In less than four decades the Indian workplace has been transformed. Male bastions have been breached, glass ceilings have been shattered. There is hardly a professional preserve left that women have not entered. Each passing year more women are getting to the top than ever before.
Business Today's ninth listing of Most Powerful Women in Indian Business is our annual celebration of this trend. We highlight the achievements of 25 women who have performed the best, who have blazed new trails and set examples for thousands of others to follow.
A burst of entrepreneurial energy is also visible. Many women too are preferring to strike out on their own rather than seek employment. This year's celebratory package includes a feature on five unusual women who overcame difficult circumstances to follow their entrepreneurial dreams.
The package opens with a section called Hall of Fame, begun last year to celebrate women who made it to the Most Powerful Women list at least seven times.
Last year we featured six such women - HSBC India Country Head Naina Lal Kidwai, Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma, Biocon Chairman and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, TAFE Chairman Mallika Srinivasan, Piramal Healthcare Vice Chairperson Swati Piramal and ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar.
With this year's listing, another four make the grade: Apollo Hospitals Managing Director Preetha Reddy, JP Morgan India CEO Kalpana Morparia, Managing Partner, AZB & Partners, Zia Mody, and Hindustan Times Group Chairperson and Editorial Director Shobhana Bhartia. All four recount, in their own words, the breakthrough moments of their careers.
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