Kamal Sinha
IIT

Microsoft and IIT

IITians at Microsoft

IT is IITians' forte. Microsoft's chairman Bill Gates has said that "And it's hard to think of anything like IIT anywhere in the world. It is a very unique institution." It is well-known in India that Microsoft is run by IITians and other Indian computer science specialists.

Following is the list of all senior executives of Microsoft as published on Microsoft's Senior Executives List on June 23, 2004. Possible Indian names are in bold with comments. Conclusion is at the bottom.

Microsoft Execs List

J Allard
Jim Allchin
Brian Arbogast
Orlando Ayala
Robert J. Bach
Steve Ballmer
Mike Boyle
Dick Brass
Lisa Brummel
Doug Burgum
Tom Burt
Tom Button
Brent Callinicos
Chris Capossela
Debra Chrapaty
Tanya Clemons
David Cole
John Connors
Rodrigo Costa
Jean-Philippe Courtois
Kurt DelBene
Suzan DelBene
Jon DeVaan
Rick Devenuti
Ken DiPietro
Scott Di Valerio
Gerri Elliott
Paul Flessner
Susumu "Sam" Furukawa
Bill Gates
Grant George
Judy Gibbons
Anoop Gupta, IIT Delhi
Ralf Harteneck
Bob Herbold
Neil Holloway
Darren Huston
Blake Irving
Bruce Jaffe
Kevin Johnson
Chris Jones
Norman Judah
Richard Kaplan
Jawad Khaki
Pieter Knook
Mitchell L. Koch
Ted Kummert
Bruce Leak
Kai-Fu Lee
Antoine Leblond
Andrew Lees
Lewis Levin
Dan'l Lewin
Moshe Lichtman
Steve Liffick
Daniel T. Ling
Alex Loeb
Amir Majidimehr
Gordon Mangione
Ron Markezich
Maria Martinez
Mich Mathews
Richard McAniff
Yusuf Mehdi
Bill Mitchell
Lori Moore
Peter Moore
Bob Muglia
Craig Mundie
Satya Nadella, India?, non-IIT?
Mike Nash
Yuval Neeman
Bill Norman
Umberto Paolucci
Sanjay Parthasarathy, India, non-IIT?
Peter Pathe
Marshall Phelps
Will Poole
Jeff Raikes
Rick Rashid
Michael Rawding
Tami Reller
Peter Rinearson
Eric Rudder
Steve Schiro
Robert Short
Steven Sinofsky
Brad Smith
Mary Snapp
S. Somasegar
Lindsay Sparks
Charles Stevens
Kirill Tatarinov
David Thompson
Rick Thompson
Jodi Uecker-Rust
Robert Uhlaner
Brian Valentine
David Vaskevitch
Bill Veghte
Bernard Vergnes
Henry P. Vigil
Todd Warren
Rogers Weed
Maggie Wilderotter
Simon Witts
Ya-Qin Zhang
George Zinn

Conclusion about IITians at Microsoft

I counted 108 total names, out of which 3 (or 2) seemed to be Indian - Anoop Gupta, Satya Nadella, and Sanjay Parthasarathy. Could confirm a single one - Anoop Gupta, a graduate of IIT Delhi.


Total number of Microsoft Senior Executives: 108
Indians: 3 (3 percent)
IIT Graduate: 1 (1 percent)

Microsoft's Board of Directors

This bonus section lists Microsoft's directors on June 23, 2004. Search for IITians yourself.

Steven A. Ballmer
James I. Cash Jr., Ph.D.
William H. Gates III
Raymond V. Gilmartin
Ann McLaughlin Korologos
David F. Marquardt
Charles H. Noski
Helmut Panke
Wm. G. Reed Jr.
Jon A. Shirley

Relevant links:

IIT Kanpur Mafia at MIT

IIT on CBS 60 minutes