Most Powerful Women in Business 2012These women have managed to think outof the box and showed tremendousleadership qualities. Some founded theirown companies, while some took upprestigious roles in family owned businessand a few took up the executive ladder.They all played an important role in India’seconomic crisis. Listed below are thewomen, who really made a difference!
PREETHA REDDYManaging Director at Apollo Hospitals, Preetha saysmany hospitals in India have followed us onaccreditation from Joint Commission International, U.S."This has been immensely satisfying as a pioneeringstep taken by Apollo is once again impacting thestandards of health care across India." Apollo Hospitalstoday are one of the largest healthcare conglomeratesof India and she is one of the pioneer businesswomenof India in the segment of healthcare industry.
KALPANA MORPARIAKalpana Morparia, CEO of JPMorgan India states that the biggestturning point in her career was when she joined ICICI in 1975. Thatled to the comprehensive transformation of an individual who, untilthen, had no purpose to life and had to be pushed through schooland even college, be it her graduation or her training in law. TheICICI job put her on the path to a corporate career. She was namedone of “The 50 Most Powerful Women in International Business” byFortune magazine in 2008 and one of the 25 most powerful womenin Indian business by Business Today, a leading Indian businessjournal, in the years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Morparia was alsonamed one of the ‘The 100 Most Powerful Women’ by ForbesMagazine in 2006. She also serves on the Board of Bennett,Coleman & Company and CMC Limited.
ZIA MODYZia Mody, Managing Partner at AZB & Partners states, “For me, re-calibrating myself from a counsel into an M&A (mergers andacquisitions) lawyer was also a personal breakthrough. Many of theteam members who were with us when we started off together arestill with us. I did miss all the excitement of the courtroom in thebeginning. Winning a case in court is the biggest adrenalin boostone can get." Business Today listed Mody as one of the 25 mostpowerful business women in India several times since September2004 through 2011. She is a recipient of the Financial ExpressKnowledge Professional of the Year Award. She was also named oneof Indias 100 Most Powerful CEOs by The Economic Times in 2004and 2006. She is also the recipient of the Economic Times Awardsfor Corporate Excellence as the Businesswoman of the Year, 2010.The awards are given out every year and are seen as the foremostauthority in recognizing excellence in the Indian corporate market.
RENU SUD KARNADRenu is the Managing Director at HDFC. She feels herbiggest challenge was to grow HDFC while keeping itsculture intact. Karnad is responsible forstrategy, budget, product development anddistribution for the all-India lending operations. Sheis a Law graduate of the University of Bombay and aPost Graduate in Economics from Delhi University.
RITU KUMARRitu Kumar the well known fashion designer in the industryfeels that balancing the preservation of Indias traditional artand fabrics with the effervescent desires of todays youth isher biggest challenge. Ritu’s outfits have been patronized bystyle icons such as late Princess Diana and Jemima Khan.Kumar co-authored a book “Costumes and Textiles of RoyalIndia” published by Christies in 1999, which chronicles thehistory of textiles and art design in India. Kumar has opened anew flagship store in North America in The Mall at Oak Treein Edison, New Jersey.
DEBJANI GHOSHDebjani Ghosh is Intels South Asia Managing Director, Salesand Marketing. She is a native of Delhi, has been with Intelfor 17 years. Her most recent role at the company was assales and marketing director for Southeast Asia. Herbiggest challenge was coming to terms with the fact thatthe market is changing dramatically.
LEENA NAIRLeena is at present the Executive Director, HR at HindustanUnilever. She would love to inspire a million women so theycan have it all. She has been on Business Today “mostpowerful woman” list for 5 consecutive years. She has beenvoted one of the 50 most influential women in India by Vervemagazine. She was awarded Young Woman Achiever of theyear 2008 in Business by FICCI (YFLO). She has also beenawarded the HR Achiever of the Year in 2009 by the WorldHRD Congress. She has received 4 awards in 2010 as “HRProfessional of the Year” and was awarded “Seasoned HRProfessional for 2010” by NHRDN. In 2011, she has beenconferred as the HR Champion by Hindustan Times and HRLeader of the Year by STAR News Talent Leadership.
TANYA DUBASH• Tanya Dubash is on the boards of several Godrej Group companies including Godrej Consumer Products, Godrej Industries, and Godrej Agrovet. As Executive Director & President, Marketing she is also charged with enhancing the value of the Godrej Brand and evolving the Group to a more Brand driven organization. She is a graduate in Economics & Political Science, Brown University, USA, and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. She was recognized by the WEF as a YGL in 2008. She is a Trustee of the Brown University and a member of the Brown - India Advisory Council.
