Ripa Rashid's book that she co-authored with Sylvia Ann Hewlett of Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets, looks at how employers attract and retain women in Brazil, Russia, India
and China, or BRIC, nations - as well as in the United Arab Emirates.
Obstacles women face in their climb to the top Individual capacity is vital to a person entering the corner office. But the fact remains that currently the overwhelming majority of people occupying these offices is male. Personal issues also make it difficult, especially for women in the age group of 27 to 32 years.
They were strong contenders for the BT Top 25 list this year. They were strong contenders for the BT Top 25 list this year.
The MD of Credit Suisse India wants to do something in education Vedika Bhandarkar, 43, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse in India, says her dream project will be in education that she feels is an opportunity to give back to society.
Multiples Alternate Asset Management MD and CEO enjoys work Renuka Ramnath, Managing Director and CEO, Multiples Alternate Asset Management, says her inner strength is evident in the way she reacts to the global economic crisis.
JPMorgan Chase CEO power for her means getting things done Kalpana Morparia, 62, CEO, JPMorgan Chase earned a reputation for just that at her previous workplace, ICICI Bank,
where she spent more than three decades, and it persists.
MD and CEO of ICICI Venture Funds Management has an impressive career graph Vishakha Mulye, 42, took over as Managing Director and CEO of ICICI
Venture Funds Management two years ago, after having been Chief
Financial Officer of the ICICI group.
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise MD worries about the health of Indian woman Preetha Reddy, 53, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise, loves
art and has even trained in the fine arts. But the healing provided by
her chain of hospitals gives her even more pleasure.
Britannia Industries MD The rising prices of wheat, sugar and dairy products worry Vinita Bali,
54, Managing Director, Britannia Industries, as much as they do every
The chairperson and editorial director of HT Media wants to see more women at the top A nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, Shobhana Bhartia also runs one of
India's largest media houses. She is Chairperson and Editorial Director
of HT Media which had revenues of Rs 1,815 crore in 2010/11.
The Group President and CEO, Lupin Pharmaceuticals on expansive mode for the firm Vinita Gupta, 43, Group President and CEO, Lupin Pharmaceuticals and
Director, Lupin, is based in the United States, but has been in India a
lot in the past one year.
The ED and V-P, Human Resources, South Asia, HUL has introduced flexi-hours at the company Leena Nair joined Hindustan Unilever Ltd on passing out and has stayed with the compnay for 19 years.
The Managing Director and CEO of Crisil rates idea above hierarchy Roopa Kudva, 47, Managing Director and CEO of Crisil, has been with the
rating agency for 19 years. She is also Region Head, South Asia, of
Standard & Poor's, which holds majority shares in Crisil.
The Managing Partner of AZB & Partners believes in honesty Zia Mody, 55, is Managing Partner, AZB & Partners, the law firm that
has advised companies such as Reliance Industries, Vedanta and Bharti
Airtel on their biggest deals - with BP, Cairn and Zain, respectively.
The MD and Country Head of Fidelity International's Indian asset management business loves challenges Ashu Suyash, 44, has been Managing Director and Country Head of Fidelity
International's Indian asset management business since late 2003.
Reliance Industries' first lady attributes her passion for education to her middle-class family background A day in the life of Nita Ambani, Reliance Industries' first lady,
includes attending to the needs of her family and checking on work
progress at her dream projects.
The Programming Head of TV channel Colors believes in doing things differently Ashvini Yardi, the 38-year-old Programming Head of TV channel Colors says was not easy for Yardi to take on established channels like Star, Zee
and Sony when Colors started, but she let her work do the talking.
The CEO and Executive Director of IL&FS Investment Managers is result-oriented Archana Hingorani, 45, is CEO and Executive Director of IL&FS
Investment Managers, which controls a private equity corpus of $3.2
billion, one of the biggest in the country.
For the MD of KMCC, the biggest challenge is doing a successful IPO for a firm Falguni Nayar, 48, Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, or KMCC,
The Joint MD of Balaji Telefilms is addicted to American television shows Ekta Kapoor, Joint Managing Director of Balaji Telefilms, has been the
talk of the television industry for over two decades. Most of her shows
are among the top 50 on TV.
The Head of Facebook India Office believes in creating new choices Kirthiga Reddy, Director, Online Operations, and Head, Facebook India Office says do not accept choices that are given to you.
CEO and Managing Director of Pearson Education Services banks on start-up energy The serial entrepreneur, and CEO and Managing Director of Pearson Education Services says she has been driven largely by what she calls "start-up" energy.
The chairperson and MD of Bharat Hotels is known for her strong ideas Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and Managing Director, Bharat Hotels, is known for her strong ideas and forthright behaviour.
The Managing Director of HDFC has all the reasons to be happy Renu Sud Karnad, Managing Director of Housing Development Finance Corporation, often check with her employees if they are having fun working at the company.
Chiki Sarkar, Publisher, Penguin Books India, has plans for new kinds of books Sarkar, now 34, took over as the publisher of Penguin Books India, the
largest English trade publisher in the subcontinent. On the anvil are
plans for new kinds of books, even ebooks.
The senior V-P and group head, human resources, Infosys, feels she is still learning Nandita Gurjar, 50, Senior Vice President and Group Head, Human
Resources, Infosys, has a great deal on her plate. She has to manage the
expectations of 1.3 lakh employees and build the Infy brand globally.
The CEO of Capgemini India grabbed every opportunity that came her way The CEO of Capgemini India has eagerly grabbed every opportunity that came her way in the last
two-and-a-half decades to reach where she is now.
Top women professionals debate whether Indian marriages are ready for the working woman. Business Today held a panel discussion at The Leela, Mumbai, to
debate the subject: How 'ready' are Indian marriages to accept
Tractors and Farm Equipment CEO prefers no-frills working style Mallika Srinivasan's grit and unique working style have made her company India's second largest tractor manufacturer.
The Axis Bank MD and CEO's achivements are formidable Despite her numerous achievements, Axis Bank chief Shikha Sharma remains unfailingly modest.
The Piramal Healthcare Director runs the business with a smile Doctor-turned businesswoman Swati Piramal runs Piramal Healthcare with a smile - and quiet resolve.
The chairman and managing director of Biocon admires people who dare to do things differently Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw made several unusual choices on her way to building Biocon into a billion-dollar business
The managing director and CEO of ICICI Bank can command an army A colleague of ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar says she is so capable that she could even command an army.
The country head of HSBC was the first woman to enter the male bastion of investment banking A role model for Indian women in financial services, Naina Lal Kidwai is all grit behind the genteel persona.
BT's eighth annual list tells stories of dreams come true This issue of Business Today celebrates those who have tackled it
head-on. There have been sacrifices: being unable to meet a dying
father, delaying marriage, getting little time with children. But BT's eighth annual list of the Most Powerful Women also tells stories of dreams come true. ALSO SEE: Hall of Fame | Full Listing | Videos
The chief creative officer of broadcasting at UTV loves fixing problems Zarina Mehta, 49, Chief Creative Officer of Broadcasting at UTV, has
recently launched a new channel, UTV Stars, and is busy getting
programmes on air.
'Why are there are so few women on Corporate India's boards' Why are there so few women on Corporate India's boards? Companies complain they cannot find enough of them. This is partly true. But the whole truth should also include the way the nominations committee process works in most boards.