The Middle East is no stranger to expats, particularly from India. Forbes Middle East has announced its latest list of the top 50 Indian executives in the Arab world 2017.
We take a look at the top 10.
1.Sanjeev Chadha – CEO, Asia, Middle East and Africa, PepsiCo International.
Chadha heads up PepsiCo's operations for over half the world's population. A Pepsi veteran, he joined the company in 1989 as a founding member of its beverage business in India.
2.Raghavan Seetharaman – Group CEO – Doha Bank
Passionate about conserving the environment, Seetharaman has led a number of green initiatives, creating awareness about global warming by organizing and participating in roadshows, and working with several organizations to work out a carbon mercantile exchange.
3.Adnan Chilwan – Group CEO – Dubai Islamic Bank
A leading authority in the field of Islamic Banking and Finance, Chilwan's career spans nearly two decades with both conventional and Islamic banks in the Gulf. He has a PhD and MBA in Marketing, and is a Certified Islamic Banker and an Associate Fellow Member on the Islamic Finance Professionals Board.
4.Sanjiv Kakkar – Executive Vice President, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus – Unilever
Kakkar was appointed Executive Vice President of Unilever MENA and Turkey in October 2013, and awarded the additional responsibility of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in August 2014. He holds a diploma in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management.
5.Raghu Malhotra – President, Middle East and Africa – MasterCard
Responsible for 69 markets across the globe, Malhotra also sits on MasterCard's Global Management Committee.
6.Tariq Chauhan – Group CEO – EFS Facilities Services Group
Harvard business alumni, Chauhan joined EFS in the midst of the global recession in 2009. Since then he has grown the company's revenue ten-fold and increased the workforce from 1,000 to over 15,000.
7.Vishesh Bhatia – CEO - Jumbo Electronics
Bhatia moved to Dubai in 1978 to join the Al Futtaim Group, leaving the company 34 years later as Group Director and President. He was appointed CEO of Jumbo Group in August 2012.
8.K. Rajaram – CEO - Al Nabooda Automobiles
When Rajaram joined Al Nabooda Automobiles in 1996 to lead the dealerships for Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, the three brands sold 300 cars and today they sell over 5,000 units a year. A metallurgical engineer, Rajaram owns BMW, Harley Davidson and Honda Motorcycles.
9.Vijay Malhotra – Chairman and CEO, U.A.E and Oman – KPMG Lower Gulf
Malhotra began his career with KPMG in 1976. Today he leads business in the U.A.E. and Oman, which includes more than 70 partners and directors, and over 850 staff. During his time with the company he founded the KPMG India practice in 1993 and was instrumental in it becoming a market leader.
10.Ashok Khanna – CEO - Al Tayer Motors
Ashok Khanna, 57, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary. He joined Al Tayer 27 years ago and has been in his current role since 2002, where he oversees more than 3,200 employee