Nooyi, who joined PepsiCo in 1994 from ABB, became the chief executive in October 2006. Under her leadership the company divested its restaurants to the YUM! Brands chain and acquired Tropicana and Quaker Oats. Prior to ABB Nooyi was at Motorola and the Boston Consulting Group. Nooyi, currently the chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council, is on the board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She started her career in India.
Paliwal joined Harman, a sound-systems company in Stamford, Conn., as chief executive in 2007. Prior to that he spent 22 years at ABB Group and set up its operations in China and north Asia. Paliwal, a native of the city of the Taj Mahal, got his M.A. in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He left India in 1981.
Pandit, the embattled CEO of Citigroup, is the other most prominent native Indian in the corner office. Prior to joining the ailing bank he was president of Morgan Stanley’s investment banking, fixed income and capital markets businesses, and cofounded and was chairman of a hedge fund, Old Lane Partners. He’s on the board of Columbia University and Columbia Business School.
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Kenya-born D’Souza heads Cognizant Technology Solutions, which outsources IT services for its Western clients. D’Souza, 40, joined the company in 1994 when it was founded and within three years had gone up the ranks to become director of North American operations. Earlier he spent four years at various divisions of Dun & Bradstreet, developing business in Germany, the U.S. and India. He is a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University.
Prior to joining Quest in 1999 as chief operating officer, Mohapatra spent 18 years at Picker International, a New York City company that specializes in advanced medical imaging technologies; it was later acquired by GE. Quest is on the lookout for acquisitions and has tapped the capital markets in preparation for those.
Narayen, with the recent $1.9 billion purchase of Omniture, is guiding Adobe in the hot field of measuring the value of online experiences, content and applications. Previously, he co-led the $3.4 billion acquisition of Macromedia. Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 after stints at Silicon Graphics and Apple Computer. He cofounded Pictra, an early pioneer of digital-photo-sharing over the Internet.
Jai P. Nagarkatti
Nagarkatti is a Sigma-Aldrich veteran. He joined the St. Louis company in 1976 as a development chemist, and after heading the company’s scientific research business was appointed COO, in August 2004
Talwalkar was appointed chief executive in May 2005. Prior to joining LSI of Milpitas, Calif. he was at Intel’s digital enterprise group. He joined Intel in 1993 after stints at Sequent Computer Systems (now part of IBM), Bipolar Integrated Technology Inc. and Lattice Semiconductor Inc.