Indian women have been proving their mettle in the field of business for years now. To recognise their achievements, Fortune India has unveiled India’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in its November 2012 issue. This the second time the business magazine has come up with these rankings in India.
Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank retains her first position amongst India’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Mallika Srinivasan of TAFE and Aruna Jayanthi, CEO, Capgemini India move up to take the second and third positions, respectively.
Three media owners and one from the advertising sphere also make it to the list. Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director, HT Media, is ranked No. 6 in the power list. She has moved up with one spot from last year’s ranking.
Ekta Kapoor Joint Managing Director, Balaji Telefilms is ranked 29th, while Lynn de Souza, Chairman and CEO, Lintas Media Group is ranked 40th. This year, Kapoor moves up two positions from her previous ranking, whereas de Souza loses her previous position of 39.
NDTV’s Managing Director and Executive Co Chairperson, Radhika Roy, is ranked at 46th position. She too loses one slot from her previous ranking.
Commenting on the rankings, Dibyendra Nath Mukerjea, Editor, Fortune India, said, “There are fresh faces (six of them), some have moved up (19) and some have moved down (17), while some names are conspicuous by their absence. However, despite the surprises and upsets, what hasn’t changed is the overwhelming influence women have on India Inc.”
Other women who figure among the Top 10 of India’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, include – Shikha Sharma, MD & CEO, Axis Bank; Vinita Bali, Managing Director, Britannia Industries; Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospital Enterprises; Zia Mody, Co-founder, AZB Partners; Chitra Ramkrishna, Joint Managing Director, NSE; and Roopa Kudva, Managing Director & CEO, CRISIL.
The six new entrants this year are – Prabha Parameswaran, MD, Colgate-Palmolive India; Aisha De Sequeira, MD, Morgan Stanley India Investment Banking; Debjani Ghosh, MD, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel South Asia; Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Country Head, Diageo India; Anjali Bansal, Managing Partner, Spencer Stuart; and Asha Gupta, MD, Tupperware India.