Kidwai at the top at HSBC India

Mumbai, March 23 | Updated: Mar 24 2006, 05:30am hrs
Oh God, you will be even more painful than before, was the mock reaction of Rashid Kidwai, husband of Naina Lal Kidwai, the new CEO HSBC, India. A critic who has always stood by her side, Kidwai says that she draws strength from her husband and family. Cool, says her daughter, in typical teenage lingo on her mothers latest promotion.

The lady on the hot seat is delighted. Sounding quite happy, she adds this was expected.

This is a natural progression of what I have been doing here at the bank for some time now. It was a deliberate move and was planned when I was moved in here as the deputy. On being asked whether the top slot is what she always aimed for, she replies with a definite yes. I always aim to be at the top of my job.

Just last week, Ms Kidwai received the fe Women in Business award in the Best Professional category. The second Indian and the first lady to be holding the top post at HSBC, Ms Kidwai says her focus would be on retail, lending to the MME and SMEs. The woman tag is always attached to a lady professional. Ms Kidwai laughs. At the end of the day, one cannot deny the fact nor regret it.

Not A Mans World
Earlier stint as vice-chairperson, Morgan Stanley
Second Indian and first lady to be holding the top HSBC post
Professionals who have known her are happy. Hemendra Kothari, chairman, DSP Merrill Lynch says, I have known her for over 25 years from the time she was with ANZ. She has all the experience for the job. HSBC is also fortunate to have her at the top.

A former colleague, Nimesh Kampani, chairman , JM Morgan Stanley, recalls Ms Kidwai as the vice chairperson at Morgan Stanley. She is very open minded and listens to what others have to say. Is Mr Kidwai listening!