In less than four decades the Indian workplace has been transformed.
Male bastions have been breached, glass ceilings have been shattered. Business Today's ninth listing of Most Powerful Women in Indian Business is our annual celebration of this trend. Full Coverage
Five women turn challenges into entrepreneurial opportunities The number of successful women entrepreneurs is growing. They are now
found in the most unlikely of places, from the most unlikely of
backgrounds, finding opportunities few knew even existed. Business Today
profiles five such unusual women entrepreneurs, who stayed the course,
overcoming all obstacles.
Meher Pudumjee prefers to talk about her company's achievements Thermax Chairperson Meher Pudumjee prefers to talk about her company's achievements rather than her own.
Nita Ambani plays different business roles with ease Nita Ambani took one more definitive step in her journey from being the
wife of the richest man in India, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh
Ambani, to being his business partner, in late 2011, when she was
nominated to the board of EIH Ltd.
Chiki Sarkar says her biggest passion is finding new talent Chiki Sarkar has proved her ability to spot talented authors and handle business.
Lynn De Souza is a soft-spoken yet tough professional Lynn de Souza, Chairman and CEO of Lintas Media Group, is a soft-spoken
yet tough professional who has spent three decades in the media
Aruna Jayanthi has a gruelling schedule The India CEO of the Paris-based IT services company Capgemini reaches
home every day by 7.30 pm and gets back to work at 10 pm, answering
e-mails and phone calls till half past midnight.
Vinita Gupta's biggest challenge is to attain a good work-life balance Her contribution to Lupin Ltd, where she is a director, was best
acknowledged when, in an interview in August, her brother Nilesh Gupta,
also a director in Lupin, said Vinita was ahead of him in the race to
lead the company
Abanti Sankaranarayanan says what counts are your achievements Abanti Sankaranarayanan has been promoted twice within a year at Diageo,
the world's largest spirits company. Sankaranarayanan, who joined
Diageo India in 2010 as marketing director, was elevated as deputy
managing director earlier this year and named managing director in July.
Ekta Kapoor on her biggest achievements Balaji Telefilms Joint Managing Director Ekta Kapoor says converting a good show like Bade Ache Lagte Hain into ratings on Sony TV was a big achievement for her.
Jyotsna Suri's practical approach kept the company growing It is her practical approach and financial prudence, among other
factors, that have kept the company growing since she took over on her
husband Lalit Suri's sudden death in 2006.
Zarin Daruwala says figuring in powerful list helps create goodwill Despite the tough environment, ICICI Bank's Zarin Daruwala managed to grow revenue
from wholesale banking by 35 per cent in 2011/12 to over Rs 26,000
Kirthiga Reddy built Facebook India from the ground up Reddy, the social-networking website's first India employee back in July
2010, built Facebook India from the ground up and has taken it well
past its start-up mode.
Vinita Bali is aggressively pushing healthy food products Britannia Industries Managing Director Vinita Bali can talk endlessly about malnutrition and why it is a silent emergency but gets little or no attention.
Arathi Krishna loves operating machines Arathi Krishna, Joint Managing Director of auto component maker Sundram Fasteners says her coworkers in the factory have stopped seeing me as a woman.
Aisha De Sequeira feels tough times are the best to build client relationships Aisha de Sequeira, Managing Director and Head, Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley India says feels tough times are the best to build client relationships.
Schauna Chauhan Saluja believes in innovative thinking Under its CEO Schauna Chauhan Saluja's watch, Parle Agro has managed to keep established brands,
going strong, while launching new ones.
Roopa Kudva shares her biggest achievement of the year For Roopa Kudva, MD and CEO, Crisil, this year's biggest achievement was
the acquisition of UK-based analytics company Coalition in June for Rs
Archana Hingorani easily navigates choppy capital markets The CEO of IL&FS Investment Managers, the private-equity firm that
manages assets worth $3.2 billion, easily navigates choppy capital markets.
Sangeeta Pendurkar focus remained on building high-performance teams Sangeeta Pendurkar, Managing Director, Kellogg's India, has focused on building high-performance teams
Tanya Dubash says everything "we did has been a huge learning" Tanya Dubash, who oversees marketing initiatives for the Godrej
companies, will complete 20 years with the group.
Current weak economic conditions do not worry Renuka Ramnath Renuka Ramnath's private-equity firm, Multiples Alternate Asset Management, is riding high.
The past year has been remarkable for Leena Nair The past year has been remarkable for Leena Nair, Executive Director,
HR, Hindustan Unilever. She has been tasked with driving diversity
across the 160 countries where Unilever has a presence.
Neha Kirpal is riding high on the success of India Art Fair Neha Kirpal is riding high on the success of India Art Fair, the
annual exhibition of modern and contemporary art she began in 2008.
Debjani Ghosh has been taking measures to quicken the pace of decision making at Intel When Debjani Ghosh took over as Intel South Asia Managing Director,
Sales and Marketing, in January, she felt the company lacked the speed a
technology company should have.
Ritu Kumar kicked off boutique culture in India Ritu Kumar kicked off boutique culture in India in 1966 when she opened her first store in Delhi.
Renu Sud Karnad feels non-stop growth can make an organisation complacent HDFC Managing Director Renu Sud Karnad says non-stop growth can make an organisation complacent, eventually leading to stagnation.
Zia Mody shares the breakthroughs in her life For nine years now, BT has paid tribute to the best and brightest of women leaders. This year Zia Mody, the managing partner of AZB & Partners, steps into the elite league of consistent honorees. Full Coverage
Shobhana Bhartia wants to benchmark HT with the best in the world Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director, Hindustan Times Group, says she wants to benchmark HT with the best in the world.
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Kalpana Morparia says her stint at ICICI put her on the path to a corporate career Kalpana Morparia, CEO, JPMorgan India, says an ICICI job put her on the path to a corporate career.
Preetha Reddy shares her breakthrough moment Preetha Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, says many hospitals in India have followed us and got themselves accredited.