2005. Prior to ICS, Mr. Tan was Vice President of Finance with Commodore International from 1992 to 1994, and previously held senior management positions with PepsiCo and General Motors.
David Chu, birth name Zhū Qīnqí (朱欽騏) is the Taiwanese American founder of Nautica, a men's designer outerwear company. He started in 1983 with 6 sailing jackets, and 20 years later, sold the company for $1 billion to VF Corporation. He made $100 million from the sale. He then started another label, called "Lincs David Chu," which is a modern traditional sportswear line.Currently, LINCS can only be found in select Dillard's stores.He was born in 1955. His family immigrated from Taiwan to USA in the 1960s and opened a Chinese restaurant.He was studying Architecture in New York, and during a class at Fashion Institute of Technology, a professor suggested that he try designing clothes after seeing his drawing skills.
CEO PALO ALTO NETWORKS
Nikesh joined as chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Nikesh served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Google, Inc. during a 10-year span, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Nikesh held the role of chief marketing officer for the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG. He was chief executive officer and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002. He holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College and a B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University.
GP RACE CAPITAL
Alfred Chuang is a general partner at Race Capital. Known for being the co-founder and CEO of BEA Systems, Alfred led BEA Systems to its acquisition by Oracle for $8.5 billion. Alfred’s notable awards include CIO Magazine 20/20 Vision Award Honoree, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, among others.Alfred is a proud Hong Kong entrepreneur and alumnus of Wah Yan College, Hong Kong. He also received a B.S. in computer science from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in computer science with specialization in distributed data management from the University of California, Davis.
PARTNER ECLIPSE VENTURES
Most recently, Sanjay was Chief Executive Officer of GlobalFoundries Inc. the world’s second largest semiconductor foundry business. Prior to joining GlobalFoundries, Sanjay was Chief Executive Officer for the Motorola Mobile Devices business, a role he held until the company’s acquisition by Google. Before joining Motorola, Sanjay was Chief Operating Officer of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. Sanjay began his career at Qualcomm in 1994 as a senior engineer with the very-large-scale integration group. Sanjay was a member of the board of directors for the Semiconductor Industry Association and also served as vice-chairman of the Global Semiconductor Alliance. Additionally, he is a member of the board of trustees of UC San Diego and the Salk Institute.Sanjay holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Strathclyde.
Steven Chen is a Taiwanese entrepreneur. He is best-known for his work launching the video-sharing website YouTube. The website was launched in 2005, and in only a year it was one of the top ten most popular websites in the world. Chen has won numerous awards for his work, including being named one of the Top 50 People Who Matter Now by Business 2.0 Magazine. Chen eventually sold YouTube to Google for over $1 billion. Chen is regarded as one of the most successful social media pioneers and a predecessor to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Kao co-founded Garmin with Gary Burrell in October 1989 to integrate Global Positioning System (GPS) technology into navigation devices for multiple markets. Kao is credited with the breakthrough design and engineering of the GPS software technology that formed the foundation of the original Garmin product line.Prior to founding Garmin, Kao served as a systems analyst at Teledyne Systems for inertial, radio navigation and fire control systems. While at Magnavox Advanced Products, he designed the Kalman filter algorithms for Phase II GPS user equipment. He later served as engineering group leader with King Radio Corp. and AlliedSignal, where he led the development of the first GPS navigator to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Jawed Karim is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur of Bangladeshi-German descent. He is the co-founder of YouTube, and the first person to upload a video to the site. After co-founding the company and developing the YouTube concept and website with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Karim enrolled as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University while acting as an adviser to YouTube.When the site was introduced in February 2005, Karim agreed not to be an employee and simply be an informal adviser, and that he was focusing on his studies. As a result, he took a much lower share in the company compared to Hurley and Chen. Despite his lower share in the company, the purchase was still large enough that he received 137,443 shares of stock, worth about $64 million based on Google's closing stock price at the time.
OWNER JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Shahid Khan also known as Shad Khan, is a Pakistani-American billionaire and business tycoon. He is the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL), the English Football League Championship team Fulham F.C., and automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate in Urbana, Illinois.Khan was featured on the front cover of Forbes magazine in 2012, associating him as the face of the American Dream. As of August 2017, Khan's net worth is over $8.7 billion. He is ranked 70th in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, and is overall the 158th wealthiest person in the world. He is the richest person of Pakistani origin.
CEO & FOUNDER, HARNESS.
Jyoti Bansal is a serial entrepreneur and a silicon valley technology visionary. In 2008, he founded AppDynamics, an application intelligence company that provides enterprises with real-time insights into application performance. Jyoti led the company as founder & CEO for the first eight years, and as founder & Chairman for the last year until its acquisition by Cisco for $3.7 Billion in January 2017. Jyoti is founder/CEO of BIG Labs - a startup studio aiming to co-create companies that can help define the future of software and technology. He is also cofounder/CEO of Harness - the leading continuous-delivery-as-a-service company, and cofounder of Unusual Ventures - a leading early stage venture capital firm. Jyoti received his BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Jyoti is the lead inventor on 20+ US patents.
CEO & FOUNDER NUTANIX
Dheeraj is the Founder, CEO & Chairman of Nutanix. He brings a wealth of experience of working at high growth enter