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Triple A: Roopa Kudva

November 11, 2010
Roopa Kudva
47, MD & CEO,
CRISIL, Region Head, South Asia, S&P
(Number of times in BT's Most Powerful list: 3)

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If I had not been here, I would have been a teacher," says Roopa Kudva, Head of CRISIL Ltd, which she claims is much more than a rating agency. CRISIL today rates close to 5,400 companies and nearly 20,000 small and medium enterprises.

Kudva's high point for the year gone by was the acquisition of Chicago based Pipal Research for $12.75 million, which will make CRISIL "a market leader in analytical offshoring". CRISIL has also extended the concept of independent equity research, which it launched last September, to over 50 companies. Equity research by market players is transactionled and hence can be biased. But is life all about ratings and research for Kudva? "If you talk of work-life balance then somewhere it means you do not enjoy one or the other. I enjoy both," she says.

-Shalini S. Dagar

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2. Zarin Daruwala
3. Lynn de Souza
4. Tanya Dubash
5. Shyamala Gopinath
6. Vinita Gupta
7. Kaku Nakhate
8. Vedika Bhandarkar
9. Manisha Girotra
10. Lalita Gupte
11. Usha Narayanan
12. Akhila Srinivasan
13. Leena Nair
14. Vinita Bali
15. Chanda Kochhar
16. Roopa Kudva
17. Naina Lal Kidwai
18. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
19. Zarina Mehta
20. Zia Mody
21. Kalpana Morparia
22. Vishakha Mulye
23. Swati Piramal
24. Meher Pudumjee
25. Madhabi Puri Buch
26. Chitra Ramkrishna
27. Preetha Reddy
28. Shikha Sharma
29. Mallika Srinivasan
30. Sangeeta Talwar

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