42, Vice Chairman, Credit Suisse India
(Number of times in BT's Most Powerful list: 3)
Along time ago, one of Vedika Bhandarkar's bosses barked at her: Meet at least four new clients every week. In a career that has spanned 20 years - which includes 12 years at J.P. Morgan India - and taken her to the post of Vice Chairman and Head of Investment banking at Credit Suisse India, Bhandarkar peeps into her diary every Friday to see if that happens.
"Am happy to note that it does happen," says Bhandarkar with a smile. "That is the test for me and my colleagues as well," she adds. It is a test she obviously enjoys. Almost 90 per cent of her day - which begins at 8.45 a.m. - is spent in client meetings. "That is the most fascinating part of my job. And it also gives me a huge kick,"says Bhandarkar. In addition, Bhandarkar tries to spend quality time with her team and individual members to ensure holistic growth.
|Biggest achievement in 2010: Left J.P. Morgan after 12 years to join Credit Suisse as Vice Chairman|
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