Business Today

Cover story | October 9, 2016

The First Ladies' Club

The First Ladies' Club

In the mid-1970s, when women started pursuing professional education - engineering, accountancy, business administration - outlooks changed and it progressively started to change things on the ground.

October 9, 2016



People Business

Patanjali Ayurved's co-founder and MD, Acharya Balkrishna, a close aide of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, has been ranked the 26th richest man in India having a net worth of Rs 25,600 crore, according to the recently released Hurun India Rich List 2016.



A Societal Journey Weaved in Ads

This is an engaging book about how advertising has been a reflection of changing times and the evolving societal outlook. By K.V. Sridhar

Five Star Rating

Crisil's revenue has seen an upswing under Ashu Suyash's innovation-led agenda.

Setting the Agenda

Zarin Daruwala aims to give a big push to retail banking at Standard Chartered.

Mulye has managed to make all her stints at ICICI count

The 47-year-old Vishakha Mulye, who started as a corporate banker at the erstwhile financial institution ICICI Ltd, recently completed two productive stints at the group's subsidiaries - ICICI Lombard General Insurance and ICICI Venture.

The best is yet to come for Lupin: Vinita Gupta

I have always been inherently passionate and ambitious about work and family, and perhaps it has a lot to do with my genes. Growing up, it was often hard to separate the family from the business of Lupin.

How Vanitha Narayanan brought IBM back in the swing

According to Narayanan, her competitive attitude dates back to her growing-up years. "I had a mother, who, when told, that I had got 96 in math, would ask 'why did you lose those four marks?' So, I am a bit of a perfectionist and driven to win."

Climbing New Heights

Kola's business acumen and insights have made Kalaari Capital a force to be reckoned with.

The Change Agent

Usha Sangwan's digital initiatives are helping LIC get ready for the future.


USD 505 1 billion or 7 69 per cent of GDP is India's welfare losses due to air pollution next only to Chinas USD 1589 7 billion in 2013


Asia-Pacific Summit on Low Carbon Technology

The People Person

From rationalising hierarchy for efficient functioning to keeping NPAs in check, Sunita Sharma is driving LIC Housing Finance on the path of growth.

Understated But Effective

Sonali Kulkarni has added substantially to the customer base of Fanuc India over the past year.

Under Schauna Chauhan, Parle Agro is growing despite all odds

Parle Agro Pvt Ltd had registered a revenue of Rs 1,260.99 crore in the financial year ended in March 2015, up 26 per cent over the previous financial year. The net profit rose to Rs 107 crore from a loss of Rs  66 lakh in the same period.

HCL founder Shiv Nadar's daughter is preparing for the long haul

The past few years have been about the rise of Shiv Nadar's only child Roshni - the inheritor of everything he has created. She joined the board of HCL Corporation in September 2008 and was appointed the CEO in April 2009.

The Doer

Teaotia is credited with negotiating well to boost India's trade prospects.

The Consistent Club

The achievers who have made it to our list this year too.

Why Gender Diversity Is a Business Imperative

Women matter for business and economic growth. It is a no-brainer, but somehow requires constant reminding and research.

Playing to Win

With Menon at the helm, Accenture India is breaking new ground.

"Winning a tournament cannot be a goal"

Pullela Gopichand, Chief National Badminton Coach, whose guidance led P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal to win Olympic medals, talks to E. Kumar Sharma on what it takes to nurture talent.

Hall of Fame - 2016

A brief look at the women in BTs elite club

New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are worth upgrading to

The tech universe was abuzz as Apple unveiled its latest marvels - the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - setting off a war of words between Apple fanatics and Android aficionados. The phones will go on sale in India from October 7.

Life's Lessons for the Leaders of Tomorrow

I feel this is an incredible time to be a career woman. India is one of the youngest countries in the world demographically, and offers tremendous opportunities to the growing workforce.

Why Marketing Matters

Chief marketing officers need to be responsible for or engaged with anything that connects markets to customers in a profitable and sustainable manner.

Letters to the Editor

Business Today readers share their feedback on the magazine's coverage.

The Preferred Banker

Kaku Nakhate has made India the most profitable market in the Asia-Pacific for BoAML.

Versatile Storyteller

Ekta Kapoor is confident that her recent foray into digital will take her business to greater height.

True Grit

The financial sector in India boasts of some of the more high-profile women CEOs and other C-suite executives. It is also the sector where women first broke through the glass ceiling.

Learn From Everybody

For anyone connected with this great nation, there is no doubt that we have entered a very interesting passage of time. Time and again, people have labelled India as a developing nation.

Management 'Gurukul'

Instead of being a beguiling tale about the rise of Emami, the book imparts basic, run-of-the-mill management lessons. By Sandip Ghose

Singing a New Tune

Apurva Purohit is scaling up Jagran Group's non-publishing businesses.

Playing Referee

After big reforms in CBDT, Anita Kapur has joined the tribunal that decides appeals against CCI decisions.

Alice Vaidyan, the first woman in top post at a public sector insurer

It was this single-minded focus on taking up newer challenges that took her to the top at General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) in a decade that saw many women executives bag top jobs in the country's financial services companies.

Meet Aarthi S, the first woman in TCS' board of directors

Colleagues fondly call Subramanian, who last year became the first woman employee to make it to the board of directors of TCS, as 'Ms Fixit'. "She has a solution for any challenge," says a young team member.



Conform or Perish

In India, what women wear to work is a big determinant of how they will be accepted in the workplace. In the 1970s and 1980s, wearing a sari was a must to signal that you were an executive and not support staff, and wanted to be taken seriously



Business Today celebrates India's most powerful women entrepreneurs

The 30 winners were a virtual who's who in the world of business. As many as nine achievers were repeat winners, making it to our list this year too.



Fair Score

The number of women on Indian companies' boards has shown a distinct uptick.

India, Pak Trade Up

On August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a shift in the country's strategy to tackle Pakistan by raising the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir or POK.

RCom-Aircel merged entity may continue to struggle

The RCom-Aircel merged entity may continue to struggle, given its own issues and a hostile market. The merged entity will also have to depend heavily on Reliance Jio to survive in a market that's changing fast.

Apple Tax Ripe to Pick?

India may not be toeing the European Commission line on taxing Apple to go after errant MNCs.

Lessons for Indian pharma from pricing concerns in US

There are lessons for Indian pharma companies from the drug pricing concerns in the US.

Time to book profits as valuations are stretched

It would be prudent to partly exit stocks as valuations are stretched, and a correction may be around the corner.

Time to Walk the Talk

At the recently-concluded G20 meet, the effort was to reach common ground, but the challenge lies in implementing the decisions taken.