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  • A handful of organisations wants more Arjundas is MD & CEO of Mahindra women in high places.
  • Women are taking to the entrepreneurial world with gusto.
  • Indian deal shops are not testosterone-charged boiler rooms.
  • From being a minority in the workforce, women have come a long way. A BT-Vital Voices round table found they still need support to be active participants in economic growth.
  • Our seventh listing of India's power businesswomen we also take a look at how corporate India is attempting to bring more women into positions that matter.
  • Schauna Chauhan has been associated with the business since 1999 when she joined the company's board as a director at age 22.
  • Zarin Daruwala started her career, in the late eighties, working with eminent chartered accountant Y.H. Malegam, who later advised her to join ICICI Ltd
  • Ever since she stepped into the tough-as-nails advertising and media industry in 1983, de Lynn de Souza has learnt to take on crises and competition - and thrive.
  • Tanya Dubash, Adi Godrej's eldest daughter and Executive Director & President, Marketing, for the group, handles its marketing initiatives and also heads the marketing council.
  • Shyamala Gopinath has one of the toughest jobs going around - of managing the government's burgeoning borrowings and also keeping an eye on the rupee.
  • Vinita Gupta has almost singlehandedly shown the world how India can succeed in the market for branded drugs in the United States.
  • It is a warm and welcome change when you enter Hindustan Unilever's new, sprawling work campus spread over 7 lakh sq. ft. in Mumbai's western suburbs. The catalyst for this change is Leena Nair.
  • In July 2009, 44-year-old Kaku Nakhate, then Head of Global Markets, left DSP Merrill Lynch after 19 years to join J.P. Morgan India.
  • In a career that has spanned 20 years 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.
  • In 2010, Manisha Girotra, CEO and Country Head of UBS, was back at what she does best - playing a role in billion dollar cross-border transactions.
  • Sixty-two-year-old Lalita Gupte has seen it all - from the time she joined as a trainee in the project appraisal department of ICICI in 1971 to being called onto the board of Alstom of France five months ago.
  • Usha Narayanan is in charge of all matters relating to foreign institutional investors, or FIIs, and the primary market.
  • Akhila Srinivasan devotes roughly 80 per cent of her time to managing Shriram Life Insurance, one of the companies in the Rs 40,000 crore Shriram Group.
  • Vinita Bali has more than doubled revenues at Britannia Industries, the Bangalore-based biscuits-tobreads company, from Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 3,800 crore.
  • Chanda Kochhar takes customer feedback very seriously, and makes it a point to read every e-mail that comes in.
  • Roopa Kudva high point for the year gone by was the acquisition of Chicago based Pipal Research for $12.75 million, which will make CRISIL "a market leader in analytical offshoring".
  • Naina Lal Kidwai, Head of HSBC in India, was called to the board of Swiss foods giant Nestl a few years ago; and in August she was elevated to HSBC's Asia-Pacific board.
  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has been travelling across Europe and Asia to meet customers and potential clients, all the while finding new ways to grow her biotechnology business.
  • Zarina Mehta has been pushing the envelope of creativity - some would argue that she is also pushing the boundaries of decency - with radical programming.
  • This writer waited for Zia Mody along with a young lady at her South Mumbai office - she had come to be interviewed at Mody's law firm, AZB & Partners. Half of those who work at AZB Partners are women.
  • In 2009, Morparia claims, J.P. Morgan India ranked No. 1 on the investment banking league tables.
  • Eighteen months ago, Vishakha Mulye was parachuted from ICICI's general insurance subsidiary to take charge of the group's venture capital arm when a mini crisis erupted after the abrupt exit of Renuka Ramnath.
  • Swati Piramal, President of industry body Assocham, believes the opinions communicated by the business chambers in India are often the ones forwarded by the most active members.
  • She isn't your regular corporate CEO - Meher Pudumjee, Chairperson of Thermax Ltd, eschews management jargon, and does not think it is a big deal to be "powerful."
  • Chitra Ramkrishna, unarguably India's most powerful woman in the lucrative exchanges space, shrugs off the competition as inevitable.
  • It may be one of the oldest clichs in the book, but Madhabi Puri Buch "looks to make a difference in whatever I do.
  • Seven days a week - Preetha Reddy works Sundays too.
  • Is it lonely at the top? If you ask Axis Bank's chief Shikha Sharma this question, you are likely to get an honest answer.
  • For Mallika Srinivasan, tractors are her passion, as is Tractors and Farm Equipment, or TAFE, the company of which she is a director.
  • As Managing Director of NDDB Dairy Services, which is based on the National Dairy Plan, Sangeeta Talwar's mandate is to usher in the second White Revolution by doubling the country's milk production to 200 million tonnes over the next 10 years.
  • There is no power women waiting in the wings.
Nov 28, 2010
Event New beginnings

New beginnings

A new venue, Chandigarh, joined the circuit as the 2010-11 edition of the Business Today-Honda Pro-Am of Champions got under way.

