A number of women leaders have made it to the corner office in the past year. Interestingly, the state-owned banks have been in the lead in promoting them to the top job. A list of the best known among them.
Nishi Vasudeva, Chairman & Managing Director, HPCL
Chairman & Managing Director, HPCL From Feb 28, 2014
An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, she is currently Director (Marketing) at HPCL. She will take over the top job in February next year. She has experience of over 30 years in the oil industry beginning with Engineers India Ltd.
Chief Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission From September 5, 2013
An Indian Information Service offi cer of the 1971 batch, Sandhu is the fi rst woman in this position. Prior to her current assignment, she was Director General DD News and Director General (News) All India Radio.
From Oct 7, 2013
She is the fi rst woman in this position at the country's largest bank. Bhattacharya started her career with this very bank as a probationary offi cer in 1977. During her 36-year tenure, she has held varied assignments, including Deputy Managing Director and Corporate Development Offi cer. She also headed SBI Capital Markets Ltd, an SBI subsidiary, and the New York offi ce of SBI.
Chairperson, Central Board of Direct Taxes
From June 1, 2013
She is a 1976-batch Indian Revenue Service offi cer. Sharma earlier served as member (legislation and computerization) in the seven-member CBDT. She has also served as Director General (Vigilance) of the Income Tax department before her appointment to the CDBT.
Managing Director and CEO, National Stock Exchange
From April 1, 2013
A qualified chartered accountant, she has been with the NSE since it was launched in 1991. She was part of the fi ve-member core team selected by the government to create a screen based pan-Indian stock exchange
VIJAYALAKSHMI R. IYER
Chairperson and Managing Director, Bank of India
From November 5, 2012
She has more than 30 years of experience in banking. Her career began with Union Bank of India in 1975 where she was a field offi cer for 12 years. Before joining Bank of India she was Executive Director of Central Bank of India.
Chairperson, Central Board of Excise & Customs
From August 9, 2012
Mahajan is a 1976 batch Indian Revenue Service offi cer. For the fi rst time, the CBEC has an all women board, the other members being Shiela Sangwan (Service Tax), Sreela Ghosh (Excise), Shanti Sundaram (Legal) etc.
Chairman & Managing Director, United Bank of India (UBI)
From April 23, 2013
She joined United Bank of India (UBI) as its Chairperson and Managing Director in April, 2013. Her banking career began with Punjab National Bank (PNB) as a management trainee. She worked for 34 years with PNB and handled corporate credit, priority sector, planning and development and fi nancial Inclusion. She was also Executive Director with Canara Bank before joining UBI.
Chairman & Managing Director, Allahabad Bank
From October 4, 2012
She began her career with Bank of Maharashtra as a probationary offi cer. Before taking over the top job at Allahabad Bank, she was Executive Director at Vijaya Bank. She has vast banking experience and has handled various responsibilities including recovery, credit, fund management and accounts.
Graphic by Santosh Kushwaha
Research by Jyotindra Dubey