Although India has had several brilliant women in the engineering industry, only a handful beat the success level of Padmasree Warrior. Get to know her.
Biography of Padmasree Warrior
Born in 1961 into a Brahmin Telugu Hindu household, Yellepeddi Padmasree grew up in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. She attended Vijayawada’s Children’s Montessori School and Maris Stella College and subsequently graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1982. Cornell University awarded her a Master of Science in chemical engineering.
About Padmasree Warrior Career
1984 saw Padmasree Warrior join Motorola. During her 23 years with the company, she held several corporate positions, including general manager and vice president of Motorola’s Energy Systems Group, corporate vice president, and chief technology officer of its Semiconductor Products Sector. Before becoming Motorola’s CTO, she was the general manager of Motorola’s Thought beam product in Tempe, Arizona. Warrior was elevated to executive vice president in 2005 after being designated chief technology officer of Motorola in January 2003.
During Warrior’s stint as CTO, Motorola earned, for the first time, the 2004 National Medal of Technology from the President of the United States. During this time, Padmasree Warrior advocated “Seamless Mobility” – the idea that all aspects of a person’s life should have seamless communication. The notion was ultimately eliminated from Motorola’s marketing presentations because it sounded unrealistic. She left Motorola on December 4, 2007, to be CTO at Cisco Systems.
In 2015, she joined NIO Inc. a Chinese-based electric car company but resigned in 2018 to pursue her interests.
Padmasree Warrior Recognitions
Padmasree Warrior is renowned for her innovative and visionary leadership. For three consecutive years, Forbes has dubbed her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” The International Alliance for Women presented her with the World of Difference Award in 2013. She was named one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Wireless” by Business Insider in 2012. She received the inaugural Leadership in Science and Technology Award from the Aspen Institute. The National Association of Software & Service Companies of India (NASSCOM) presented her with the Global CTO Award. She is one of the Wall Street Journal’s “50 Women to Watch.” She was recognized by Fast Company as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” The Economic Times ranked her as the eleventh most influential Indian globally.
Padmasree Warrior Board Participation
Warrior sits on the boards of the Joffrey Ballet and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Chicago Mayor’s Technology Council, the Cornell University Engineering Council, and the Indian Institute of Technology’s advisory council.
She formerly sat on the Texas Governor’s Council for Digital Economy, the Technology Advisory Council for the FCC, and the Advisory Committee for Computing and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
In addition, she serves as a mentor for the State Department’s International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. From 2005 to 2008, Warrior was also a member of the Corning, Inc. board of directors. Padmasree Warrior was appointed to the board of directors of Gap Inc. in October 2013. In December 2015, she joined the board of directors at Microsoft.
Padmasree Warrior married Mohandas Warrior (thus the name Warrior). The two have a son.
She reigned from NIO since she was rapidly growing her young company, Fable.