Two Indian-Americans to be honoured on US Independence Day

Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen
Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen. Photo courtesy: alchetron

Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen and former US Surgeon-General Vivek Murthy, are among 38 immigrants to be honoured with the prestigious 'Great Immigrants' annual award on American Independence Day on July 4. They will be honoured for their role in helping advance the country's society, culture and economy.

39-year-old Murthy was born in the UK and is a Harvard and Yale alumnus; he was appointed Surgeon-General by former President Barack Obama in 2014, becoming the first-ever Indian-American to occupy the post and also the youngest ever surgeon-general of the country. But he was dismissed this year in April by the Trump administration.

former US Surgeon-General Vivek Murthy
Former US Surgeon-General Vivek Murthy. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

55-year-old Narayen, a native of Hyderabad, has an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering, a master's degree in computer science, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He is a board member of Pfizer and US-India Business Council (USIBC). He was among a select group of CEOs who met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington for a roundtable during the leader's visit for the first bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump this week.

Among other honorees include Canadian-origin social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, who has been awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, PayPal co-founder of Ukrainian origin Max Levchin, Iranian-origin philanthropist and entrepreneur Hushang Ansary.

Each year since 2006, the corporation has recognised the contributions of naturalised citizens, and for 2017, the honorees represent more than 30 different countries of origin, a wide range of personal immigration stories, and a high-level of professional leadership in numerous fields.