It’s hard to define the various roles anchored by women over the years. It’s even harder to quantify the impact they make – as part of a family, as game changers in society, as creative thinkers or as businesswomen. As part of our #HeForShe initiative, we explore and list out some of India’s high-achieving business woman who are breaking the proverbial glass ceiling and changing the industry as we know it, in one way or another.
(Clockwise from top): Chitra Ramkrishna, MD & CEO, National Stock Exchange; Dr. Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson of the Apollo Hospitals Ltd; Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chair-MD, State Bank of India; Vinita Gupta,CEO, Lupin Ltd; Kirthiga Reddy, MD & CEO, Facebook India; Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson & MD, Biocon Ltd; Aruna Jayanthi, ex-CEO, Capegemini India; Jyoti Deshpande, Group CEO & MD, Eros Intl; Shubhra Chadda, CEO & co-founder, Chumbak and Indu Jain, Chairperson, Bennett, Coleman & Co. & The Times Group
1 Arundhati Bhattacharya – The first female Chairperson of the State Bank of India, she is a name to reckon with in the banking industry. Ranked the 30th Most Powerful Woman in The World by Forbes in 2015, Bhattacharya has been at the forefront in empowering working women and addressing the issues they face.
2 Kiran Mazumdar Shaw – Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited and the Chairperson of IIM Bangalore, Shaw is known for her success in single-handedly spearheading Biocon despite the various setbacks she faced as an Indian woman entrepreneur. She has been named the 77th Most Powerful Woman in The World by Forbes in 2016.
3 Aruna Jayanthi – As the ex-Chief Executive Officer of Capegemini India until January 2016, Jayanthi played a key role in expanding the company’s growth and strengthening its position as an innovation hub. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of NIT, Calicut. She has won numerous accolades for her work and was ranked the 3rd Most Powerful Business Woman in India in 2012 by Fortune Magazine.
4 Chitra Ramkrishna – The first woman Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), Ramkrishna has served since its inception and is known for building a marketplace with over 1500 locations in India. Under her watch, NSE – the 10th largest exchange in the world, has listed a net capital of $1.33 trillion.
5 Kirthiga Reddy – As the first ever employee, and Managing Director and CEO at Facebook India, Reddy has been a leading force in expanding the social media giant’s presence in India. She was named as Fortune India’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in 2011.
6 Jyoti Deshpande – As the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Eros International, Deshpande is instrumental in making Eros India’s leading movie production and distribution house. Under her aegis, the company was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange in 2010.
7 Indu Jain – As the Chairperson of India’s largest media conglomerate – Bennett, Coleman & Co, and Chairperson of The Times Group, she continues to steer the group’s success. Jain is also recognized for her philanthropic activities, championing women’s rights and for her interest in literature and arts.
8 Preetha Reddy – As Executive Vice Chairperson of the Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, she is a recognized businesswoman who heads the conglomerate’s quality improvement process. Reddy is also credited with championing various social projects under her guidance.
9 Shubhra Chadda – The CEO and Co-Founder of India’s quirky theme-based brand, Chumbak, Chadda is a young entrepreneur who sold her three-bedroom apartment to raise capital for her dream project. Today, Chumbak is a popular brand with 150 stores across India and 70 in Japan.
10 Vinita Gupta – The Chief Executive of Lupin Ltd, India’s third-largest pharmaceutical company by sales, Gupta is a second-generation entrepreneur who is responsible for aggressively growing the company in global and domestic markets. Along with her brother, Nilesh Gupta, she bragged the EY Entrepreneur of The Year Award on February 11th, 2016.
These women are a force to reckon with, pivotal in breaking stereotypes, questioning the norms and doing wonders in the world. So, who’s your hero?