Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai and three other Indian Americans are among the dozens of United States nationals honored with a 2016 “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” award.
In addition to Pichai, PBS NewsHour anchor and senior correspondent Hari Sreenivasan, McKinsey & Company chairman of the Americas Vikram Malhotra, and National Book Critics Circle award-winning author Bharati Mukherjee received the award.
The annual Carnegie Corporation award, in its 11th year, honors the legacy of Andrew Carnegie and other immigrants each year, honoring immigrants who have made notable contributions to the progress of society.
The 42 honorees represent about 30 countries with a wide array of personal immigration stories and professional accomplishments.
“These accomplished Americans are immigrants like our forefathers, who founded this nation of nations,” said Carnegie Corporation of New York president Vartan Gregorian.
“They are representative of the millions of immigrants who have come to the United States for economic opportunity, education, political or religious asylum, security, or reunification with families and relatives,” he added. “They, like all Americans, share a common faith in this country.”
Pichai is an engineer by trade. He worked at Google since 2004, taking over the reigns of CEO in August 2015. During his time with Google, the Indian American was instrumental in the development of Google Chrome, Chrome OS and Google Drive. He also oversaw the developments of the Gmail and Google Maps apps.
A graduate of IIT Kharagpur, Stanford University and Wharton School, earning a bachelor’s, master’s and M.B.A., respectively, Pichai previously worked at Applied Materials in engineering and product management, and at McKinsey & Company in management consulting.
Sreenivasan has been the anchor at PBS Newshour since December 2009. In addition to reporting for the broadcast he also serves as the director of digital partnerships helping guide the digital strategy of Newshour’s online endeavors.
Prior to his time with PBS, Sreenivasan was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News and CNET, as well as a correspondent at CBS News and reporter at WNCN. He earned his bachelor’s in politics, philosophy and communications from the University of Puget Sound.
Prior to his current role at McKinsey, Malhotra led the company's Northeast office as well as its financial institutions practice, among other roles.
A trustee on the boards of the Wharton Graduate School, the Asia Society, the Touch Foundation and The Conference Board, Malhotra began his career at the accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney in London, England.
He earned his bachelor's at the London School of Economics and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
A native of Kolkata, Mukherjee has been a professor in the English department at U.C. Berkeley since 1989. The author also had stints as a professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, McGill University, Skidmore College, Queens College and City University of New York.
She is best known for her novels, including “The Tiger's Daughter,” “Wife,” “Jasmine,” and “The Holder of the World,” among many others. She was the winner of the 1988 National Book Critics Circle Award for “The Middleman and Other Stories.”
Mukherjee is a graduate of the University of Calcutta (bachelor’s), the University of Baroda (master’s) and the University of Iowa (doctorate).
Pakistani American Shaiza Rizavi, a partner at Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co., is also among the list of awardees.
The recipients will be presented with the award at a June 30 event in New York.