MPW 2014: REPEAT WINNER
CHITRA RAMKRISHNA, 51, CEO & MD, NSE
In 1994, she was one of five people handpicked to start the National Stock Exchange (NSE). More than two decades later, on April 1, 2013, Chitra Ramkrishna became the third person, and most importantly the first woman, to head India's largest stock exchange.
When she took charge of the NSE, there were fears she would face strong resistance from the newest stock exchange MCX-SX, promoted by Jignesh Shah. But Shah's arrest on the back of the National Spot Exchange Ltd fiasco has seen NSE maintaining its monopoly, with the BSE still struggling to bring back investors as well as volumes in its derivative segments.
With the home turf being well guarded, some say her next target would be an overseas acquisition.