Indian women are now fast making a mark in all forms of businesses. Media, banking, education, financial services or manufacturing, nearly all sectors have a woman on top. Female entrepreneurs too, are on a rise in India, and it is difficult to ignore them. We haven’t mentioned Ekta Kapoor because the women in this list have actually made a difference in the lives of families. Below are the hardworking smart professional women who have transformed everything they touched into gold.
The women making a business out of cleaning India
Manjulaben runs a women's cleaning co-operative in the western Indian state of Gujarat that has grown from a small business into a company expected to return a profit of ten million rupees this year ($150,000 ; £100,000).The company provides employment to many women, and they are all equal shareholders.
Executive Director, Home Care, Hindustan Unilever
Priya Nair heads the home care business of Hindustan Unilever. Her division contributes over 45 per cent of the company's revenues. Nair, who made it to HUL's management committee last year.
Regional Vice President (Eurasia), Wyndham Hotel Group
When Deepika Arora quit Hilton hotels to join Wyndham in India, it was a big risk because the world's biggest hotel chain had very little brand recall in this country. But in the past five years, she has taken Wyndham from eight hotels and one brand to 24 hotels in 13 cities across four brands, making it India's 12th largest.
Chairman, State Bank of India
Arundhati Bhattacharya, the first woman to head India's largest bank, the State Bank of India, has managed to deliver an encouraging performance despite the challenging economic environment. In the past two years, she has managed to put a check on non-performing assets, delivered profitable growth and introduced new initiatives in the digital banking space.
Group CEO and Managing Director, Eros International
Jyoti Deshpande leads India's biggest and most profitable film-making and distribution company, Eros International. With a string of hits like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, and Dabaang2 to her credit, Deshpande's passion now is taking consumers digital. With Erosnow, she wants to make latest movies and other content available for free on the web and on mobiles for people to enjoy.
Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer, Godrej Group
Tanya Dubash is heading the Godrej Group's Mastermind 2.0, a customer connect initiative that looks at products ranging from hair colour to fridges to hi-tech engineering products. She is spearheading the mission to create a brand identity for the group among the new generation, and grow its revenues exponentially.
President, Consumer Banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank
Shanti Ekambaram is responsible for driving in 1/3rd revenue of Kotak Mahindra Bank. She is driving digital innovations at the bank, which integrate conventional banking with social media seamlessly, offering the best of both worlds to customers.
Chief Executive Officer, Capgemini India
Aruna Jayanthi heads one of the biggest business units of the Capgemini group with as many as 85,000 people. Jayanthi has grown into one of the most powerful leaders in the IT services industry today. She is also an Executive Council member of NASSCOM.
Managing Director, VIP
Radhika Piramal's role model in business is Warren Buffett. When she took over as Managing Director of VIP in 2009, her goal was to strengthen its leadership position. And like Buffet, Piramal was determined to achieve this by consistently offering excellent, cutting-edge luggage solutions to her consumers.
Meher Pudumjee heads one of India's biggest capital goods companies, but at her heart she is a green activist. She is driving her company Thermax towards coming up with products and solutions that use biomass and solar power instead of coal, oil or gas, which pollute the environment.
MD and CEO, National Stock Exchange
Chitra Ramkrishna has taken the National Stock Exchange far ahead of its rivals in the past couple of years. She is now focused on bringing in more and more retail investors into the stock markets by offering them suitable products. To that end, she has launched several ETFs, systematic investment plans, done ground level events and engaged with universities.
Managing Director, Facebook India
Kirthiga Reddy heads the sales and advertising operations for India at the world's biggest social network, Facebook. With 132 million monthly active users, Facebook India is the company's third largest contributor to its global user base. Kirthiga believes consumer consumption of media is shifting to digital and mobile, and Facebook has a role to play in helping businesses, creative agencies and developers make that transition.
Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals
Suneeta Reddy is the financial brain and strategic thinker in the Reddy family that owns and runs the Apollo group of hospitals. She believes in making acquisitions to achieve growth, and since she turned MD, the company has acquired Rajashree Hospitals, Nova Specialities Hospitals, and Assam Hospitals. These moves helped Apollo Hospitals grow its revenues at 18 per cent year on year.