10 Non-American CEOs of American Giant Companies

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American companies have ruled the world with their amazing products and services that have always been beyond the imagination and basic needs of the world. And let’s be honest we can arguably say American products and services are one of the reasons why the United States is so ahead of the world.

But do you know what is even more interesting? The personalities that are leading these companies are mostly immigrants, especially from India. Officially most of the CEOs are American as they hold American nationality and are settled in the United States but belong to a different origin and are not real Americans.

What is the CEO of a Company?

The Chief executive officer (CEO) is the person at the top position (leader) of an organization and is responsible for running the organization. He is responsible for the implementation of plans and policies in the company and within its products and services, taking care of the financial health and goals of the company, and responsible for taking key decisions and strategic planning for the company.

CEO will be responsible if the company fails or progresses. He can also be the part owner of the company as most CEOs have company equities as well. This is been offered so that CEO can work more passionately for the betterment of the company. If the company grows, equity value grows too.

let us get back to the main topic of today. In this Life article Here is the list of 10 Non-American CEOs of American Giant Companies.

#10 Arvind Krishna – IBM

Arvind Krishna - IBM

Arvind is an Indian – American corporate executive, currently the CEO and Chairman of IBM. He was born in the district of West Godavari of Andra Pradesh in India. IBM is famous for developing and selling computational hardware and software. Inventions such as Floppy Disk and Hard Disk drive are also under the belt of IBM.

Arvind became the CEO of the company in the year 2020 and started serving as the chairman in 2021.

#9 Andrew Witty – United Health Group

Andrew Witty - United Health Group

Andrew Witty is a British corporate executive, currently serving as the CEO of United Health Group. United Health Group is one of the largest companies in healthcare and insurance products and services all around the world.

Andrew became the CEO of the company in 2021 and already had experience in the pharma sector. He had served as the CEO of the British multinational pharmaceutical company GSK also known as GlaxoSmithKline.

#8 Raj Subramaniam – FedEx

Raj Subramaniam - FedEx

Raj Subramanian is the President and the CEO of FedEx. FedEx is one of the largest transportation and logistics corporations based in Tennessee, United States. It is an umbrella organization that covers the list of various operating companies under it. It is also a holding company and multinational conglomerate.

Subramaniam was born in Thiruvantipuram, Kerala. He joined FedEx in the year 1991 as a marketing analyst and in march 2022, he replaced the founder Fred Smith as the new President and CEO.

#7 Shantanu Narayan – Adobe

Shantanu Narayan - Adobe

Shantanu is an Indian-American business executive who was born in Hyderabad, India. He is with Adobe since 1998 and it was in 2007 that he finally became the chairman, president and CEO of Adobe and is still serving it.

Adobe we all know is one of the most diversified software companies. There are more than 20 software and services developed by Adobe but the most popular ones are Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator.

#6 James P Gorman – Morgan Stanley

James P Gorman - Morgan Stanley
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James is an Australian-American executive and is the current chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is an American multinational company that deals with investment management and financial services. It is a well-known company worldwide when it comes to financing. He was born in Melbourne and did his bachelor’s at the University of Melbourne.

He became the CEO of Morgan Stanley in 2010 and started serving as the Chairman in 2012. Morgan Stanley.

#5 Ramon Laguarta – PepsiCo

Ramon Laguarta - PepsiCo
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Ramon is the Spanish businessman and the first Spanish CEO of any American giant company such as PepsiCo. He was born in Barcelona and joined the company in Spain as VP of Business Development of Snacks in 1996.

After 22 years in 2018, he secured the position of CEO, when the former Indian-origin CEO Indra Nooyi stepped down from her position.

#4 Sabir Sami – KFC

Sabir Sami - KFC

Sabir Sami was born in Pakistan and did his MBA in Business from Karachi University. He joined Yum! Brands which is a parent company of KFC in 2009 as General Manager (Canada). In Jan 2022 he became the KFC Global CEO under Yum! Brands.

As we all know KFC is an American multinational fast-food chain that specializes in fried chicken. It is the second largest food chain after Mcdonald’s and is located in 190 countries globally.

#3 James Quincey – Coca cola

James Quincey - Coca cola

James is a British businessman based in the United States. He was born in London and is the current Chairman and CEO of Coca cola. James joined Coca cola in 1996 and became the CEO in 2017 and later Chairman of the Board in 2019.

Coca cola doesn’t need any introduction, it is the largest non-alcoholic beverage company and we might have enjoyed the drink several times. But did you know Coca cola is not just one brand, it is also a company that has a portfolio of drinks under its belt such as Sprite, Fanta and much more.

#2 Satya Nadella – Microsoft

Satya Nadella - Microsoft
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Satya Nadella is an Indian-American executive that has served Microsoft as CEO since 2014. Later in the year 2021, he also became the Chairman of Microsoft. Like Shantanu Narayan, he was also born in Hyderabad and did his bachelor’s at the Manipal Institute of Technology in India. Later came to the United States for higher education.

Satya Nadella is one of the most famous CEOs and well-known personalities around the globe.

#1 Sunder Pichai – Google

Sunder Pichai - Google
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Arguably the most famous CEO, Sunder Pichai was born in Madurai, a city in the Tamil Nadu state of India. He did his Bachelor’s from IIT Kharagpur in India and came for higher education in the United States.

Sunder joined Google in 2004 and became CEO of Google in 2015. Later in 2019, he became the CEO of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

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