Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vijaya Gadde in Fortune’s ’40 under 40′ powerful people list

 
Four Indians, including Twitter’s General counsel and the only woman on the company’s executive team Vijaya Gadde have been named by Fortune in its list of the 40 most powerful, influential and important people in business under the age of 40.

The Indians on the list are Economics professor at Harvard Raj Chetty, who is ranked 16, Micromax co-founder and CEO Rahul Sharma (ranked 21), Snapdeal Co-Founder and CEO Kunal Bahl (ranked 25) and Twitter’s General counsel and the only woman on the company’s executive team Vijaya Gadde (28).

Fortune said this year’s list of “young hotshots who are rocking businesses” includes many from sector as diverse as technology, finance, fashion and film and all have “power, influence, leverage, scale, and ideas that disrupt.”

Indian-born Gadde (39) has proved vital to Twitter’s efforts at international expansion at a time when even though over 70 per cent of the social media company’s 271 million users are overseas, it has been banned in multiple countries.

When the Turkish government blocked Twitter last March, Gadde and her 90-person legal team filed lawsuits in local courts, eventually prevailing.

Her list of recent milestones include helping steer the company through one of the most anticipated initial public offerings in recent years.


She says the most important aspect of her job is allowing as much content to flow freely while respecting local laws.

A graduate of Cornell and New York University’s law school, Gadde previously spent close to a decade at a prestigious Silicon Valley law firm.
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