Bean there, counted that: Lalita Gupte
November 11, 2010Lalita Gupte
62, Member on boards of Nokia and Alstom; Chairperson, ICICI Venture Funds
(Number of times in BT's Most Powerful list: 4)
She has been there, done that - and is still doing a lot more. 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. And she knows all about being a woman in the male-dominated business world - and how to deal with it. Ask her how she balances work and life, and she is quick to retort: "We do not see men being asked or talking about work-life balance." But she does agree that men are more empathetic these days than they were a decade or two earlier. "Men are beginning to understand that they have to contribute to things like looking after children," adds Gupte.
"I try to keep myself busy and intellectually occupied," says Gupte who has a daughter who is an architect in the United States and a son who works for a financial services firm in Singapore. "Indian professionals today have the right kind of experience to play a role in global corporations," she points out. The folks at Nokia and Alstom will agree with that.