Nikesh Arora

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Nikesh Arora
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Arora at the Google Zeitgeist 2009 event
Born India
Education B.Tech, MS, MBA
Alma mater Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (now Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi)
Boston College
Northeastern University
Occupation Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. and CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. (SIMI)
Spouse(s) Ayesha Thapar

Nikesh Arora is a former Google executive and President & Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Corp.[1]


Born to an Indian Air Force officer, Nikesh graduated from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (now Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi),[2] India with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989.[3] He holds a degree from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He also holds the CFA designation.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Presently President & Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Corp., he left Google in July 2014 resigning from the post of Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer.[4][5] Nikesh Arora worked for Deutsche Telekom, Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments.

Arora worked as Chief Marketing Officer and as a Member of the Management Board at T-Mobile, Bharti Airtel, Europe[6] and serves as a Trustee at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California.[7] He joined Google in 2004. He was Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google Inc. (Google) since January 2011 until July 2014. Previously he held multiple senior operating leadership roles at Google, serving as President, Global Sales Operations and Business Development from 2009 to 2010, President, Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President, Europe Operations from 2004 to 2007. Since 2007, Arora has also served as a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Chief Marketing Officer of the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG. He was Chief Executive Officer and Founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002. Arora began his career at Fidelity Investments in 1992, holding a variety of finance and technology management positions, ultimately serving as Vice President, Finance of Fidelity Technologies.[8]

He served on the board of directors at Colgate-Palmolive Company from March 08, 2012[9] until his resignation on September 10, 2014.[10]


Nikesh Arora is presently subject to a lawsuit filed in a New York Bankruptcy court for allegedly engaging in wrong financial activities through TPG and Apax private equity funds.[11][12]