Nikesh Arora (born 9 February 1968) is an Indian businessman who served as a former Google executive. He later served as the president for SoftBank Group, joining the company in October 2014 until stepping down on 21 June 2016.
Born to an Indian Air Force officer, Arora graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, BHU in Varanasi with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989. He holds a degree from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He also holds the CFA designation.
President & Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Corp. Arora, “… received over $200 million in compensation over the last two years” while at the head of Softbank’s operations. This pay package made him world’s highest -paid executive.
Arora joined Google in 2004. He held multiple senior operating leadership roles at Google, serving as President, Global Sales Operations and Business Development from 2009 to 2010, President Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President, Europe Operations from 2004 to 2007. He was Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google Inc. (Google) since January 2011 until July 2014.
Arora served on the board of directors at Colgate-Palmolive Company from 8 March 2012. until his resignation on 10 September 2014.
Since 2007, Arora has also served as a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm.
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.
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.