Most Influential Business Women of Indian Origin
International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8 th of March to applaud women’s achievements! Ranging from political to the social triumphs – this day is celebrated to bring together women’s organisations, corporations and charities. Around the world, this day is celebrated with rallies, arts performances, talks, networking events and conferences.
A prominent feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem said, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” Hence,‘International Women’s Day’ is about unity, celebration, encouragement and action.
Who are the toughest and the coolest females of entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, philanthropists? Well, they are women who are calling the shots in financial marketing. Their accomplishments were not so easy to create encroachments into industries and job titles usually dominated by men.
Let us take a peek at some of the most prominent women of Indian origin.
1- Indra Nooyi [Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.]:
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is an American, business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. In 2014 she was ranked at #13 on the list of Forbes World’s 100 most powerful women. In 2016 she was ranked #82 for being the most powerful woman on the Fortune list.
2- Alice G. Vaidyan [CMD, GIC Re]:
She is known to take up new challenges and make a success out of them. She is the first woman to be appointed in such post not only in the GIC Re, but the first in the Indian insurance sector. Alice G. Vaidyan will hold the office of the national reinsurer till July 2019.
3- Chanda Kochhar [CEO-Managing Director, ICICI Bank]:
A boss of the country’s largest private-sector lender, Chanda Kochhar has to contend with the current bane of India’s banking system ‘bad loans.’
Mobile banking, is among Kochhar’s projects, that accounts for one-fifth of all transactions by retail customers. In a bid to retain female staff, she launched iWork@home, which allows employees to work from home for a year. In addition, executives can take children under the age of 3 on business trips at the bank’s expense.
4- Ashu Suyash [MD & CEO, Crisil]:
Ashu is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of CRISIL. She took over as Managing Director and CEO in June 2015, at a time that was of great uncertainty for the company. Ashu Suyash has been named amongst the ‘Top 50 Women in Business’ in India by various magazines such as Business Today and Fortune India. In 2011, she was documented as one of the 25 most influential women in Asia by the Asian Investor Magazine.
5- Arundhati Bhattacharya [Chair-Managing director of the State Bank of India]:
Arundhati Bhattacharya is an Indian banker and is currently the Chair-Managing director of the State Bank of India. She is the first woman to be the Chairperson of State Bank of India. In 2014, she was considered as the 36th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
6- Kaku Nakhate [President & Country Head, Bank of America India Merrill Lynch]:
Kaku Nakhate, a graduate from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, spent most her entire career at Merrill Lynch. She joined J P Morgan, for a short span in 2009 but was back once again with Merrill Lynch in 2010.
DSP Merrill Lynch had now become ‘Bank of America Merrill Lynch.’ Kaku Nakhate is currently the President & Country Head of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch. For her, power is a tool through which one can bring in a change and guide the firm to achieve goals and objectives.
7- Pallavi Shroff [Managing Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas]:
Pallavi S. Shroff is the ‘Managing Partner’ of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. She has over 34 years of extensive experience in Litigation, Arbitration and Competition Law. She represented Nestle in the Bombay High Court and was successful in getting the ban on Maggi noodles lifted. She often advises and represents international and national clients on several aspects of the Competition Law.
8- Rita Teaotia [Commerce Secretary, Government of India]:
Rita A. Teaotia is an IAS officer took charge as Commerce Secretary in 2015. At that time exports were on the decline, a series of bilateral and multilateral trade engagements were in various phases of negotiation. The competence and agility with which Teaotia helped Commerce Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, to steer India successfully through multiple crucial phases is noteworthy.
9- Anita Dongre [Founder, House of Anita Dongre]:
Anita Dongre started with just two sewing machines in the balcony of her home in Mumbai and gradually graduating to three well known clothing labels— “AND,” “Global Desi” and signature “Anita Dongre.” She not only creates designer clothes accessible to the middle class group, but has also helped traditional artisans to regain their respectability. Today, she is one of India’s leading fashion designers.
10- Zarin Daruwala [CEO, India, Standard Chartered Bank]:
She took charge as the chief executive of Standard Chartered in 2016, not many were hopeful of a meaningful turnaround. But in six months, there was a marked difference in the way the bank conducted its business with an improvement in its finances. She has received many awards in her career and was also named as one of the top 25 most powerful women in Indian business by the Fortune magazine, Business Today, the Chartered Accountant Business Achiever (by the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants) and the President’s Gold Medal winner (Company Secretary programme).
MEN!!! Celebrate International Women’s Day by presenting your mothers, wives, girlfriends, and female friends with flowers, sweets and gifts.