Business Today

Cover story | October 6, 2019

Against The Odds

Against The Odds

Women in leadership roles often have to spend a lot of time proving themselves. Equality at workplace is still a fair distance away

Advice To A Younger Me

MPW winners talk about their journey and what other women can do to reach the top

Fair Score

Growth in women's representation on boards of Indian companies is increasing, aided by proactive strategies

October 6, 2019

Editor's Note


The Obstacles

Despite the number of studies showing more women joining the workplace is good both for the bottom lines of corporations as well as for the country's economy as a whole, the overall representation of women in organisations has been inching up at a snail's pace, bar in a few enlightened firms

Leadership Spotlight



She has played a key role in driving the company's server CPU business and heads the India Leadership Team

The Buzz


Free Fall

A reduction in the GST rate could provide succour to the automobile industry. But the government is not too sure

Time For Capex Cut

Hero MotoCorp has announced a capex cut of up to 20 per cent or Rs 300 crore. Around 3,000 Maruti Suzuki temporary workers have lost their jobs. Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland and TVS group companies are also planning plant shutdowns

Sea Power To The Fore

Rough estimates peg the potential at 12,455 MW in Khambat & Kutch regions and large backwaters

Tricky Times Ahead

The RCEP, which has ASEAN countries along with China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is working on a mega free trade agreement

SBI Takes The Lead

SBI and a few other banks have made a beginning by reducing deposit rates, but it is only restricted to term deposit rates

Trading Of Loans Online

The recent RBI Committee report in this regard suggests creating an online marketplace where banks can sell their loans to a wider set of investors from mutual funds, insurance firms to foreign investors

Big Relief For Audit Firms

The general feeling is that a blanket ban on audit firms, especially the bigger ones, will only create trouble for Indian Inc., which will find it difficult get a replacement

Drug Sales Picking Up

Since January, drug sales in the country were witnessing less than 10 per cent growth, mainly due to the increasing number of drugs coming under price control and inventory issues

Data Security A Concern

While participation in trials is voluntary and at discretion of passengers, once the technology is fully implemented, every passenger will have to share his government ID and facial biometrics with airport operators

Economic Stress Shows

What the government does not highlight is the fact that these 100 days have also been testing times for the Indian economy The Conversation Builder

The Noida-based company's conversational AI platform is automating and improving frontline customer care

The Hub


Hard Sell

Domestic telecom equipment makers want a ban on foreign telecom vendors, but they will find it challenging to convince buyers at home

Staring Down The Furnace

The steel industry is feeling the pinch of the protracted slowdown in construction and auto sectors, two of its biggest clients. Will it be the next domino to fall?

Hear, Hear!

The podcast industry is booming with locally created content encompassing fiction, comedy and information of every kind

EVs Will At Most Lead To Slowdown In Growth Of Oil Demand

Oil prices will stay moderate, around $60 a barrel, in the next few quarters and OPEC's further "possible" cuts in oil supply will not create an upward pressure on prices, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol

The Break-Out Zone


When Tech Keeps You Safe

An online marketplace uses tech filters to protect users from scammers and miscreants

Love Reading? Get Free Books

In a digital-first world, an e-book is easily your best friend, but getting millions of them for free is a bibliophile's dream come true

Dress Up, Dazzle And Tuck In!

Take your pick from designer labels, fine jewellery and classic cuisines

Smart And Adorable

Powered by the incredibly smart Google Assistant, the slightly tilted 7-inch touch display with rounded corners, thick bezels and a speaker at the rear (it is mounted on the speaker base) looks elegant and unobtrusive

Work Buddy

This all-in-one office software suite is available for Android, macOS, Windows and Linux platforms. It features Writer, Spreadsheet and Presentation, alternatives for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, respectively

"Don't Let Change Take You By Surprise"

As companies and individuals struggle to cope with a fast-changing, tech-driven economy, the future of businesses, and that of work, seems bleak. But Beth Comstock, former Vice Chair of General Electric, believes in reinvention and remains undaunted in the face of change

Most Powerful Women


The Asset Builder

The PE veteran Renuka Ramnath's firm has the backing of many global names

The Contrarian

After a three-decade-long corporate career, Roopa Kudva has embraced the social enterprise space

Grabbing Eyeballs

Ekta Kapoor is betting big on digital entertainment as the OTT race gets tougher

Joining The Big League

Mallika Srinivasan has balanced growth and resilience to build a global business

Gritty Achiever

Putting India on the global biopharma map

Raising The Bar

Zia Mody's capability to win big and close big deals has propelled her to the top

Wholesale Banker

Vishakha Mulye is making ICICI Bank's loan portfolio more robust and risk-free

Stabilising The Ship

Zarin Daruwala has lowered stanchart india's business risk by focussing on retail loans

Far And Wide

Neha Narkhede's tech firm offers tools for fast data access

The Habitual Learner

Leena Nair's initiatives have made Unilever an even more sought-after employer

An Inspiring Journey

Komal Mangtani heads an engineering division that has developed Uber's tech-driven business platforms

