Twitter has got a new boss and he is an India-born American – Parag Agrawal. Tesla boss Elon Musk summed it up nicely when the billionaire and SpaceX founder said: “USA benefits greatly from Indian talent!” So does Australia.
Mr Agrawal, who joined Twitter in 2011 and rose through the ranks to become the firm’s chief technology officer, was on Tuesday announced as CEO after Jack Dorsey announced he was stepping down from the role.
According to Bloomberg, at 37 years of age, Mr Agrawal is the youngest person to run a company in the S&P 500.
Indian-American tech giant CEOs
Twitter — $35.1b — Parag Agrawal
Google (Alphabet) — $1.89t — Sundar Pichai
Microsoft — $2.48b — Satya Nadella
Adobe — $318.7b — Shantanu Narayen
IBM — $105b — Arvind Krishna
Palo Alto Networks — $54b — Nikesh Arora
Mr Agrawal earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University.
Australia has diverse CEOs – but could do better
Some examples include Macquarie Group chief executive Shemara Wikramanayake, Stockland’s managing director and CEO Tarun Gupta, Orica’s managing director and CEO Sanjeev Gandhi, Link Group CEO Vivek Bhatia, Pact’s managing director and CEO Sanjay Dayal, Newcrest’s managing director and CEO Sandeep Biswas, and Cleanaway, which until January had Vik Bansal as its CEO.