Read Dr. Nikesh Aurora’s full remarks.

Doctor of Commerce

Nikesh Arora, senior vice pres­i­dent and chief busi­ness officer at Google, is a busi­ness leader who brings a rare com­bi­na­tion of intel­lec­tual depth, mar­keting savvy, and a visionary’s under­standing of the pos­si­bil­i­ties inherent in technology.

As Google’s chief busi­ness officer, Arora is in charge of all rev­enue and cus­tomer oper­a­tions, as well as mar­keting and part­ner­ships, and is one of the six exec­u­tive offi­cers who guide the tech­nology giant’s operations.

Since joining the com­pany in 2004, the man that one busi­ness pub­li­ca­tion referred to as Google’s “persuader-​​in-​​chief” has had an out­sized impact on Google’s suc­cess in global markets.

In addi­tion to his cur­rent posi­tion, Arora has led Google’s global direct sales oper­a­tions and devel­oped and man­aged the company’s oper­a­tions in the Euro­pean, Middle Eastern, and African mar­kets. He is widely cred­ited with dri­ving rev­enues and building Google’s rela­tions with adver­tisers from inter­na­tional markets.

Nearly all of Google’s rev­enue derives from adver­tising, and today more than half of that rev­enue comes from out­side the U.S., com­pared to just one-​​third when Arora joined the company.

Google’s suc­cess in those new mar­kets reflects the company’s strength in under­standing and adapting to change by intro­ducing new fea­tures and prod­ucts, and Arora’s knowl­edge, expe­ri­ence, and vision is con­sid­ered inte­gral to the company’s innovation-​​based culture.

He holds an MBA from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and a Master of Sci­ence in Finance from Boston College—both awarded with distinction—as well as a bachelor’s degree in elec­trical engi­neering from the Insti­tute of Tech­nology in Varanasi, India.

He has broad expe­ri­ence working in sev­eral dif­ferent indus­tries. He served as chief mar­keting officer and a member of the man­age­ment board at T-​​Mobile Europe, spear­heading all product devel­op­ment, ter­mi­nals, and mar­keting activ­i­ties for the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firm. Arora is also a char­tered finan­cial ana­lyst, and has held man­age­ment posi­tions at Putnam Invest­ments and Fidelity Invest­ments in Boston.

Per­haps most impor­tant, he brings a vision of the Internet’s lim­it­less hori­zons to his lead­er­ship. In a 2011 inter­view with North­eastern Mag­a­zine, he described the Internet as a rev­o­lu­tionary medium that is causing “a fun­da­mental shift in the busi­ness world that’s still playing out”—particularly in the realm of mar­keting and advertising.

As Arora noted in an inter­view last year with India’s daily news­paper Busi­ness Stan­dard, Internet con­nec­tivity glob­ally has moved from “nice-​​to-​​have” to “must-​​have” in five years, with a key gen­er­a­tion yet to come of age: the gen­er­a­tion that does not know a world without Google or Facebook.