Kidwai becomes first woman president of Ficci
Marking a distinction of being the first woman and a professional manager to take the charge of the leadership of Ficci, Country Head of HSBC India Naina Lal Kidwai on Saturday assumed the office of Ficci president.
" Kidwai , 55, is the first woman and professional manager to be elected as President of the chamber," Ficci said in a statement at the conclusion of its Annual General Meeting.
She is also a recipient of the country's prestigious civilian award Padma Shri for her contribution to trade and industry, it said.
Kidwai succeeds R V Kanoria of Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Ltd.
Sidharth Birla, chairman of Xpro India Ltd and Digjam Ltd, has been elected as senior vice-president of Ficci.
Also, Jyotsna Suri chairperson and managing director of Bharat Hotels has been elected as the vice-president of the chamber.
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