10 Indian women who run powerful businesses
Although the Indian corporate world is ruled by men, there are a few powerful women
leaders heading some of the major business houses in India as well as across the
globe. Here is our take on the top 10 Indian women in the corporate world.
- 1. Chanda Kochhar : Beginning her career at ICICI as a management trainee in 1984,
Chanda Kocchar has conquered the steps of ranks ladder and has reached the post
of the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank in May 2009.
Under the leadership of Kochhar, ICICI Bank won the the 'Best Retail Bank in India'
award from 2001 to 2005 and 'Excellence in Retail Banking Award' in 2002 by The
Asian Banker. She was also awarded "Retail Banker of the Year 2004, "Business Woman
of the Year 2005" and "Rising Star Award" for Global Awards 2006 by Retail Banker
International. She has been consistently figured in Fortune's list of "Most Powerful
Women in Business" since 2005. She was also ranked at number
20 in the Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women list" in 2009. She
was honoured with Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India in 2010.
- 2. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw :
A successful entrepreneur, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the Founder, Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon, the biotechnology
company delivering bio-pharmaceutical solutions. She also holds the post
of Chairperson of Syngene International Limited and Clinigene International Limited.
She started Biocon in 1978 and spearheaded its growth to an internationally recognized
bio-pharmaceutical company that focuses on diabetes, oncology and auto-immune diseases.
She was awarded the Padmabhushan for her services and contributions to the biotechnology
- 3. Naina Lal Kidwai :
the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business
School, Naina Lal Kidwai began her career at ANZ Grindlays (1982-1994).
During 1994-2002, she worked at Morgan Stanley as Vice Chairman of JM Morgan Stanley
and Head of the Investment Bank in India. In 2009, she became the Group General
Manager and Country Head, HSBC India. She was repeatedly
ranked in the Fortune global list of Top Women in Business, 12th in the Wall Street
Journal 2006 Global Listing of Women to Watch and listed by Time Magazine
as one of their 15 Global Influentials 2002. She received the Padma Shri for her
work in the promotion of Trade and Industry.
- 4. Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi :
Named #1 on Fortune's list of the "50
Most Powerful Women" and #6 on Forbes' list of the "World's 100 Most
Powerful Women" in 2010, Indra Nooyi was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She
is the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. She is regarded as the
primary architect of PepsiCo's growth strategy from the time she took over as it's
President and CFO in 2001. She is a Successor Fellow of the Yale Corporation. She
serves as a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, International
Rescue Committee, Catalyst and the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts. She was
also considered as one of "The Top Gun CEOs" by Brendan Wood
International in 2009.
- 5. Indu Jain :
is the Chairperson of India's largest and most
powerful media group, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd.,
which owns the Times of India and other large newspapers. She is an entrepreneur,
a spiritualist, an educationalist, a patron of art and culture and a humanist. She
also holds the post of the Chairperson of The Times Group. She addressed the United
Nations in 2000 at the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual
- 6. Swati Piramal :
Piramal who has a medical degree from the University of Bombay, a degree in industrial
medicine and a master's degree in Public Health from Harvard University USA, is
the Vice Chairperson of Piramal Life Sciences Limited and Director of Piramal Healthcare
Limited. As Director of Nicholas Piramal, she is responsible for research and development,
strategic alliances, communication, knowledge management, public policy, clinical
research, planning and implementation of a new clinical research organization. She
has been the Vice President of Assocham in 2008
and was elected as its President in 2009.
- 7. Mallika Srinivasan :
Mallika Srinivasan is the Director
of Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE). Upon completing her MA in econometrics
from Madras University, she went to the U.S. and did her MBA from the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania. Joining the family business in 1986, she gradually
converted TAFE into a hi-technology company and within a span of 2 decades, she
accelerating its revenue turnover from 85 crores to 2900 crores.
- 8. Preetha Reddy :
Reddy is the Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals,
one of the largest healthcare conglomerates of India. She is also one of pioneer
businesswomen of India in the segment of healthcare industry. Under her leadership,
the Apollo Speciality Hospital grown to a level of being known as a major oncology
referral centre in Asia. Apollo is also considered to be one of the few places with
facility to offer bone marrow transplantation. The hospital was first to perform
cord blood transplantation in India. She was graduated in Chemistry from the University
of Madras and has a post graduate degree in Public Administration.
- 9. Priya Paul :
is the Chairperson of Appeejay The Park Hotels chain of boutique hotels. She joined
the company at the age of 22 after finishing her studies in Economics at the Wellesley
College. With just two years of experience working under her father, she had to
take charge of the hotel chain when her father Surrendra Paul was gunned down by
the ULFA militants in Assam. She has been recognized by Forbes online as one of
India's 100 most powerful businesswomen. She also got many other recognitions such
as Young Entrepreneur of the Year award 1999-2000, Businessperson
of the year 2002-2003 etc.
- 10. Sulajja Firodia Motwani :
Sulajja Motwani is the Managing Director of Kinetic Motor
Company who looks after the company's overall business developmental activities.
She also heads the Kinetic Marketing Services Limited and Kinetic Finance. She has
been widely acknowledged for single-handedly designing and developing the marketing
strategies to spearhead the company's growth forward. She completed B.Com from Pune
University and MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh after which she joined
BARRA International, California, an investment consulting firm in the U.S. She was
rewarded with the Young Achiever's Award for Business
in the year 2002, Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World
Economic Forum in 2002 and was named the "Face of
the Millennium" by 'India Today'.