Nikesh Arora

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Nikesh Arora
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Arora at the Google Zeitgeist 2009 event
Born (1968-02-09) 9 February 1968 (age 51)
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology, BHU
Boston College
Northeastern University
OccupationCEO and Chairman of Palo Alto Networks (June 2018)
Spouse(s)Ayesha Thapar

Nikesh Arora (born 9 February 1968) is an Indian businessman who served as a former Google executive.[1] He later served as the president for SoftBank Group, joining the company in October 2014 until stepping down on 21 June 2016. On 1 June 2018 Arora took on the role of CEO and chairman[2] at Palo Alto Networks.[3]


Born to an Indian Air Force Officer,[4], Arora completed his schooling from The Air Force School (Subroto Park)[5], and went on to graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU in Varanasi, India with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989.[6] He holds a degree from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He also holds the CFA designation.[6].

Professional career[edit]


Arora joined Google in 2004. He held multiple senior operating leadership roles at Google, serving as Vice President, Europe Operations from 2004 to 2007, President Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2007 to 2009, and President, Global Sales Operations and Business Development from 2009 to 2010. He was Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google Inc. (Google) since January 2011 until July 2014.[citation needed]

He left Google in July 2014 resigning from the post of Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer.[7][8]

SoftBank Corp.[edit]

As President & Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Corp.[7][8] Arora received over $200 million in compensation over the last two years" while at the head of Softbank's operations.[9] This pay package made him world's highest paid executive.[10]

Other Experiences[edit]

Arora has served on the board of directors at Aviva, Airtel, Colgate-Palmolive, Richemont (Current) Sprint, Softbank, The Harlem Children Zone, Tipping Point (Current) and Yahoo Japan (Chairman). While at Softbank - due to their investing in Ola, Grabtaxi, Didi, Snapdeal, Oyo, Coupang, Guardant, Supercell etc. - he is also CFA which had played a prominent role in his life.

Arora worked as Chief Marketing Officer and as a Member of the Management Board at T-Mobile, Bharti Airtel, Europe.[11] and serves as a Trustee at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California.[12]

Since 2007, Arora has also served as a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm.[13]

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.[citation needed]

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.[14]

Nikesh Arora worked for Deutsche Telekom, Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments.[15]


  1. ^ Harner, Stephen. "SoftBank's Masayoshi Son 'Bets The Ranch' On Nikesh Arora". Forbes.
  2. ^ "Palo Alto Networks Announces Record Revenues and Billings and Board Appoints Nikesh Arora as CEO and Chairman - Palo Alto Networks".
  3. ^ "Nikesh Arora - CEO of Palo Alto Networks". Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  4. ^ "nikesh_arora's_father_passes_away". ET Bureau. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Six_things_to_know_about_Nikesh_Arora". Business Today. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Management team". Google. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  7. ^ a b Hof, Robert. "Google Management Surprise: Longtime Sales Chief Nikesh Arora Leaves For SoftBank". Forbes.
  8. ^ a b "Nikesh Arora to join SoftBank as Vice Chairman, SoftBank Corp. and CEO of the newly formed SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. - Press Releases - News - About Us - SoftBank Group".
  9. ^ "SoftBank's long-term plan abruptly cut short". Reuters.
  10. ^ McCombs, Dave (22 June 2015). "SoftBank Sets Pay Record With $135 Million Pay for Arora". Bloomberg.
  11. ^ Charny, Ben. "T-Mobile to cut wireless-data prices". CNET. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Board of Trustees Page". Index. Paley Center for Media. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Mobile Advisors". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Forbes profile". Archived from the original on 30 January 2014.
  15. ^ Asthana, Shishir. "5 things to know about Nikesh Arora". Retrieved 21 April 2016.

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