The founder Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Biocon Limited, Kiran Shaw is an alumnus of Mount Carmel College, Bangalore University and Melbourne University. She started her career as a trainee brewer in Carlton and United Breweries in Melbourne. She took the entrepreneurial leap, when Shaw started a business on fully integrated bio-pharmaceuticals and named it Biocon.
In the field of bio-chemistry, which is primarily a male dominated industry, Biocon has established itself as a premier player in research of diabetes and oncology.
Being the CFO and the President of a global beverage brand is something that makes Indra Nooyi unique. An alumnus of Yale University and the Indian Institute of Management, Nooyi started her career in the management department of Johnson & Johnson before moving to Motorola, Asea Brown Boveri and finally taking up the highest position in Pepsico India.
Thanks to her, Pepsico has progressed and ably garnered USD 30 billion worth of deals.
When we talk about banking, another genre dominated by men, ICICI Bank stands out with its MD and CEO being Chanda Kochhar. An alumnus of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Chanda started her career as a management trainee where she is now the chief. Now that’s something you call tenacity. Under her, ICICI Bank has won several accolades.
The Chief Marketer of Mahou India, a premiere liquor brand, Ramita Chaudhuri brings with her 15 years of experience across FMCG, Telecom, Media and Pharmaceutical verticals. Having studied Nuclear Physics from Presidency College, Kolkata, Ramita went on to work with Carlsberg, PharmaSecure, Hutchison, Lintas and large Indian Conglomerates like Reliance Broadcast and Network Limited.
Manmeet joined Tata Starbucks Private Ltd in July 2013 as Director – Marketing and Category. She led the brand launch in Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad and is responsible for marketing, product management and loyalty. During her tenure, Starbucks has won the 2016 “Digital Marketer of the Year”; 2016 “Brands Illustrated Marketing Masterminds 2016”; 2011 Powerbrands Hall of Fame “Most Dynamic Marketing Professional of the Year’’ and “100 Most Talented Global Marketing Leaders” Award in 2014.
The Chairwoman of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels, a subsidiary of the Apeejay Surrendra Group, which operates The Park Hotels chain of boutique hotels in India, is Priya Paul. A Padma Shri winner and a queen-of-all-trades, Priya Paul has synergized her expertise in business, hospitality and design to revamp The Park Hotels into a contemporary luxury boutiques. She joined the company after finishing her studies at the Wellesley College (US) working under her father, as Marketing Manager at The Park New Delhi, at the age of 21. After the death of Surrendra Paul, she succeeded him in 1990 as the Chairperson of the Hospitality Division of the Kolkata based Apeejay Surendra Group.
Under her tenure, Accenture transformed its business into one that offers digital, cloud and security services, opening a state-of-the-art 24x7 cybersecurity facility in Bangalore. She has grown Accenture’s talent base to over 1,40,000 employees, with a company-wide aim to employ 40% of women in the workforce globally by 2020.
The country head of Customer Services & Operations of Vodafone India, Laxmi Bhan Rajan brings with her 20 plus years of experience. Telecom Industry was always considered as a male dominated sector. But today, many telecom operators have made serious efforts to have a balanced gender ratio, by actively hiring women employees especially at mid-to-senior levels. Before becoming the Country Head, she held various senior positions in customer service at Vodafone India. She has worked with ICICI OneSource, Tata Internet Services Limited and Start TV.
The founder & CEO of Myles, India’s first self-drive mobility service, Sakshi spearheaded the product strategy, business development as well as the overall management operations of the organisation. It is a result of her vision and efforts that Myles has today grown from 14 cars and three locations to over 1200+ cars and 250 locations with presence in 21 Indian cities.
The youngest daughter of Kishore Biyani, Avni formally joined Future Group in 2011 as the Concept Head of recently launched Foodhall. Over the years, she established Foodhall as India’s premium lifestyle food destination. Avni is also a part of Future Group’s Integrated Food Strategy Council and is responsible for ramping up the group's foray into the premium food segment. She has a keen interest in the fashion & lifestyle segment of the business and is closely involved with the launch of India’s first fast fashion brand – Cover Story.
She has extensive experience in business development, product and growth strategy, and financial modelling and planning. In her previous stints, she has worked with Sequoia Capital India. She has also worked with The Boston Consulting Group, developing solutions to strategic and operational challenges of leading global and Indian firms.