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Indian towns and cities that gave the world its most powerful CEOs

From Rohtak to Jamshedpur, these places saw the birth of our corporate legends

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Indians have time and again proved themselves to be pioneers, be it in the field of science, art, sports and technology. With the progress of the 21st century, this list has gone on to include the business sphere as well. Leaders such as Sundar Pichai, Leena Nair and Satya Nadella have created a footprint in the international market as some of the world’s most powerful changemakers. But where do these leaders come from? Where did they grow up and study? Here is a list of some of the most powerful Indian-origin CEOs and where they come from:

Leena Nair of Chanel – Kolhapur, Maharashtra

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Leena Nair The India Today Group / Getty Images

Leena Nair was born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. She completed her initial schooling in the state until she moved to Jharkhand to pursue an MBA. Her rise to fame included a three-decade-long stint with Unilever, where she became the first female Executive Officer. In 2021, she wrote history once again, as she became the first female CEO of Indian origin of luxury fashion brand Chanel. She is also the youngest CEO the company has ever appointed. 

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