Nikesh Arora

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Nikesh Arora
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Arora at the Google Zeitgeist 2009 event
Born (1968-02-09) February 9, 1968 (age 54)
CitizenshipUnited States[1]
Alma materIIT (BHU) Varanasi (BTech)
Boston College
Northeastern University (MBA)
Occupation(s)CEO and chairman of Palo Alto Networks
SpouseAyesha Thapar
FamilyThapar family (through marriage)

Nikesh Arora (born February 9, 1968) is an Indian-American business executive.[2] Arora was formerly a senior executive at Google.[3] He served as the president of SoftBank Group from October 2014 to June 2016. On June 1, 2018, Arora took on the role of CEO and chairman at Palo Alto Networks.[2]


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 has held the CFA designation since 1999.[6]

Professional career[edit]

T-Motion PLC[edit]

In 2000, Arora established T-Motion, a subsidiary within Deutsche Telekom, "providing value-added services to the 3G Services of Deutsche Telekom." A few years after, in 2002, T-Motion was integrated into T-Mobile's core services.[citation needed]


Arora joined Google in 2004.[citation needed] 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.[7] 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.[8][9]

SoftBank Corp.[edit]

As president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Corp.[8][9] Arora received over $200 million in compensation over the last two years" while at the head of Softbank's operations.[10] This pay package made him the world's highest paid executive.[11]

Other experiences[edit]

Arora worked as chief marketing officer and as a Member of the management board at T-Mobile, Bharti Airtel, Europe[12] and serves as a Trustee at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California.[13]

Since 2007, Arora has also served as a senior advisor to Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm.[14]

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.[15]

Nikesh Arora worked for Deutsche Telekom, Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments.[16]


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  2. ^ a b "Palo Alto Networks Announces Record Revenues and Billings and Board Appoints Nikesh Arora as CEO and Chairman – Palo Alto Networks".
  3. ^ Harner, Stephen. "SoftBank's Masayoshi Son 'Bets The Ranch' On Nikesh Arora". Forbes.
  4. ^ Chanchani, Madhav. "nikesh_arora's_father_passes_away". The Economic Times. ET Bureau. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Six_things_to_know_about_Nikesh_Arora". Business Today. June 21, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Management team". Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  7. ^ Asthana, Shishir (July 19, 2014). "5 things to know about Nikesh Arora". Business Standard India. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Hof, Robert. "Google Management Surprise: Longtime Sales Chief Nikesh Arora Leaves For SoftBank". Forbes.
  9. ^ 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". Archived from the original on August 19, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "SoftBank's long-term plan abruptly cut short". Reuters. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016.
  11. ^ McCombs, Dave (June 22, 2015). "SoftBank Sets Pay Record With $135 Million Pay for Arora". Bloomberg.
  12. ^ Charny, Ben. "T-Mobile to cut wireless-data prices". CNET. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  13. ^ "Board of Trustees Page". Index. Paley Center for Media. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  14. ^ "Mobile Advisors". Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  15. ^ "Forbes profile". Archived from the original on January 30, 2014.
  16. ^ Asthana, Shishir (July 19, 2014). "5 things to know about Nikesh Arora". Business Standard India. Retrieved April 21, 2016.