Indian American CEO of voices against Texas’ restrictive abortion law


The Indian American CEO of an American online dating service giant which was recently brought on to the spotlight by Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra for silently playing a huge role in the industry and as an efficient leader of the people.

Sharmistha Dubey was recently featured in the New York Times for an article based on the new abortion law in Texas.

Anand Mahindra highlighted this article on this Twitter page saying, “Have to admit, this is the first time I have learned about her. Is she not often cited in the lists of global Indian-origin CEOs because the companies she leads are matchmaking sites?”

He said adding that she deserves to be in the spotlight.

As CEO of Match Group, a US$40-billion technology conglomerate that owns, Tinder, OkCupid and Hinge, among others, Dubey has been a powerhouse in the field of bringing people together.

Dubey is one of the very few CEOs who have a take on Texas’ restrictive abortion law.

This year, Texas imposed a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. “The company generally does not take political stands unless it is relevant to our business. But in this instance, I personally, as a woman in Texas, could not keep silent”, Dubey said in the memo.

She also took the initiative of creating a fund to support Texas-based workers and dependents who needed to seek care outside of the state. This was after Texas imposed a ban on abortions after weeks six weeks of pregnancy.

Dubey grew up in Jamshedpur in the 1970s and 1980s. She earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in 1993.

She was the lone woman metallurgical engineer that year and Sundar Pichai was her classmate. After graduation, Dubey returned to her hometown and worked for a steel company for a year, before saving up enough money to attend Ohio State University. Dubey later obtained an MS from Ohio State University.

She joined in 2006, serving multiple roles like President of Match Group Americas, chief product officer of Match.

She was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Tinder in 2017 and on January 1, 2018 she was appointed President of Match group. In 2019, she joined the board of directors of the Group. In 2020, Dubey became the CEO of Match Group.