Where do India's CEOs come from?

Jun 23, 2014, 09:07 IST | Hassan M Kamal

A study of India's top 50 companies has discovered many unknown sides to the DNA of CEOs from India

Experience as CEO is no longer a factor

have previous experience as CEOs.

of CEOs in India have five years or less experience as CEOs.

Male CEO

out of the 50 India’s CEOs held a directorial responsibility (Director, Executive Director and Managing Director).


LikeWhere do they work?

India’s CEOs popular companies
Finance, manufacturing and energy remains the three most popular sectors among India’s 50 CEOs, with all female CEOs being employed in the finance sector.

What and where did they study?

Most popular subjects
>> Business
>> Mechanical engineering
>> Finance

Most India CEOs graduated from local universities.

Indian CEOs also included those who graduated in subjects like History and Literature.

of India’s CEOs have an MBA degree.

Not all CEOs are from IIMs, IITs or foreign-educated
A maximum emerge from regional universities or private institutes, while IIMs and IITs (each) contribute just four Indian CEOs.

of India’s CEOs are likely to have graduated from Indian universities, which is more as compared to the Asia-Pacific percentage of 61.5%.

8 out of 50 India CEOs graduated from IIT and IIMs

Female CEOFemale representation in the boardroom

Global 10% of all CEOs are female.

India 8% of all CEOs are female.

Asia-pacific 3.2% of all CEOs are female.

Age of CEOs in India

Average age of a CEO in both genders.

47yrs Youngest male CEOs.

53yrs Youngest female CEOs.

And, across Asia-Pacific
India, Japan and China top the list in terms of CEOs to lead the top 250 companies in Asia-Pacific

Top five universities in Asia
1. Tokyo University (Japan)
2. Zhongnan University of Economics (China)
3. Keio University (Japan)
4. National University of Singapore (Singapore)
5. Chuo University (Japan)

In Asia, most CEOS graduated from
13 Tokyo University
8 Harvard University
7 University of New South Wales

Note: Most Japanese CEOs studied in their local universities, a trend common throughout the Asia- Pacific region.

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