Nikesh Arora is chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks, the leading cybersecurity company in the world. During his tenure of four years, Nikesh has led the company through a major transformation to become the partner of choice for enterprise organizations and governments around the world.
Before joining Palo Alto Networks in 2018, Mr. Arora served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Google, Inc. as a senior executive, where he was senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Arora’s career also includes serving as chief marketing officer for the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG, and chief executive officer and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002.
Nikesh serves on the board of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., a public Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company, and Tipping Point, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Previously, he served on the boards of SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint Corp., Colgate-Palmolive Inc. and Yahoo! Japan, among others. He holds an M.B.A. in business administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College, and a B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University. Nikesh has received numerous awards for leadership and influence including ETs 2015 Global Indian of the Year, CRN’s Top 100 Executives “Most influential”, Comparably’s 5th Annual list of Best CEOs for Women. Under his leadership, Palo Alto Networks received the top ranking on Newsweek’s 100 Most Loved Workplaces in 2022.