RENUKA RAMNATHRenuka is the Founder of Multiples Alternate AssetManagement. Prior to founding Multiples, Renuka hasspent nearly two and a half decades in the Indianfinancial sector. In the last decade, Renuka wasresponsible for scaling ICICI Venture to one of the largestPE funds in India by raising third party funds andconstructing a classical GP-LP relationship in aninstitutional platform. Renuka holds a Bachelor ofEngineering and an MBA from the University of Mumbai.She has completed the AMP from Harvard BusinessSchool.
Arathi KrishnaMs. Arathi Krishna has been Joint Managing Director ofSundram Fasteners Ltd., since June 2010. Ms. Krishnaserved as the Managing Director of Sundram FastenersLtd., since May 3, 2006. She has been an ExecutiveDirector of Sundram Fasteners since May 3, 2006. Ms.Krishna is a Gold Medallist in Economics from MadrasUniversity and holds an MBA from Michigan University.
VINITA BALIVinita is MD at Britannia Industries. She was ManagingPrincipal and Head of the Business Strategy at the groupsAtlanta location. She left in 2005 to take up the position ofCEO at Indian food company Britannia Industries where shewas eventually appointed Managing Director in 2006.Under her direction, Britannias revenue tripled to $841million. Bali was awarded the "Business Woman of theYear" Award at the 2009 Economic Times Awards. In 2009she founded the Britannia Nutrition Foundation whichcombats child malnutrition through the distribution offortified biscuits to Indian schoolchildren. She won aCorporate Social Responsibility Award for her work with thefoundation. In 2011 Forbes named her on its list of "Asias50 Power Businesswomen".
KIRTHIGA REDDYKirthiga Reddy is the Head at Facebooks Indiaoperations. Reddy holds a Masters in businessadministration from Stanford University and an M.S. incomputer engineering from Syracuse University.Experimental by nature she has worked withestablished brands such as Silicon Graphics andMotorola. At Silicon Graphics, she was the youngestdirector of engineering and the only woman at thatlevel in her team. One of the career challenges for herwas when she moved from running productmanagement at Motorola to coming back to India foran 18-month assignment for a general managementrole.
EKTA KAPOORWho doesn’t know her? The queen of dailysoaps, Ekta Kapoor is the Joint MD of BalajiTelefilms. Her biggest challenge is balancingpersonal and work life, and being acceptedbeyond my professional successes. She branchedout into Bollywood movie production in 2001beginning with Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta.Kucch To Hai and Krishna Cottage based onsupernatural themes followed in 2003 and 2004.She did her schooling at Bombay ScottishSchool, Mahim and attended college at MithibaiCollege.
ARCHANA HINGORANIArchana is the CEO of IL&FS Investment Managers. She hasbeen with the IL&FS Group for 16 years and has worked onsome of the pioneering private finance transactions inIndia. Her main focus over the last 14 years has been onprivate equity fund management. She is one of thefounding members of the IL&FS private equity business andhas overseen investments with an aggregate capitalizationvalue in excess of US$ 10 billion. She leads an investmentteam of around 40 professionals. She is a Bachelor of Arts(Economics) with post-graduate qualifications inManagement (MBA) as well as a Ph.D. in Corporate Financefrom the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She is also amember of United Nations EnvironmentProgramme, Finance Initiative, Property Working Group.
ROOPA KUDVARoopa has been Executive Director of CRISIL Ltd since July2005. Ms. Kudva joined CRISIL in 1992. She had previouslyworked for six years at Industrial Development Bank ofIndia in the Project Finance department. Ms. Kudva servesas a Director of India Index Services & ProductsLtd., EconoMatters, UK. and CRISIL MarketWire Ltd. Ms.Kudva has also worked in emerging markets in theMediterranean and Middle Eastern countries during hersecondment to Standard & Poors, Paris, asDirector, Financial Institutions Ratings. She served as aDirector of National Commodity And Derivatives ExchangeLimited until September 27, 2010. She holds a graduatedegree in Statistics and a post-graduate diploma inManagement from the Indian Institute ofManagement, Ahmedabad.
SHOBHANA BHARTIAShobhana Bhartia, the Chairperson and Editorial Director atHindustan Times Group feel that the media was the onebusiness, of the many her family was involved with, whichreally fascinated her. From an early age, she would come upwith ideas for their newspaper Hindustan Times. She wouldbounce these off her father, K.K. Birla. He realised herpassion. But to convince him that she could lead anewspaper took a lot of hard work." When Bhartia joinedHindustan Times in 1986, she was the first woman chiefexecutive of a national newspaper and probably one of theyoungest. She is considered to be one of the motive forcesbehind the transformation of the Hindustan Times "into abright, young paper."