The UC World is Flat

by Dave Michels

When I was young, India was a mystical place of elephants and snake charmers. Turns out there were also a lot of really good schools and students there too. The gap between our great countries has narrowed over the years. Especially in tech. As the US tech sector grew it frequently turned to India for talent.

It is common now to find Indian raised professionals in US technology companies – and many have done exceedingly well. Last year Satya Nadella was appointed as Microsoft’s CEO. It may be lonely at the top, but he has plenty of compatriots. Vinod Dham of Intel is known as the father of the Pentium chip; Sundar Pichai at Google oversees Android, Chrome, and Apps; Padmasree Warrior is CTO at Cisco.

India has a long history in technology. Jagadish Chandra Bose (1858-1937) is credited with inventing the first radios – years before Marconi. He is not well known partly because he was opposed to patents – ahead of his time.

This post recognizes some of the most influential US-based Indian executives in enterprise communications and collaboration (in alphabetical order).


Name Title Company
Venky Krishnaswamy VP Labs Research Avaya
Pankaj Malhorta SVP Engineering ShoreTel
Rohit Mehra VP Networks and Infrastructure IDC
Ram Menghani VP Product Management and Dev NEC
Bharath Oruganti SVP of Services and Operations ShoreTel
Gurdeep Singh Pall CVP Skype Microsoft
Pankaj Patel EVP over Collaboration Cisco
Amit Singh President Google for Work Google
Sanjay Srinivasan CTO Telesphere-Vonage


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