Nikesh Arora (Electrical 1989) in Dataquest's top 20 Most Influential Global Indians in Technology
@ Mar 25, 2012
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The Most Influential Global Indians in Technology: Dataquest's Top 20 Dataquest zeroes in on a list of 20 Indian technology greats who are influencing the technology business globally; who are in position to influence how technology and technology business will shape up in the next few years

(Nikesh Arora is listed as number 6)

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(Nikesh Arora)


Aren’t there enough lists already? Why another? That was the first question that greeted us, when a few of us excitedly started narrating the idea to some colleagues in our marketing department. And, it was a very spontaneous response. Not a great compliment sure, but it made us think. No matter how excited you are about the uniqueness of your work, you can expect the fair share of this scepticism. And unless you settle that, it is indeed yet another list. A list is a list is a list.

That is why this a mechanical part that often goes as a box in small print, in these kind of works, with titles How We Did It or very often simply Methodology, comes right at the top. If you can appreciate it, we are fairly hopeful you will appreciate the entire work.

It is yet another list of successful Indians abroad-that you keep seeing everywhere, both Indian and non-Indian magazines, websites and television. A general interest magazine would cover people from all walks of life; a Forbes or Fortune would restrict it to business; and it is but natural that Dataquest would restrict it to technology, which, by the way, accounts for a big chunk of any such list.

But beyond that, what?

Honestly, it did not start that way. We started from the opposite end. We were trying to compile a list of people who are shaping up the technology business today-beyond the first generation successful entrepreneurs, CEO and visionaries: High profile CEOs from IBM and HP or founders such Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell and Larry Page.

But two things happened. We found that it was an exercise that was a little too big for us to do anything meaningful out of it. But more than that, we discovered that many of those people who occupy the most important positions, where they can influence, where technology heads in the next few years are Indians. It is not just senior positions. You can be the CFO or head the most important geography for your company and can do great things for your company. But influencing technology business globally is a completely different matter.

But then, you can be in charge of building the technology roadmap for the most well-known enterprise software company. Such as Vishal Sikka, the first-ever CTO of SAP. Or Thomas Kurian, in charge of product roadmap of Oracle, the company with broadest range of software-and now hardware-

products. And then, there is the low profile president at Microsoft, who is driving Microsofts most important future bet-cloud, in the form of Satya Nadella. Someone about whom not too much is known to many in Microsoft India, outside his division.

In fact, it is this discovery that aroused the Indianness within us. And the idea of this list was born. So, it is not celebration of Indians that we started with. That was the end result. But once we zeroed in on the influencing part, how could we have ignored a gentleman whose words are followed in Twitter by some of these big executives themselves. Such as Om Malik. And those who are doing the same, but not exactly in public glare-such as Dilip Wagle of McKinsey.

So, we tweaked it a bit. And the moment the influencing and Indian parts were juxtaposed, how could you ignore some just because they are already CEOs? Of course, we looked at only those CEOs who are in charge of companies that are uniquely positioned to influence how technology business evolves, such as Adobe or Motorola Mobility.

And we have a list of 20 such people.

So, the perspective with which you need to look at the list is this: This is a list of Indians who are in a position to influence how technology and technology business will shape up in the next few years. While that was not a filter for us, it just happens to be the case that most of them are in their 40s and 30s. They are young. So, if many of them happen to take up CEO positions in the next few years, you can think of us, though we are not exactly telling you so.

The other way of telling you what this is all about is to use the principle of Neti, Neti (Not This, Not This): What this list is not.

This is NOT a list of Indians in top positions in technology companies, though it looks like one. There are Googlers who are not necessarily among the senior most people in their company. There are quite a few SVPs in Cisco. And quite a few of them happen to be Indian. If there is one who stands out, it is because of her responsibility within the company as well as her following in social media, a direct influencing medium. And of course, as outlined earlier, there are a few who are NOT part of any technology company.

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(Most Influential Global Indians in Technology: Dataquest's Top 20)


March 8, 2012

Colgate Announces 7% Dividend Increase Effective 2nd Quarter 2012 and Elects Nikesh Arora to Board of Directors

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Reflecting the Company's positive outlook, the Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) today increased the ongoing quarterly common stock cash dividend by 7%. The increase will be effective as of the second quarter, 2012. The new rate of $0.62 per share is up from $0.58. The Board declared that the second quarter dividend is to be paid on May 15, 2012 to shareholders of record as of April 24, 2012. On an annualized basis, the new dividend rate is $2.48 vs. $2.32 per share previously. The Company has paid uninterrupted dividends on its common stock since 1895.

Separately, the Company also announced today that Nikesh Arora, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google, Inc. has been elected to Colgate's Board of Directors effective March 15, 2012.

Mr. Arora, 44, brings extensive international leadership experience and strong knowledge of finance and information technology to the Colgate Board. Mr. Arora has been Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google, Inc. since January 2011. He has held multiple senior operating leadership roles at Google since 2004, serving as President, Global Sales Operations and Business Development, President, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Vice President, Europe Operations.

Before joining Google, Mr. Arora served as Chief Marketing Officer of the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG from 2001 to 2004. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and Founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002. Mr. Arora began his career at Fidelity Investments in 1992, holding a variety of finance and technology management positions, ultimately serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fidelity Technologies.

A graduate of the Institute of Technology in Varanasi, India, Mr. Arora holds a Master's degree from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He currently serves as a Director of Bharti Airtel Ltd., a leading Indian telecommunications company.

Colgate also announced that following the recent planned retirement of Vice Chairman Michael Tangney, effective March 1, 2012, Fabian Garcia, Chief Operating Officer, Global Innovation and Growth, & Europe has assumed responsibility for the Company's Hill's Pet Nutrition division, and Franck J. Moison, Chief Operating Officer, Emerging Markets has assumed responsibility for Colgate's South Pacific region.

About Colgate-Palmolive: Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at To learn more about Colgate's global oral health education program, Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™, please visit


Colgate-Palmolive Company

Bina Thompson, 212-310-3072

Hope Spiller, 212-310-2291

Source: Colgate-Palmolive Company

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