The discussion between the U.S. and Indian CEOs focused on the ease of doing business in India. Private sector leaders from both nations affirmed the tremendous energy of the India-U.S. dialogue, while expressing concern about the lack of a responsive bureaucracy and appropriate policy frameworks for increased collaboration.

With an eye towards the future, the CEOs recommended that both governments address low-hanging fruit—dispute resolution, intellectual property, and taxation—to facilitate immediate trade gains for both economies. Michael S. Burke, David M. Cote, Charles R. Kaye, Kiran Mazumdar Shah and Sunil Bharti Mittal participated in the discussion. Boeing’s W. James McNerney moderated. 

W. James McNerney, Jr.

W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr. is chairman of the board of The Boeing Company. McNerney joined Boeing as chairman, president, and CEO on July 1, 2005. He served as president until December 2013 and CEO until July 2015.

Michael S. Burke

Michael S. Burke is chairman and chief executive officer of AECOM, a $19 billion, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm with the ability to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets globally.

David M. Cote

David M. Cote is chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell, a $40 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader.

Charles R. Kaye

Charles R. Kaye is co-chief executive officer of Warburg Pincus. He has been with Warburg Pincus since 1986 and has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the chairperson and managing director of Biocon, Asia's leading bio-pharmaceuticals enterprise and a pioneering biotech entrepreneur.

Sunil Bharti Mittal

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises which has interests in telecom, retail, realty, financial services and agri-products. He also serves on the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Cyrus P. Mistry

Cyrus P. Mistry was appointed as the chairman of the Tata Sons board in December 2012. He has been a director of the company since 2006.