Technology: Shailesh Rao

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Technology: Shailesh Rao

Age: 36
Managing Director, Google India

When Google decided that India was going to be a strategic destination, it appointed Shailesh Rao to head operations in 2007. In most Asian countries, local search engines dominate, but in India, Google is the clear leader in search. Rao wants to consolidate that lead with a panoply of products for Indian Internet users. The Kellogg graduate says he spends much of his time meeting everyone from government and state officials to parents and children to propagate Google's mission in India.