Google leads Dataquest’s list of influential Indians in IT, IBM no show

Google and HP led the companies with the most number of influential Indians in IT field, a list compiled by Dataquest magazine revealed.

IBM, which employs more people in India than in the US, does not have a single top executive who is Indian and is the only significant tech company that is missing from this list, the magazine said.

IBM employees in India number upwards of one lakh, according to guesstimates, as the company does not reveal country-wise headcounts.

The compilation lists top Indian or Indian born executives across the globe who are determining the course of the IT business.

Amit Singhal, one of the few employees at Google to be promoted to the ‘fellow’ stature, was among the most high-profile members of the list.

Google also had the two others in the list of the top 20 — Nikesh Arora, chief business officer and Sundar Pichai, Senior VP, Chrome — making the Internet search giant the home to the most number of influential Indians in the list.

Following close behind with two Indian influentials is the PC, server and services giant HP. It had Prith Banerjee, Senior VP Research and director, HP Labs and Vyomesh Joshi, Executive VP, printing & imaging.

Cisco’s CTO Padmasree Warrior is the only woman on this hallowed list. The two CEOs on the list are Sanjay K Jha, chairman & CEO, Motorola Mobility, and Shantanu Narayen, CEO, Adobe, Dataquest said.

Not surprisingly, engineers dominate the list, particularly those from the IITs at Delhi, Madras, Kharagpur, Kanpur and Roorkee. Other universities figuring on the list are IT BHU, MS University, Osmania, and Manipal.

Influentials blogger Om Malik, from St Stephens, Delhi, is the only non-engineer. “He is actually one of the few in the list who have actually worked inIndiafor some time,” the magazine said.

The full list follows:

1 Abhijit Talwalkar, 47, CEO, LSI

2 Amit Singhal, 43, Google fellow, Google

3 Aneesh Chopra, 39, federalCTO,USGovernment

4 Arvind Sodhani, 57, EVP & president, Intel Capital, Intel

5 Dilip Wagle, director, McKinsey & Co

6 Nikesh Arora, 44, chief business officer, Google

7 Om Malik 45 blogger, investor, GigaOM

8 Padmasree Warrior 51 SVP, Engg & CTO, Cisco

9 Prabhakar Raghavan, 51, chief strategy officer, EVP Yahoo! Labs

10 Prith Banerjee, 51 SVP, research, and director, HP Labs Hewlett-Packard

11 Sanjay K Jha, 48, chairman & CEO. Motorola Mobility

12 Satya Nadella 43 president, servers & tools business, Microsoft

13 Shantanu Narayen, 48, CEO, Adobe

14 Sundar Pichai, 39 SVP, Chrome Google

15 Thomas Kurian 44 EVP, product development, Oracle

16 Vinod Khosla, 56. founder, Khosla Ventures

17 Vishal Sikka, 44, CTO & member, exec board, SAP

18 Vivek Kundra, 37 EVP, emerging markets,

19 Vivek Ranadive, 54, CEO, TIBCO

20 Vyomesh Joshi, 57, EVP, printing & imaging, Hewlett-Packard