The 2009 Inc. 500|5000: The Top 10 Indian-Run Companies

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Promod Sharma, CEO, Criterion Systems

Rank: No. 10
Location: Vienna, VA
Revenue: $20.3 million

Promod Sharma grew up in New Delhi in comfortable circumstances as a child of the elite class. "I had a very nice life," he says. After studying accounting at the London School of Economics, he followed his father, who worked at the World Bank, to Washington, D.C. When he came to America, he jumped into IT and after working with several tech companies, Sharma decided to launch his own business in the industry. He founded Criterion Systems in 2005.