Shantanu Narayen, Vivek Murthy among 2017 Great Immigrants Honorees

Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen and former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is in the 2017 list.

Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen
Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen (Courtesy of Adobe)

The Carnegie Corporation of New York will honor 38 immigrants, including two Indian Americans with the annual Great Immigrants tribute on July 4, Independence Day.

Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen and former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is in the 2017 list of the prestigious awards and will also be recognized with a full-page public service announcement in The New York Times along with an online public awareness initiative, the Corporation said in a press release.

“Our annual tribute to Great Immigrants demonstrates the richness of talent, skills, and achievements that immigrants from around the world bring to every sphere of American society,” Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, said. “This campaign reminds us of the debt the United States owes to generations of immigrants who become citizens and contribute to the progress of this country. Today, we celebrate and thank them.”

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The statement said that Shantanu Narayen, chairman, president and CEO of Adobe Systems, is passionate about building and empowering teams to drive product innovation and scale Adobe’s business globally while advancing the company as a respected global brand and corporate citizen.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaking at the Indiaspora gala held at Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC, on January 3, 2017. Photo credit: The American Bazaar

Originally from Hyderabad, 54-year-old Narayen has an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering, a master’s degree in computer science, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He started his career at Apple and also served as director of desktop and collaboration products for Silicon Graphics. He then co-founded Pictra Inc., a company that pioneered the concept of digital photo sharing over the Internet. Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as a senior vice president of worldwide product research, and appointed to his current position in November 2007.

He is a board member of Pfizer and US-India Business Council, and was named one of the world’s best CEOs by Barron’s magazine in 2016 and 2017.

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy was confirmed as the 19th United States Surgeon General on December 15, 2014. The 39-year-old physician was the first Indian American Surgeon General and was the youngest active duty flag officer in federal uniformed service. He served the office till April 21, 2017. Murthy has devoted himself to improving public health through the lens of service, clinical care research, education and entrepreneurship.

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Murthy was born in England, to immigrants from Karnataka and his family relocated to Miami, Florida, when he was three years old. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his MD and MBA degrees from Yale. He completed his residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty as an internal medicine physician and instructor. As a clinician-educator, Murthy has cared for thousands of patients and trained hundreds of residents and medical students. He also has two-decade experience and perspective improving health in communities around the world.

Each year since 2006, the Carnegie Corporation has recognized the contributions of naturalized citizens, and for 2017, the honorees represent more than 30 different countries of origin. The Corporation was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.

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