India-Born Ex-Google Executive Nikesh Arora Appointed SoftBank President

 

 

India-born former Google executive Nikesh Arora has been appointed the president of Japan’s telecommunications giant SoftBank Corp that paid the “rising star” a whopping $135 million (Rs 850.5 crore at 1 dollar = 63 rupees) for the financial year 2014.

Mr Arora, 47, was appointed company president and chief operating officer at a general meeting of shareholders here on Friday.

In a management reshuffle last month, Mr Arora – investments head at the time – was named as a potential successor to company chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son, as the telecoms conglomerate steps up its overseas expansion.

Mr Arora joined the Japanese company last September.

He was previously chief business officer at Google Inc, which he entered in 2004 as a telecom industry analyst before being recruited by Mr Son.

Hailed by Mr Son as a “rising star”, Mr Arora received 16.556 billion yen (nearly $135 million) for the period through March 2015.

Of the total, 14.6 billion yen was paid as an entering bonus and compensation for his work as an executive at a SoftBank subsidiary, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Saturday, citing the conglomerate’s latest financial report.

Unlike elsewhere in the world, there are few business executives in Japan who are paid several billions of yen a year and it is rare for a Japanese company to pay more than 16 billion yen annually to an executive, it said.

In less than a year at SoftBank, Mr Arora has already directed about 200 billion yen ($1.67 billion) worth of deals that include investments in Indian technology start-ups – Snapdeal, an online marketplace, and taxi-booking service Ola Cabs, Nikkei Business Daily reported.

Mr Arora has an MBA from Northeastern University, a master’s degree in finance from Boston College and graduated as an electrical engineer from IIT-BHU (Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi).

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