Parag Agrawal | Jack Dorsey: Parag Agrawal joins elite CEO-club: Elon Musk praises Indian talent, Vedanta boss says desi managers are the best, Kangana reacts to Jack Dorsey’s exit


Parag Agrawal has been enjoying the limelight of the entire world.

Around 16 years after heading the company, founder Jack Dorsey stepped down on Monday, and picked the Mumbai-born 37-year-old, an IIT Mumbai and Stanford University alumnus, as Twitter’s new Chief Executive Officer.

From Global Inc to Corporate India, congratulatory messages and words of admiration poured in for the new India-born executive.

Reverting to a tweet by Stripe CEO Patrick Collison, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk took to Twitter to praise Indian talent in the US. He said that the US benefits greatly from India’s talent.

Indian-origin Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, was also quick to congratulate Agrawal. “Excited for Twitter’s future,” he wrote.

Back home, India Inc bosses were proud to see an Indian lead another tech company based in the US.

Quoting Collison’s tweet, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra touted the long line of Indian-origin executives heading the international organisation as an ‘Indian CEO Virus’. He said he was proud to say that this pandemic originated in India, and there’s no vaccine against it.

Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani was thrilled with the news, and called it a great moment for ‘India’s depth of talent’ and the ‘USA’s meritocracy system’.

“After Microsoft, Google, IBM, Adobe, Flex, VMware and more, yet another Indian rises to lead the digital world. You (Agrawal) will do Twitter & Jack (Dorsey) proud,” his caption read.

Vedanta Resources Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal, who made a name for himself abroad, said that Indian managers were the best in the world.

“I have always believed that human resources are India’s biggest strength,” he added.

Some reactions poured in from the Bollywood fraternity as well.

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who has had a bitter experience with Twitter, shared her excitement after Agrawal replaced Dorsey as Twitter’s new CEO. In an Instagram Story, she shared a screenshot of the news and wrote, “Bye chacha Jack…” – referring to the founder as ‘uncle.

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Kangana Ranaut’s IG Story

The actress’ Twitter handle was ‘permanently suspended’ in the month of May, this year, after she posted several tweets which were against the platform’s policies.

According to a Twitter spokesperson, Kangana’s account was constantly provoking anger and violence, which was diminishing the value of global public conversation on the platform.

Meanwhile, it turned out that playback singer Shreya Ghoshal is Agrawal’s childhood friend, and a fellow foodie. The 37-year-old singer congratulated the new Twitter CEO on the micro-blogging site. “Big day for us, celebrating this news,” she wrote.

In May 2010, she had urged her fans to wish Agrawal on his birthday and follow him too.

Her thrilled traveller friend was quick to respond how he followers and messages are flooding in.

Fans also dug out photographs of Agrawal with Ghoshal and her husband Shiladitya.

IIT-Bombay also congratulated its alumnus.

According to the news agency PTI, Agrawal’s mother is a retired school teacher, and his father was employed in the atomic energy sector at a senior position.

Agrawal studied at the Atomic Energy Central School in Mumbai, and moved to the United States in 2005.

In 2011, he joined Twitter while still pursuing his PhD at Stanford University.

From Parag Agrawal To Pichai and Nadella, Born-In-India CEOs Add Heft To Global Inc

Desi Dreams

It was a moment of pride, yet again, for Indian talent on Monday. Parag Agrawal became front-page news and among one of the most-searched keywords on the Internet, hours after his elevation as Twitter top boss was announced. The Chief Technology Officer of the micro-blogging platform, right after the news went public, expressed “deep gratitude” for outgoing Twitter boss Jack Dorsey. Agrawal, an IIT-Bombay alumnus, in a tweet said that he was very “excited for the future.”

With his elevation to the top role at Twitter, the 37-year-old Agrawal joins the esteemed club of India-born executives calling the shots in Global Inc.

From Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai to Shantanu Narayen among others, Indian talent has gone places. Here’s a look at some of the tech names that have done India proud.

‘Satya’vachan At Microsoft

A tech titan quoting Oscar Wilde? Well, yes. Satya Nadella did that after he sent out the first mail to employees as Microsoft Chief Executive Officer in February 2014. Since taking over from Steve Ballmer, who is a long-time friend of co-founder Bill Gates, the Manipal Institute of Technology alumnus has often quoted literature and poetry to drive home Microsoft’s changing vision in a fast-changing metaverse,

Born in Hyderabad, Nadella worked at Sun Microsystems before he joined Microsoft in 1992. After assuming charge in the driver’s seat, he has steered a shift toward cloud computing via the Azure platform and a much-improved Windows 10. Consequently his efforts have paid off – and in 2020, the tech giant’s stock price saw a rise of 26.3 per cent. A cricket aficionado, Nadella is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble.

Google In A ‘Sundar’ State

Madras-born Pichai Sundarajan, also known as Sundar Pichai, became the Google CEO in 2015. Four years on, he took over as the CEO of its parent company Alphabet. A B.Tech from IIT-Kharagpur, he studied at Stanford University. The 49-year-old has been credited for playing a stellar role in the development of the Google Chrome browser. Pichai, who joined Google in 2004, was born in Madurai and studied metallurgical engineering at IIT. Under him, Alphabet’s market capitalisation stands at $1.04 trillion.

Adobe’s H-Factor

Nadella is not the only one who brought glory to the old city of Hyderabad. Giving him company is Shantanu Narayen, who was also born in the city. In 2005, Narayen was appointed as president and CEO of Adobe. He went on to become CEO two years later. During his stint as Adobe’s top boss, he has successfully facilitated the development of a cloud-based subscription approach, generating recurring revenues. An alumnus of Osmania University, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, and Bowling Green State University.

A Desi Superboss For IBM

In April 2020, IBM got a new superboss in Arvind Krishna. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as senior vice-president of cloud and cognitive software at the tech major. In 2016, Wired magazine had lauded his work on blockchain technology. Born into a Telugu-speaking family in the west Godavari district of coastal Andhra, he studied at St Joseph’s Academy in Dehradun. Later he pursued a BTech degree in electrical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur. Krishna has been credited with planning IBM’s US$34-billion purchase of Red Hat, an open-source software company. After taking over as CEO from Ginni Rometty, he tried to focus on artificial intelligence and the cloud to revive growth after years of stagnation. Krishna has reorganised the 109-year-old tech giant around a hybrid-cloud strategy, which allows customers to store data in private servers and on multiple public clouds, including those of rivals Amazon.com and Microsoft. This has led to IBM’s total cloud revenue increasing 21% to $6.5 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

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