C-Suite Indian women have foot in door to international stage

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Updated: August 12, 2016 1:26:47 PM

The Forbes 2015 list of the world's 100 most powerful women has entrepreneurs, visionary CEOs, politicians, activists...

The Forbes 2015 list of the world’s 100 most powerful women has entrepreneurs, visionary CEOs, politicians, activists, pioneer philanthropists, pop stars and what have you, “ranked by dollars, media presence and impact”. Four Indians have made it to the elite club: SBI chief Arundhati  Bhattacharya, ICICI Bank’s Chanda Kochhar, Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and HT Media chairperson Shobhana Bhartia.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  claims the top slot for the fifth year in a row, but compilers say Hillary Clinton, who is ranked two on the list, is “just a breath and a ballot away from the crown”.

Two women of Indian origin, PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi and Cisco technology and strategy chied Padmasree Warrior, also made the cut.

Arundhati’s global stock rises with SBI’s fortunes

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya has fashioned quite a turnaround for the public sector giant (see table). Lauding Bhattacharya — who took charge in September 2013 — Forbes said: “She oversees 2,20,000 staff members in 16,000 branches and services 225 million customers at the country’s largest lender  with offices in over 36 countries.” The SBI chief was ranked 36th last year and moved up six spots in 2015.  ICICI Bank MD Chanda Kochhar also moved up eight notches in the rankings. Forbes said 53-year-old Kochhar has been credited with “leading a remarkable transformation” at India’s largest private sector bank, which experienced major setbacks after the 2008 financial crisis.

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