On this International Women’s Day, I take a moment to thank every woman out there who play diverse roles in our lives. Here are top 10 powerful Indian Business Women who not only brought wealth and laurels to their families but also boost Indian Economy.
They grow tough businesses in one of the most difficult economic times we ever witnessed. They stood high and steady through ups and downs. Like a Phoenix they rose to accolades by keep elevating their benchmarks and feats to awe peers.
- Arundhati Bhattacharya
Arundhati Bhattacharya is an Indian banker and former Chairman of the State Bank of India. She is the first woman to be the Chairman of State Bank of India. She retired from State Bank in 2017 after spending 40 years in the banking industry. She is also referred as the Iron Lady of Indian Banking.
- Chanda Kochhar
Chanda Kochhar is the managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank. She is widely recognised for her role in shaping retail banking in India. Chanda Kochhar became the first Indian woman to receive the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Citizenship, joining the ranks of Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice.
- Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma the Managing Director & CEO of Axis Bank, the third largest private sector bank in India. She was a contender to Chanda Kochhar of ICICI for the Head role. Shikha Sharma made ICICI Prudential what it is today. It is the organization she built from scratch; the leading player in the life insurance business.
- Zia Mody
Zia Mody (born 19 July 1956) is an Indian legal consultant. She is considered an authority on corporate merger and acquisition law, securities law, private equity and project finance. Business Today listed Mody as one of the 25 most powerful business women in India several times. She was also named one of India’s 100 Most Powerful CEOs by The Economic Times in 2004 and 2006.
- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (born 23 March 1953) is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur. She is the chairperson and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore, India and the chairperson of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. she is ranked among ‘World’s 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’ by Fierce Biotech, Forbes magazine’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ and Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific.’ She has been recognized as the only Indian on Forbes’ list of ‘World’s Self-Made Women Billionaires.
- Suneeta Reddy
Suneeta Reddy is the Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s largest private healthcare provider. She is widely recognized for her contributions in making high quality healthcare accessible to millions across the country and also for her support to various entities and industry bodies. she was instrumental in taking the organization to the international equity markets through a successful GDR and subsequently bringing the First Foreign Direct Investment into Healthcare in India.
- Alice Vaidyan
Alice G. Vaidyan is the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of General Insurance Corporation of India. FORTUNE India announced Ms.Alice G Vaidyan, as the 7th most powerful women in Business in the November 2017 issue on “Most Powerful Women in Business”. Alice G. Vaidyan is known to take up new challenges and making a success out of it. She is the first lady officer to assume the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Corporation and the first lady Chairman-cum-managing Director in the public sector insurance industry (non-life) under Ministry of Finance in India. She has over 30 years of experience in the Indian insurance and reinsurance industry.
- Mallika Srinivasan
Mallika Srinivasan is a thought leader and a strategist, recognized for entrepreneurship, commitment to excellence and contribution to Indian agriculture machinery business and academia. She is presently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, an INR 93 billion. She is on the Board of AGCO Corporation – United States, Tata Steel Limited and Tata Global Beverages Limited.
- Shobhana Bhartia
Mrs. Bhartia has more than 25 years of experience in the newspaper industry. Shobhana Bhartia is the Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group, one of India’s newspaper and media houses, which she inherited from her father. She has also recently taken charge as the Pro Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. Forbes ranked her as one of the top 100 powerful women in the Media industry.
- Kaku Nakhate
Kaku Nakhate is the President and Country Head India at Bank of America Merrill Lynch India, one of the leading wealth management, capital markets and advisory companies in India.
Let their living stories inspire 1000s of women in India. Wishing you once again a Happy Women’s Day.