Indian-origin Vasant Narasimhan to head $48 billion pharma giant Novartis
Global CEOs of Indian origin as on 2017
Microsoft â€" Satya Nadella
Google â€" Sundar Pichai
Pepsi â€" Indra Nooyi
Adobe â€" Shantanu Narayen
Diageo â€" Ivan Menezes
RB - Rakesh Kapoor ( RB was earlier known was Reckitt Benckiser )
Vasant (Vas) Narasimhan has been named as the global chief executive officer (CEO) of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, making him the first Indian origin person to hold the post in a large pharma multinational.
Narasimhan, 41, a doctor from Harvard Medical School, is a second-generation immigrant in the US. His parents moved there from Tamil Nadu in the 1970s. He has been with Novartis since 2005. At present, he holds the post of global head of drug development and chief medical officer and will assume the new post from February. Before joining Novartis, he worked at McKinsey & Co.