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Meher Pudumjee's day in the sun

November 11, 2010
Meher Pudumjee
44, Chairperson, Thermax Ltd
(Number of times inBT's Most Powerful list: 2)

Biggest achievement in 2010: Focusing on sustainable energy

Being a powerful woman is important because: Powerful to me is being a good human being and making a difference

Tip for work-life balance: Delegate instead of doing it all by yourself

A workplace without women is like: Missing out on 50 per cent of the world's population
She isn't your regular corporate CEO - Meher Pudumjee, Chairperson of Thermax Ltd, eschews management jargon, and does not think it is a big deal to be "powerful."

"I do not like the word." When it comes to strategy and execution, however, she is bang on the money. Right now, she has her hands full repositioning Thermax as a sustainable energy and environment solutions company. The company recently designed a unit to provide solar power to a village in Maharashtra in a public-private partnership.

-Anusha Subramanian

The 30 Most Powerful Women
1. Schauna Chauhan
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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