An evening for winners

India's small and medium entrepreneurs rarely get the limelight they deserve although they are the heart of the economy. BT and YES Bank are changing all that.
Features High on herbs

High on herbs

Meraj Manal is taking ayurveda places.

Bellary in crisis

The economy of the mineral-rich town has been left reeling after Karnataka's ban on export of iron ore.

Trading places

Some $10 billion worth of export deals were sealed during President Barack Obama's visit but, for Indian industry, there was a bigger takeaway: Those greenbacks were not - as one Indian head honcho put it - handouts, but from a hand outstretched. India Inc's CEOs spell out the gains.

Lean on Me

The United States economy needs India more than ever, says Chaitanya Kalbag. More from the visitIn Pictures: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Special A virtuous spread

A virtuous spread

Social entrepreneurship goes mainstream as the bottom of the pyramid gets more attention as a market.

Aqua strife

Private answers to a shortage of public good No. 1 - water - are emerging but that's only a small start to fixing what will be a big problem in future.

White hot

Though minuscule by world standards, India's solar efforts are attracting attention for their potential in the coming years.
INDIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT India's Achilles' heel

India's Achilles' heel

With the three-day Indian Economic Summit beginning Sunday, Suman Layak writes how corruption keeps pace with a booming economy. The bad news, he says, is there are few signs of it being reined in.  Live stream

Power of execution

The India Economic Summit, beginning Sunday, will focus on that unfinished business of execution and topics that are grabbing attention of businessmen and policymakers.
Money Maintain the right balance

Maintain the right balance

It is prudent for investors to rebalance their portfolios at regular intervals to match their asset allocation with their changing risk appetite.

Small bets, big profits

Small- and mid-cap funds have been outperformers in the past one year, but this should not make them the mainstay of your fund portfolio.
Interviews Liquidity will remain tight: D. Subbarao

Liquidity will remain tight: D. Subbarao

Five days after Duvvuri Subbarao stepped into the office of the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers collapsed.
Focus Find out the meaning of a new business word: Curbstoning

Find out the meaning of a new business word: Curbstoning

What it means: Conducting a streetside business without an appropriate licence, especially in the auto business.

Numbers of note

50,000 The number of people TCS plans to hire in 2010-11. Infosys will add 40,000 employees.

D-street on your mobile

Stock trading promises to spread as the BSE and NSE offer mobile trading platforms.

Well said

[V] can do it

Star TV's music network stages a spectacular recovery in 2010.

A wake-up call

The world's largest democracy and an emerging economic superpower ---- the India Shining story has captivated the world. And yet, the truth is that the Indian state has an abysmal record on vital human development parameters, as a recent report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) finds.

Riding the dragon

In January 1999, when Venugopal Dhoot of consumer durables major Videocon International went on a reconnaissance trip to Shanghai, he was floored by what was on offer.

5 steps to here

Tata motors back in the black


It is official. The Chinese have the fastest supercomputer in the world. At 2.507 petaflops, Tianhe-1A has 1.4 times the horsepower of Cray's XT5 Jaguar, its nearest rival. Just for the record, a flop is 1,000 trillion operations per second.
Utility Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes?

Start preparing to be a leader before you get the role.

The endorphin junkies

Fund managers, bankers and corporate honchos of Mumbai are putting on their running shoes. Here is why.
Deal Watch Biggest deals in last 30 days

Biggest deals in last 30 days

Opto Circuits (India), a manufacturer of patient monitoring systems, is set to buy out the US-based Cardiac Science Corporation in an all-cash, $54.8 million deal.
Product Reviews Fresh Apples

Fresh Apples

Apple gives the iPod range a makeover and an intriguing possibility emerges.
Book Reduced to mush

Reduced to mush

The book does have a message, but it is not conveyed properly, says Santosh Desai.
Technology Broadband on steroids

Broadband on steroids

Will a new wireless technology change the way you surf?
Jobs Naukri goes back to school

Naukri goes back to school

After jobs, education is expected to be the new growth engine.
People People Business

People Business

Felix Padel's book Out of This Earth: East India Adivasis helped build the case for the Ministry of Environment and Forests' rejection of the project for bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri Hills.
Stocks Ahead of the pack

Ahead of the pack

Corporate India has done better than its counterparts elsewhere and the economy is humming again, argues Nandan Chakraborty.
Letters Readers' forum

Readers' forum

The BT 500 (BT cover, November 14) is a valuable compendium of the most successful Indian companies in the private and public sectors.
Editors note From the Editor

From the Editor

The stories about India's women business leaders are uplifting and inspirational. BT's 30 Most Powerful Women profiles major achievers over the past year.
Leadership Leaderspeak with Biswadip Mitra

Leaderspeak with Biswadip Mitra

Texas Instruments India President and MD, Biswadip Mitra talks about what works for him.