"Nowhere, perhaps, is that more starkly on display than at Microsoft. Since taking over as CEO, Satya Nadella managed to achieve what had once seemed impossible: to make Silicon Valley like Microsoft again. He did so by embracing collaboration and not treating rivals products as enemies--in some ways the opposite of his often-flamboyant predecessor, Steve Ballmer," the daily reported. While Indian managers are not in many cases the founders of the companies they lead, they are respected managers who have held numerous positions in their companies, working up the ranks, it said. Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen, 53, according to the daily, has been described by colleagues as quiet but incredibly competitive. Since becoming CEO in 2007, he has led a dramatic transformation at the company, it added.
Sanjay Jha, the 52-year-old CEO of chipmaker Globalfoundries, had previously run Motorola Mobility and had served for years as a senior executive of Qualcomm, it said. In another article, The Wall Street Journal said Pichai's ascent reflects his ability to create strong products, including Google's Chrome browser and later the Chrome operating system. But it also shows his ability to identify competitive pressures, manage others and smooth over differences, both internally and with Google's business partners, it said. At Google, Pichai showed a flair for championing challenging but strategically important projects such as the Chrome browser, which today has 45 percent market share globally, according to research firm Statcounter, up from one percent in early 2009.