The Trailblazer

Gita Gopinath is the first woman to become Chief Economist at IMF


Dhivya Suryadevara played a key role in crucial initiatives at General Motors

Growth Agent

Under Aruna Jayanthi, Capgeminis APAC and Latin American regions have reported higher growth than the other regions

Stable Presence

Manasi Kirloskar brings her design sensibilities to the business

The Relay Runner

Gazal Kalra has reduced working hours of truck drivers while increasing the efficiency of the logistics operations

No Luck By Chance

Zoya Akhtar has gone from strength to strength with narratives of characters, be it Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara or Gully Boy

Eyes On The Mark

Leading one of Indias biggest insurers, Vibha Padalkar thrives on challenge

Green Warrior

Sunita Narain is partnering with industry to help it find solutions to the pollution problem

Adding Fizz

Sarvita Sethi is helping the "rich man's start-up" take on regional players

Work & Equality

Rekha Menon of accenture emphasises the need for constant learning

New Highs

Under Radhika Gupta, Edelweiss AMC is now among the top 20 in terms of Mutual Fund Assets

A Big Winner

New laws such as RERA, IBC and GST have given Pallavi Shroff some of her biggest victories

A Step Further

Padmaja Ruparel believes in delivering more than what she is expected to

On a High

Nadia Chauhan has maintained growth momentum at the FMCG company

Moving On

Meghna Gulzar has relevant stories to tell and start conversations

The Independent

Guneet Monga is the poster girl of independent films in India, raising funds on social media platforms

New Look

Falguni Nayar aspires to make Nykaa a lifestyle brandfor women

High Rate Of Return

From Varanasi to World Bank, Anshula Kant has taken up many challenges

Standing Tall

Ashu Suyash of CRISIL maintained high standards of transparency in rating corporate debt papers

Mass Appeal

With 125 stores across three brands, Anita Dongre's company has become synonymous with women's work wear in India

Healthy Plan

Alisha Moopen is aggressively expanding into newer markets

Fighting Fit

Aisha De Sequeira successfully juggled health and career

Health Ambassador

Geetu Verma is leading Unilever's efforts to pivot to a healthier portfolio

Riding A Unicorn

Ankiti Boses Zilingo may soon become a part of the elite $1 billion club

Realistically Speaking

Myleeta Aga Williams is driving BBC's entertainment initiatives in India

A New Chapter

Kirthiga Reddy intends to make a difference for the SoftBank Vision Fund team with her technical and business expertise

Number Cruncher

Prerna Mukharya's company is gathering primary data to boost social sector development and building a tech platform to measure NGO impact

Private Matter

Neha Singh uses technology to provide data on lakhs of companies that were never tracked earlier

Fast Forward

Neha Gandhi plans to bring in more automation and modernise stovekraft

Like Family

Lavanya Nalli brings in a touch of new while maintaining the brand's core values

Customer First

Isha Ambani is improving customer experience in two most important areas for RIL - retail and telecom

Consumer Specialist

Ashni Biyani is trying to build an aspirational FMCG business on the back of new consumer insights


Vani Kola puts her weight behind promising first-time entrepreneurs

Doubling Down

Apollo Hospitals is gearing up to increase revenues by 100 per cent in five years

In The Fast Lane

Shanti Ekambaram juggles all her responsibilities with a keen sense of purpose and planning

A Good Image

Rohini Iyer has made reputation management a full-fledged business

Premium Pays

Priya Nair of HUL continues her bet on premiumisation

Change Maker

Nita Ambani is using the Reliance Foundation platform for a social impact


With Netflix, Monika Shergill has the power to tell stories that appeal to a global audience

A Promoter First

Meena Ganesh has many business interests but being promoter is the one she cares about most

Content Magic

RIL's Content Head Jyoti Deshpande is pushing through the media and entertainment plans

Smooth Driving

Zaveri is steering the company through one of the worst recessions to have hit the auto sector

Aiming High

Divya Gokulnath of Byju's is making efforts to bring more women in leadership roles

'MeToo' And After

In spite of the buzz around the #metoo movement, very little action has been taken against the people who were called out

Staying In Step

Aggression is Apurva Purohit's new mantra of doing business

New Diagnostic Levels

Ameera Shah has grown her company's revenues multiple times over the last few years


Abanti Sankaranarayanan has set herself the task of transforming the alcohol industry

Money Today

Grow Beyond Gold

The rally in gold prices could allure investors, but staying diversified to create a well-balanced portfolio is the way to long-term growth

Bargain Time

Real estate sales are yet to pick up. The market is throwing up some great deals that you can go for

"A Billion Lives Can Be Insured Only Through Digitisation"

Life insurance products should be dejargonised and the ecosystem must become transparent to attract millennials, says Sanjeev Nautiyal, Managing Director and CEO of SBI Life