Meet The Top 8 Most Influential Women In Business
They are the women who scripted and wrote their own destiny in a manmade society. In a patriarchal social system where we still consider women being a second class citizen, they broke the taboos, came out of the skeletons and gleamed like a rising star. They have shown the world how to conquer obstacles. Their contribution to the business world and society is a saga of devotion, hard work and commitment.
The most influential Indian Business Women
1. Aarthi Subramanian, Executive Director, TCS
One of the most challenging assignments that Aarthi executed successfully was the Passport Seva Project. The project, as name implies, was meant to digitize the passport issuing process in India. This was TCS’s first citizen-centric programme in India, and Aarthi handled it with complete perfection. She is #1 in the list of most influential women in business.
2. Apurva Purohit, President, Jagran Group
Apurva shown her business intellect when private equity company India Value Fund (IVF) pulled up its investment in Radio City last year. She was asked to arrange funds by initiating conversations with prospective buyers.
It was a huge task indeed, but Apurva readily took the challenge and sold the business to Jagran Prakashan for close to Rs 400 crore. The amount was far higher than what IVF had paid to pick up a stake in the company in 2007. She is #2 in the list of most influential women in business.
3. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India (Ex)
Arundhati Bhattacharya is a high profile name in banking industry. Being the chairman of # PSU bank State Bank of India, she has flagged off a number of several digital banking initiatives to make the bank at par with private banks.
Soon after her appointment as the first woman chairperson of State Bank of India, she penned down key strategic goals for SBI, that included taming asset quality deterioration, improving risk management framework, checking costs, improving delivery standards and non-interest income, and leveraging technology. She is #3 in the list of most influential women in business.
4. Ashu Suyash, MD & CEO, Crisil
The appointment of Ashu Suyash for the top job at Crisil raised several eyebrows for two reasons. One, she was an outsider who got this opportunity. Notably, Crisil’s past CEOs were promoted to the position. And Two, she had no previous experience of the rating system.
But, in a span of just one and half year, she proved all the criticisms had no substance at all. Under her innovation-driven leadership, ailing Crisil went into a profit. She is #4 in the list of most influential women in business.
5. Ekta Kapoor, Joint Managing Director, Balaji Telefilms
Ekta is known for some of the super hit soaps and shows she produced for Indian television. She has been the only producer with maximum number of family dramas that broken all TRP records. Along with her pet serials, she is now busy with her latest venture Alt Digital that will offer digital content for mobiles, computers, tablets, smart TVs, etc. She is #5 in the list of most influential women in business.
6. Nita Ambani, Chairperson, Reliance Foundation
Nita Ambani takes care of the corporate social responsibility initiatives of Reliance industries. Being one of the noted directors of Reliance Industries, Nita Ambani never dictates her ‘Reliance family’ employees what to do or how to do it. She rather encourages them to spot the emerging challenges and come up with the best possible solutions. She is #6 in the list of most influential women in business.
7. Priya Nair, Executive Director, Hindustan Unilever
This pretty girl Priya Nair joined Hindustan Unilever in 1995 as a management trainee. Her willful attitude and zeal to get the things done, helped her to become Executive Director of Hindustan Unilever (Home Care Division). Nair led the entire detergents portfolio and increased the market share in this category. She is #7 in the list of most influential women in business.
8. Rekha Menon, Chairman, Accenture India
Rekha Menon mentorship helped Accenture scale up its capabilities in global markets. With her profound thought leadership, Rekha Menon successfully managed the 140,000 odd employees of Accenture India and headed them to ensure the Indian operations continue to remain core to the global technology major. She is #8 in the list of most influential women in business.
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