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The biggest companies in the U.S. are headed by Indian CEOs

The chief executive of PepsiCo would be prominent no matter what. The fact that the current one--Indira Nooyi--is an Indian immigrant (and female, in case you've been living under a rock) makes her all the more noteworthy. At the age of 53, Nooyi is one of eight chief executives of large U.S. corporations (with revenues of at least $2 billion) who are of Indian origin. ''It's not a not a surprise that we're seeing Indians rise in corporate ranks,'' says Richard Herman, coauthor of a book on migrants to the U.S., Immigrant, Inc. ''Of all the immigrant groups coming in today, Indians are head-and-shoulders above others, and this is partly because of their English language skills and also the advanced education that many of them are bringing to the U.S.'' Article Controls EMAIL PRINT REPRINT NEWSLETTER SHARE Nooyi, says Herman, is part of a growing trend where U.S. companies are being created, or led, by foreign-born individuals who bring in something special. Herman cites new research from Brigham Young University showing American workers innovate and solve problems faster when working with a ''socially distinct newcomer,'' meaning, a person from another culture.


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