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Meet the top 10 business women in India

Meet the top 10 business women in India
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In a world where the corporate landscape has traditionally been male-dominated, Indian women have been making remarkable strides in the business arena. Here, we highlight the achievements of ten influential businesswomen in India who have successfully steered their companies to new heights, breaking through glass ceilings and inspiring the next generation.

1. Zia Mody - Renowned as one of India's leading corporate lawyers, Zia Mody has been the brains behind several high-profile corporate deals. Notably, she orchestrated the successful Airtel and Telenor Group merger and the Schneider Electric acquisition of Larsen & Toubro's electric and automation business. Her firm serves as a trusted advisor to some of India's most successful businesses.

2. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a self-made entrepreneur and one of India's wealthiest women, founded Biocon, a biopharmaceutical company. What began as a venture by accident has now grown into a major player in the pharmaceutical industry, producing a wide range of drugs.

3. Suneeta Reddy's leadership has propelled the Apollo chain of hospitals to unprecedented success. Under her guidance, the company's revenue surged by 14% in FY2018, while Apollo's pharmacy business recorded an 18% growth. Notably, the company also made a significant acquisition by taking over Fortis Healthcare.

4. Alice G. Vaidyan As the Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC), Alice G. Vaidyanathan has achieved remarkable milestones. Under her stewardship, GIC ascended to become one of the top 10 global reinsurers, increasing its market share from 55% to 65%.

5. Mallika Srinivasan, as the Chairman and CEO of Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE), transformed her company into the third-largest tractor manufacturer in the world, measured by volume. Her leadership led to diversification of the company's product offerings and remarkable mergers.

6. Zarin Daruwala, who recently held the esteemed position of being the highest-ranking banker in India, took over as the CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in 2016. Within just two years, she steered the bank out of financial turmoil, restoring profitability after a period of declining incomes.

7. Kaku Nakhate Under Kaku Nakhate's guidance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch established a strong presence in India and emerged as a prominent player in the Asia-Pacific region. She played a pivotal role in facilitating several lucrative mergers, such as Infratel and Indus, and Idea Cellular's $1 billion stake in Indus Towers.

8. Shobhana Bhartia has overseen a significant transformation in the editorial segment of HT Media. She played a crucial role in the company's expansion in the Hindi media outlets, effectively doubling its net profit by 213 crores in FY 2017-18.

9. Renuka Ramnath is a trailblazer in the private sector, where she established an independent equity platform managing assets exceeding $1 billion. As the sole board member of EMPEA, a non-profit organization overseeing over $5 trillion in assets across 130 countries, she delivered a fivefold return on investments.

10. Shikha Sharma, a highly respected banker in India, achieved remarkable success as the CEO of Axis Bank. During her leadership from June 2009 to August 2018, the bank's stock prices quadrupled, underscoring her exceptional leadership.

These remarkable business women serve as inspirational figures, demonstrating that determination, vision, and perseverance can lead to exceptional success in the corporate world.

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