Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella were Awarded on Republic Day
On the occasion of Republic Day, the government declared Padma Bhushan awards for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as well as Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai were recognized for their contributions in the category of “industry and commerce.”
After the Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan is India’s 3rd highest civilian honor. Padma Bhushan is one of India’s three Padma Awards, including Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, and Padma Shri.
The Padma Vibhushan is the greatest honor among the three. People who have excelled in art, science and engineering, public affairs, social work, sports, trade and industry, medical, literature and education, and civil service have received the Padma awards.
Each year, on Republic Day, the awards are presented. The prizes will be presented to awardees at a ceremony conducted at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President of India’s official home. The event is often held in March or April.
Pichai Sundararajan was born on 1972- June 10. He was born in Madras/Chennai and graduated from IIT Kharagpur with metallurgical engineering. Pichai’s first job was as a materials engineer. He entered Google in 2004 after a brief spell at management consulting company McKinsey & Co, and the rest followed.
In 2016 and 2020, he was named to Time’s yearly list of the 100 most important people. On August 10, 2015, Pichai was named the next CEO of Google, following CEO Larry Page’s appointment of him as Product Chief. In 2017, he was elected to the Alphabet Board of Directors.
Satya Narayana Nadella, on the contrary, was born on August 17, 1967, in Hyderabad (current Telangana). Nadella attended Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet, prior to graduating from Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1988.
He became the Executive Chairman and CEO of Microsoft in 2014, following Steve Ballmer as CEO through 2014 and John W. Thompson as Chairman through 2021.
He has been the Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group before becoming CEO and had been in charge of developing and overseeing the firm’s computing platforms.