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

Itika Sharma Punit
By Itika Sharma Punit

Co-editor, Quartz India

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:

NameDesignation
Narendra ModiPrime minister of India
Rajan Anandan

Vice president and managing director of Google, South East Asia & India

Kiran Mazumdar-ShawChairman and managing director, Biocon Limited
Kirthiga ReddyManaging director, Facebook India
Kunal BahlCEO, Snapdeal.com
Kumud SrinivasanPresident, Intel India
Ramachandran T.RGroup country manager, India & South Asia, Visa
Suman BoseManaging director and CEO at Siemens Industry Software India
Swati PiramalVice chairperson at Piramal Enterprises

Most viewed Indian technology professionals:

NameDesignation
Umang BediManaging director, South Asia, Adobe
Bipin Preet SinghFounder and CEO at MobiKwik
Vijay Shekhar SharmaFounder at One97 and Paytm
Harsha KumarAssistant vice president – product at Olacabs.com
Subhasis KhatuaPrincipal software engineer at CA Technologies
Anirban DeyGlobal head – Edge Products at EdgeVerve
Amisha SethiIndian author and a global marketing leader

Most viewed Indian HR professionals:

NameDesignation
Mekin MaheshwariChief people officer at Flipkart.com
Jayesh SampatCountry head – HR at Liberty Videocon General Insurance
Praveen KrishnamurthyDirector, talent selection at Adobe Systems
Priti R.Director, talent acquisition at Amazon
Emrana SheikhVice president – human resources at Asian Paints
Sonali RoychowdhuryHR director – India/Middle East/Africa distributor operations at Procter and Gamble
Prabir JhaPresident and group chief HR officer, Reliance Industries
Supriya AhujaAssistant vice president - head talent acquisition, Star India

Most viewed Indian internet professionals:

NameDesignation
Amit DeshpandeDirector at Amazon.com
Gurmit SinghManaging director at Yahoo India
Rishi JaitlyMarket director, India & Southeast Asia at Twitter
Shradha SharmaFounder & CEO at YourStory Media
Praveen SinhaFounder and managing director at Jabong
Sabina ChopraCo-founder, Yatra.com
Vikram ChopraCo-founder at FabFurnish
Sameer ParwaniCEO at CouponDunia
Aloke BajpaiCEO & Co-founder, ixigo.com
Sumit JainCo-founder & CEO, CommonFloor.com

Most viewed Indian students:

NameCollege
Kanchan BhakooIndian School of Business
Arjav JainPES Institute of Technology, Bangalore south campus
Swapnil WarkeIndian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Puja DasIndian School of Business
Alessandro SbrizziBocconi University & Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Arushi JamarIndian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Pritika AnandIndian School of Business
Pratiksha DakeIndian School of Business
Kriti SharanBITS-Pilani, Goa campus
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