Business Today's 12th annual listing of women achievers. We drew up a long list of over 150 women and then shortlisted 55 contenders. Finally, 25 made the cut after jury deliberations.
A brief look at the women in BT's top league.
Before the UPA government determinedly pursued its goal to make CSR mandatory for corporates in the new Companies Act, 2013, Ambani was conceptualising widening RIL's social influence beyond its own locations. That gave birth to Reliance Foundation.
In her five years with Wyndham, Deepika Arora, Vice President (International Development) for India, has trebled the number of its hotels to 24, 13 of them in new cities.
Though VIP had a market share of 60 per cent but the youth didn't identify with it. Radhika resurrected the country's first strolley brand, Skybag and positioned it as a youth product.
The executive director of Hindustan Unilever's home care unit says offering her consumers the best possible products is her top priority.
The first woman chief of the largest state-owned Indian bank, SBI, has packed more work than one would have expected in the two years she has been in the corner office.
In 2014/15, Ipsita Dasgupta worked on building the China strategic marketing team and pivoted strategy for two of GE's biggest businesses - oil and gas and renewables.
Desai took over the Venkateshwara Hatcheries in 1996. Today, the group has one listed company Venky's, which supplies chicken to groups like KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino's, etc.
"I'm very passionate about alternative energy," says Thermax Chairperson
Meher Pudumjee, who professes concern about society and the environment
with uncommon zeal.
This year alone, Lupin has acquired five companies in South Africa, Russia, the US, Germany and Brazil under CEO Vinita Gupta's leadership. Besides, she has played an important role in globalising Lupin.
Apollo Hospitals has not only grown organically, but under Managing Director Sunita Reddy, it has also made three significant acquisitions.
For Jyoti Deshpande, life is not about survival, but to conquer the imaginations of the on- and off-screen audience.
Neelam Dhawan is as seasoned as it gets. Before HP, she was the MD of Microsoft India. She is best described by a former colleague who says she is "remarkably successful", "one of the finest sales leaders" and one who "likes winning".
Fiscal 2014/15 was about growth and consolidation. She renamed her company, AND Designs India. Today, it comprises over 2,500 employees, with 650 points of sale across 60 cities, including 150 exclusive brand outlets.
The re-positioning led by Tanya Dubash, according to A. Mahendran, former Managing Director of Godrej Consumer Products, not only resulted in robust revenue growth for the group but also helped it attract better talent.
Data from the Registrar of Companies show Facebook Online Services India Pvt Ltd had revenues of Rs 97.6 crore in March 2014. That is much ahead of rival Twitter.
When Nestle India wanted to challenge the notices on Maggi noodles sent to it earlier this year by the Food Safety and Standards Authority in India , it was Pallavi Shroff the company turned to.
the fact that Ramkrishna, the daughter of a middle-class accountant, heads the NSE as its Managing Director and CEO, makes her one of the most powerful people in Indian business.
The CEO, Healthcare and Life Sciences,Wipro, in 2014 declared that HLS would become a $1-billion division in a couple of years. She asserts she is on track to achieve that goal.
The company Nishi runs is the fourth-largest in India by revenues - Rs 2.06 lakh crore in 2014/15 - making her unquestionably one of India's most powerful business people.
Capgemini India CEO has grown into one of the most powerful leaders in the IT services industry. The company has recently acquired IGATE which will make Capgemini's India arm one of the largest MNC IT employers.
Focusing strongly on the digital platform, Shanti Ekambaram is reaching out to an ever growing number of customers.
In the last financial year, the company's income rose 16 per cent to Rs 3,238 crore and its stock has given a return of more than 18 per cent over the last 12 months.
The chairperson and managing director of Bharat Hotels believes the mid segment is where the future lies and, keeping pace with the way industry is moving, has been quick to launch the Lalit Traveller brand - a mid-market offering.
Verma's innovator instincts have ensured that the Rs 30,805-crore fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company has got back its much-needed focus on food.
Aisha de Sequeira bagged big deals for Morgan Stanley India last year in spite of the slowdown.
China has made a successful transition from a factor-based to an efficiency-based economy, largely because of its ecosystem productivity. India will have to buck up too if it wants manufacturing to contribute 25 per cent of the GDP by 2020.
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