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Narendra Modi is one of the most viewed Indian CEOs on LinkedIn

Narendra Modi
Reuters/Amit Dave
By Itika Sharma Punit
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LinkedIn, which maintains an enormous database of and for professionals, believes that the Indian prime minister is a chief executive officer (CEO).

In this year’s Power Profile survey, the professional networking portal has named Narendra Modi among the most viewed CEOs in 2015—along with eight members of India Inc.

“CEOs steer a group of people in a direction, and as a leader, Modi is doing that for India. That’s why he has been clubbed under CEOs,” a LinkedIn India spokesperson told Quartz.

An avid user of social networking platforms, Modi has some 14.5 million followers on Twitter, and over one million followers on LinkedIn. His LinkedIn profile, says “(Modi’s) personal connect on the ground is complemented by a strong presence online where he is known as India’s most techno-savvy leader, using the web to reach people and bring about change in their lives.”

LinkedIn Power Profiles, which was last released in 2012, lists the most viewed profiles on the professional networking portal under eight categories—CEOs, internet, technology, finance, human resources (HR), telecommunications, marketing and advertising, and students.

Men outnumbered women in most categories in India—except students. The list of most viewed students includes six women as against three men. Most students in the list are from elite colleges like the Indian Institute of Technology, the Indian Institute of Management, Birla Institute of Technology and the Indian School of Business.

Here are the lists of LinkedIn Power profiles across five categories:

Most viewed Indian CEOs on LinkedIn in 2015 so far:

Narendra Modi
Prime minister of India
Rajan Anandan
Vice president and managing director of Google, South East Asia & India
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Chairman and managing director, Biocon Limited
Kirthiga Reddy
Managing director, Facebook India
Kunal Bahl
Kumud Srinivasan
President, Intel India
Ramachandran T.R
Group country manager, India & South Asia, Visa
Suman Bose
Managing director and CEO at Siemens Industry Software India
Swati Piramal
Vice chairperson at Piramal Enterprises

Most viewed Indian technology professionals:

Umang Bedi
Managing director, South Asia, Adobe
Bipin Preet Singh
Founder and CEO at MobiKwik
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Founder at One97 and Paytm
Harsha Kumar
Assistant vice president – product at
Subhasis Khatua
Principal software engineer at CA Technologies
Anirban Dey
Global head – Edge Products at EdgeVerve
Amisha Sethi
Indian author and a global marketing leader

Most viewed Indian HR professionals:

Mekin Maheshwari
Chief people officer at
Jayesh Sampat
Country head – HR at Liberty Videocon General Insurance
Praveen Krishnamurthy
Director, talent selection at Adobe Systems
Priti R.
Director, talent acquisition at Amazon
Emrana Sheikh
Vice president – human resources at Asian Paints
Sonali Roychowdhury
HR director – India/Middle East/Africa distributor operations at Procter and Gamble
Prabir Jha
President and group chief HR officer, Reliance Industries
Supriya Ahuja
Assistant vice president - head talent acquisition, Star India

Most viewed Indian internet professionals:

Amit Deshpande
Director at
Gurmit Singh
Managing director at Yahoo India
Rishi Jaitly
Market director, India & Southeast Asia at Twitter
Shradha Sharma
Founder & CEO at YourStory Media
Praveen Sinha
Founder and managing director at Jabong
Sabina Chopra
Vikram Chopra
Co-founder at FabFurnish
Sameer Parwani
CEO at CouponDunia
Aloke Bajpai
CEO & Co-founder,
Sumit Jain
Co-founder & CEO,

Most viewed Indian students:

Kanchan Bhakoo
Indian School of Business
Arjav Jain
PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore south campus
Swapnil Warke
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Puja Das
Indian School of Business
Alessandro Sbrizzi
Bocconi University & Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Arushi Jamar
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Pritika Anand
Indian School of Business
Pratiksha Dake
Indian School of Business
Kriti Sharan
BITS-Pilani, Goa campus

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