Why Are There More Indian CEOs in US Organisations than Chinese?

India outshines China when it comes to CEOs and Top Management Positions in Global Organizations, especially the USA. Indian CEOs in US organizations have rapidly increased, while there are hardly any CEOs of Chinese Origin. Clearly, India outnumbers China when it comes to taking the top management posts in leading multinational corporations, mainly in the USA. But what makes the Indian origin CEO’s attractive for Top Posts?

Some of the CEOs of leading global corporations including Google and Microsoft are of Indian origin. Sundar Pichai was appointed the CEO of Google in 2015 while Satya Nadella has been serving as the CEO of Microsoft since 2014. Not just these two giants but other corporations like SanDisk, Adobe, Cognizant, PepsiCo all have CEOs of Indian origin. These CEOs of Indian origin are brand ambassadors of India’s potentials and pride.

Indian CEO’s: What Gives Them Edge?

Why is it that Indians are among the top management posts in major corporations and Chinese are not?


The answer to this has to be a culmination of factors. In India, talents are nurtured and more importantly, they are nurtured in different languages. This gives Indians a better chance at adapting to new cultures and atmospheres. Chinese on the other hand are more willing to return to their nation and focus more in terms of contribution to the Chinese Economy.


The other reason for this disparity lies in the career choices. In India, most of the engineers prefer to follow up their engineering graduation with MBA. This is more or less a similarity between all the CEOs of Indian origin. They all followed their engineering with MBA from high-end business schools in India. Pick most of the CEOs of Indian origin and this would hold true.

Chinese on the other hand maintain a technical path even after graduation. Not a lot of Chinese engineers go for MBA and hence lack the management skills to facilitate the technical know how. So, to catch up, China must focus more on nurturing homegrown talent.

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