The increased social push for having diversity, inclusivity in the corporate world has made way for many people of Indian origin to spearhead operations of global companies like Microsoft, Google, etc. With times, boundaries are being pushed further with women of Indian origin heading operations of international organizations like Vimeo, Bumble, Sephora and others.
These women are redefining gender stereotypes and work culture, thereby inspiring others to take up more such roles. Deepica Mutyala, a South-Asian beauty entrepreneur, businesswoman, and founder and CEO of Live Tinted, recently uploaded a reel celebrating such women and said that having them on board has made it possible for seeing more and more representation of South Asian people.
Here’s a list of Indian women executives of multinational companies leading the global workforce.
Revathi Advaithi (CEO, Flex)
Advaithi is an Indian-born American who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Flex, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies and a global supply chain. An alumna of Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, the 54-year-old assumed her role as the CEO in February 2019 and has been managing the company’s strategic direction and technological innovation. Advaithi is also an independent director for the board of directors of both Uber and Catalyst.org. She serves as a member of the MIT Presidential CEO Advisory Board. She was named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list for two consecutive years—2019 and 2020.
Sonia Syngal (President, CEO, Gap Inc.)
Syngal, the American-Canadian businesswoman, presides over Gap Inc., an American clothing and accessories retailer. She is also named as CEO of the brand. She was born in India and later her family moved to Canada and then to the United States when she was a child. She completed her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and later did her Master’s in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University. Syngal has worked with A-lister companies like Ford Motor Co, Sun Microsystems and Old Navy before joining Gap in 2004.
Leena Nair (Global CEO, Chanel)
The Global CEO of French luxury house Chanel, Leena Nair, hails from Kolhapur in Maharashtra. She assumed her post in January 2022. Before starting her stint with Chanel, she was the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) of Unilever. Nair was Unilever’s “first female, first Asian, youngest ever” CHRO and featured among Fortune India’s Most Powerful Women 2021. Mentee of Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo, Nair pursued electronics engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli. She went to pursue management from XLRI, Jamshedpur where she graduated as a gold medallist. She was appointed as CEO of Chanel in December 2021.
Anjali Sud (CEO, Vimeo)
An alumna of Harvard Business School, Anjali Sud was appointed as CEO of Vimeo in 2017. The American businesswoman of Indian descent has reinvented the company as a software company that serves video creators since she assumed charge. Sud has held positions in various multinational companies like Sagent Advisors, Time Warner and Amazon before she joined Vimeo as Head of Global Marketing in 2014. She was named as one of the most powerful women in business in December 2021, by Business Today.
Sharmistha Dubey (CEO, Match Group)
Sharmistha Dubey is an Indian American business executive. She is responsible for revolutionising dating in the millennial generation. She is the CEO of the Match Group, which owns online dating platforms like Tinder, Match, OkCupid, and Hinge. Born and brought up in Jamshedpur, India, Dubey is an alumna of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur where she studied metallurgical engineering. She began her career as an engineer at Texas Instruments and joined the Match group in 2006. She was made the Chief Operating Officer of Tinder in 2017. Dubey was chosen as the Tech Leader of The Year by Vogue’s Women of The Year in 2021
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