India Honours Microsoft’s Satya Nadella & Google’s Sundar Pichai With Padma Bhushan

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have been conferred the Padma Bhushan — in the trade and industry category.

This year the President has approved the conferment of 128 Padma Awards — 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards.

- Satya Nadella's background

Born in Hyderabad . Bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology. Also, master’s in computer science at the University of Wisconsin.  

- Satya Nadella in Microsoft

He succeeded Steve Balmer in 2014 as Microsoft CEO, the company’s revenue has grown on an average of 20% year over year (YoY).

- Satya Nadella in Microsoft

Nadella’s appointment as Microsoft CEO was the starting of Indian-born executives leading big tech companies

- Sundar Pichai Background

Pichai is an IIT Kharagpur alum, who completed his bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering. Did masters from Stanford University in materials science and engineering. 

- Pichai in Google

Pichai, joined Google in 2004 . Man behind many products including Google Chrome and the Chrome OS. In 2015. Google appointed Indian-born Sundar Pichai as the company’s CEO. 

- Pichai in Google

Later in 2017, as Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page decided to step down, Pichai also became the CEO of Google parent company Alphabet Inc.

Other Padma awardees in the trade and industry category include Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran, Bharat Biotech’s Krishna and Suchitra Ella and Serum Institute’s Cyrus Poonawalla