Most Powerful Women in Business 2015

Most Powerful Women in Business 2015

We drew up a long list of over 150 women and then shortlisted 55 contenders. Finally, 25 made the cut after jury deliberations.
Updated : Sep 11, 2015

Meet the most powerful women in business

Business Today's 12th annual listing of women achievers. We drew up a long list of over 150 women and then shortlisted 55 contenders. Finally, 25 made the cut after jury deliberations.

Updated : Sep 11, 2015

Business Today awards Most Powerful Women of India Inc

Among the winners was, India's richest woman, Nita Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Foundation and Director of Reliance Industries.

Growing steadily: Jyotsna Suri feels the future lies in mid-segment hotels. (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Sep 27, 2015

Jyotsna Suri always looks at the big picture

The chairperson and managing director of Bharat Hotels believes the mid segment is where the future lies and, keeping pace with the way industry is moving, has been quick to launch the Lalit Traveller brand - a mid-market offering.

Going the distance: Shanti Ekambaram, 53, President, Consumer Banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Sep 27, 2015

Meet Shanti Ekambaram, banker for all seasons

Focusing strongly on the digital platform, Shanti Ekambaram is reaching out to an ever growing number of customers.

Arathi Krishna, 47, Joint Managing Director, Sundram Fasteners (Photo: HK Rajshekar)
Updated : Sep 23, 2015

Arathi Krishna has played a key role in TVS' success

In the last financial year, the company's income rose 16 per cent to Rs 3,238 crore and its stock has given a return of more than 18 per cent over the last 12 months.

Aruna Jayanthi: Leading integration between Capgemini and IGATE in India (Photo: Danesh Jassawala)
Updated : Sep 22, 2015

Aruna Jayanthi is leading integration at Capgemini

Capgemini India CEO has grown into one of the most powerful leaders in the IT services industry. The company has recently acquired IGATE which will make Capgemini's India arm one of the largest MNC IT employers.

Gender bender: Barring Nishi Vasudeva, none of the heads of the top three oil PSUs is female. (Photo: Mandar Deodhar)
Updated : Sep 22, 2015

Nishi Vasudeva has taken HPCL to new heights

The company Nishi runs is the fourth-largest in India by revenues - Rs 2.06 lakh crore in 2014/15 - making her unquestionably one of India's most powerful business people.

Cosmopolitan canvas: Anita Dongre has been promoting Indian art on the global stage (Photo: Mandar Deodhar)
Updated : Sep 20, 2015

Anita Dongre is changing lives of traditional artisans

Fiscal 2014/15 was about growth and consolidation. She renamed her company, AND Designs India. Today, it comprises over 2,500 employees, with 650 points of sale across 60 cities, including 150 exclusive brand outlets.

Food on her mind: Geetu Verma is increasing the contribution of the food business to HUL's total revenue. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Sep 20, 2015

Geetu Verma has put a new life into HUL's food biz

Verma's innovator instincts have ensured that the Rs 30,805-crore fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company has got back its much-needed focus on food.

The face of Facebook: 44-year old Kirthiga Reddy, Managing Director, Facebook India, is working with advertisers to boost revenue (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Sep 20, 2015

Kirthiga Reddy is working on making Facebook a sustainable business

Data from the Registrar of Companies show Facebook Online Services India Pvt Ltd had revenues of Rs 97.6 crore in March 2014. That is much ahead of rival Twitter.

The go getter: Sangita Singh has nearly doubled her division's revenue in four years. (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah)
Updated : Sep 20, 2015

Sangita Singh has doubled her unit's revenue in 4 yrs

The CEO, Healthcare and Life Sciences,Wipro, in 2014 declared that HLS would become a $1-billion division in a couple of years. She asserts she is on track to achieve that goal.

Global footprint: Chitra Ramkrishna-led NSE is the world's 12th largest stock exchange (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Sep 18, 2015

Ramkrishna has helped NSE leadership stay intact

the fact that Ramkrishna, the daughter of a middle-class accountant, heads the NSE as its Managing Director and CEO, makes her one of the most powerful people in Indian business.

Gearing up: Neelam Dhawan will have a challenging time ahead as HP, globally, splits into two (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Sep 18, 2015

Neelam readies HP India for new opportunities

Neelam Dhawan is as seasoned as it gets. Before HP, she was the MD of Microsoft India. She is best described by a former colleague who says she is "remarkably successful", "one of the finest sales leaders" and one who "likes winning".

Listening carefully: Tanya Dubash (Photo: Nishikant Gamre)
Updated : Sep 18, 2015

Tanya bringing Godrej Group closer to youth

The re-positioning led by Tanya Dubash, according to A. Mahendran, former Managing Director of Godrej Consumer Products, not only resulted in robust revenue growth for the group but also helped it attract better talent.

Figure this: Apollo has made three acquisitions since Suneeta Reddy took over (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah)
Updated : Sep 17, 2015

Apollo has outperformed under Sunita's leadership

Apollo Hospitals has not only grown organically, but under Managing Director Sunita Reddy, it has also made three significant acquisitions.

Action Point: Vinita Gupta, 47, CEO, Lupin, is focused and passionate (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Sep 16, 2015

Vinita Gupta's decisions have seldom gone wrong

This year alone, Lupin has acquired five companies in South Africa, Russia, the US, Germany and Brazil under CEO Vinita Gupta's leadership. Besides, she has played an important role in globalising Lupin.

Egging on: Anuradha Desai (Photo: Mandar Deodhar)
Updated : Sep 15, 2015

How Anuradha Desai is expanding her poultry biz

Desai took over the Venkateshwara Hatcheries in 1996. Today, the group has one listed company Venky's, which supplies chicken to groups like KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino's, etc.

Radhika Piramal: Maintaining pole position (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Sep 15, 2015

Radhika Piramal aims to make VIP a youthful brand

Though VIP had a market share of 60 per cent but the youth didn't identify with it. Radhika resurrected the country's first strolley brand, Skybag and positioned it as a youth product.

Reaching out: Priya Nair believes in educating consumers about her products. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Sep 14, 2015

How Priya Nair is making a difference to the society

The executive director of Hindustan Unilever's home care unit says offering her consumers the best possible products is her top priority.

Taking centre stage: Arundhati Bhattacharya is transforming SBI (Photographs by: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Sep 11, 2015

Bhattacharya has taken SBI to new heights

The first woman chief of the largest state-owned Indian bank, SBI, has packed more work than one would have expected in the two years she has been in the corner office.

Growth agenda: Under Deepika Arora, Wyndham will roll out more brands in India soon (Photo: Shekhar Ghosh)
Updated : Sep 11, 2015

Deepika's growth trick for Wyndham Hotels

In her five years with Wyndham, Deepika Arora, Vice President (International Development) for India, has trebled the number of its hotels to 24, 13 of them in new cities.