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Tough enough: Naina Lal Kidwai

November 11, 2010
Naina Lal Kidwai
53, Country Head, HSBC
(Number of times in BT's Most Powerful list: 7)

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She is one of the more famous personifications of the India growth story. Naina Lal Kidwai, Head of HSBC in India, was called to the board of Swiss foods giant Nestlé a few years ago; and in August she was elevated to HSBC's Asia-Pacific board.

The region accounts for a little over half of the profits of HSBC Holdings. Kidwai has been with HSBC for eight years, a period during which the Indian banking operations have emerged the seventh-largest contributor to group profits. And the ambition to make HSBC India even more significant still burns brightly.

-Anand Adhikari
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