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Queen of the hill: Kaku Nakhate

November 11, 2010
Kaku Nakhate
44, President & Country Head Bank of America Merrill Lync
(New on BT's Most Powerful list)

As far as second stints go, they can't get sweeter than this one. 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. The merger with Bank of America had just been completed and Nakhate was a part of the team set up to integrate the two teams. Once that task was complete, Nakhate was on her way. Only to return in June 2010 - in style - as Country Head.

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So how different is Bank of America Merrill Lynch from the organisation Nakhate left in 2009? "I am new to corporate banking, but otherwise not much has changed. It is interesting how cultures (of the two organisations) are being married in our five branches across the country," says the veteran investment banker.

An early riser, Nakhate begins her day at six a.m. and finishes her Asia calls by eight a.m. She is in office at nine a.m. and does not call it a day before midnight. Mergers can keep you busy.
-Rajiv Bhuva

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