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Meet India's most powerful businesswomen

Last updated on: March 2, 2012 15:06 IST

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They have played an important role in India's economic rise. Some of these women are founders, while others have taken up key roles in family-owned business, while some have scaled up the executive ladder.

But, one common factor that binds all these women are that they have all managed to think out the box, while showing great leadership qualities.

The other common fact is that they all feature on Forbes Asia 50 Power Businesswomen.

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Name: Vinita Bali
Organisation: Britannia Industries
Designation: Managing director
Rank: 2

In 2006, Vinita Bali was appointed as the managing director. She joined the company in 2005, as the CEO.

Bali started her career with Voltas Ltd.-a Tata Group company focusing on consumer products, where she launched Rasna soft-drink concentrate.

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Name: Shobhana Bhartia
Organation: HT Media
Designation: Chairman and editorial director
Rank: 3

When Shobhana joined Hindustan Times in 1986, she was the first woman chief executive of a national newspaper and probably one of the youngest.

She is considered to be one of the motive forces behind the transformation of the Hindustan Times.

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Name: Ekta Kapoor
Organisation: Balaji Telefilms
Designation: Joint managing director and creative director
Rank: 19

Ekta Kapoor, 36, is the youngest on the list who as a "TV and movie producer is lighting a fire under Bollywood," Forbes said.

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Name: Chanda Kochhar
Organisation: ICICI Bank Ltd
Designation: Managing director and CEO
Rank: 22

In 1984, Chanda Kochhar joined ICICI as a management trainee. She was appointed as CEO and MD of ICICI in 2009. She succeeds KV Kamath, who was CEO of the bank since 1996.

In her early years in ICICI, she handled project appraisal and monitoring and projects in various industries like petrochemicals, textile, paper and cement.

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Name: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Organisation: Bicon
Designation: Chairman and managing director
Rank: 26

She started Biocon in 1978, in the garage of her rented house in Bangalore with a seed capital of Rs 10,000.

Today, under her leadership, Biocon is building cutting-edge capabilities, global credibility and global scale in its manufacturing and marketing activities. It has Asia's largest insulin and statin facilities as also the largest perfusion-based antibody production facilities.

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Name: Zia Mody
Organisation: AZB & Partners
Designation: Founder and senior partner
Rank: 27

Zia Mody, one of India's top corporate lawyers, is known internationally for her legal and business acumen. She started her own practice in Mumbai in 1984, which she merged twice with other firms to form AZB & Partners, now India's second-largest law firm.

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Name: Shikha Sharma
Organisation: Axis Bank
Designation: CEO and managing director
Rank: 31

Prior to joing Axis Bank, Shikha Sharma was the managing director and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance.

Shikha Sharma has done her B.A. (Hons.) in Economics, and completed her Masters of Business Administration from IIM, Ahmedabad in 1980.

She has over 29 years of experience with a wide exposure across the entire spectrum of financial services and has held several leadership positions across various market leading businesses.

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Name: Mallika Srinivasan
Organisation: Tafe
Deignation: Chairman
Rank: 34

Mallika Srinivasan joined her family business in 1986. She was the General Manager of Tafe (Tractors and Farm Equipment) Company.

In two decades, she has transformed the company through innovative products and processes.

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Name: Roshni Nadar Malhotra
Organisation: HCL Corp
Designation: Executive director and CEO
Rank: 6 (In the list- 'Asia's Most Powerful Women: To watch out for')

She is one of the power women to watch out for, according to Forbes. At, 30, Roshni Nadar Malhotra, 30, is a strong contender to soon become on of Asia's most powerful businesswomen.

Prior to becoming CEO of the HCL Corp., Roshni Nadar had been serving as the trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which runs the not-for-profit Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering in Chennai. She had also been involved in brand building across the HCL Group.




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