India has 5 times more people in the critical 20-29 age bracket. Stated another way, the top 20% of the young Indian cohort is the same size as that entire age group in the U.S. Thus, it is not surprising that there would be many smart, ambitious, and well-educated Indians available to U.S. employers.
The success of Indian-origin leaders in Silicon Valley is well-documented by the likes of Vivek Wadhwa and Annalee Saxenian. However, this extraordinary success has now spread from Wall Street to the White House–and everything in between.
Several other well-known and well-capitalized companies led by Indians include Arista, Barclays, Cadence, Deloitte, FedEx, Flex, GoDaddy, Hubspot, Illumina, Micron, NetApp, Palo Alto Networks, Panera Bread, Reckitt Benckiser, Stryker, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Vimeo, VMWare, Wayfair, Western Digital, Workday, and ZScaler.
The 21st century will be the most globalized in history. As the U.S. fertility rate collapsed decades ago, the U.S. is now dependent on importing immigrants. By definition, someone who has grown up and/or gone to school and/or worked abroad, has greater global experience than the typical person in the U.S. When the demand is for those with global experience, U.S. companies will increasingly hire foreign born globalized individuals into management positions in the U.S. The U.S. is very far behind in global skill. We will see more and more immigrants taking on management roles at all levels, in U.S. corporations.
I have – today! – collected many of my posts on the importance of global skills into a single post on my Travel blog: International: How Global Are We? A Summary – Coldstreams Travel and Global Thinking
Update: My 5x larger figure for the India cohort is from at least a decade ago and I need to update it. Whatever the specific figure is, India has a lot more people in the 20-29 year old cohort than does the U.S.