Women Achievers in Business World
Ritu Kumar, Fashion Designer
Ritu Kumar is one of India’s foremost fashion designer, and the first woman to introduce the ‘boutique’ culture in India under the brand name ‘Ritu’. A pioneer in fashion industry, she did not just make a name for herself but also has contributed immensely in the revival of Bengal's weaving and handicraft. Ritu Kumar has been awarded the Padma Shri Award 2013, the country's fourth highest civilian award for her exceptional and distinguished service in the field of fashion, textile and craftsmanship.
Chanda Kochchar, Managing Director and CEO, Icici Bank
Chanda Kochchar has been ranked as the most powerful woman in business. She heads ICICI Bank, and had begun her career as a management trainee in 1984 and successfully rose through the ranks. She also forms an important part of the PM’s Council for trade and industry.Her commendable work gained utmost importance when she was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2011. She has featured in the top 3 of Power List 2013 by India Today and has been declared the most powerful Indian woman in business by Fortune India.
Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
Consistently ranked among the top 10 most powerful women by Forbes over the years, Indra Nooyi is the CEO of the second largest beverage company of the world, PepsiCo. As a CEO she has restructured PepsiCo, administered its Performance with Purpose strategy and has been instrumental in increasing PepsiCo’s annual revenues by several billion dollars. She is a great professional with enrapturing set of skills which make each Indian proud.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder, Chair, Biocon Ltd.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the leading woman entrepreneur of India and recently she became the richest woman of India. She is the Managing Director and Chairman of Bangalore based biotech company Biocon Ltd which has been awarded over the years for its outstanding design, environmental management and innovations. She herself has been a recipient of countless prestigious awards like Padma Bhushan, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and also the Padma Shree.
Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson of State Bank of India
Arundhati Bhattacharya is the first woman to head the 206-year-old bank – The State Bank of India. She is the first woman to ever lead a Fortune 500 company in India. Considering only banking industry, she is the only woman banker in the world on that list.