4 Indian women among top biz leaders

4 Indian women among top biz leaders

Four Indians, led by ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, have made their way into Fortune magazine’s global list of top-50 women business leaders, while PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi has been ranked second in a similar list for the US.

Kochhar has been ranked fourth, followed by National Stock Exchange chief Chitra Ramkrishna at 17th, Axis Bank’s Shikha Sharma at 32nd and HSBC’s Naina Lal Kidwai at the 42nd place among the Indians on the international list of most powerful women in business.

This list is topped by Brazilian energy giant Petrobras’ CEO Maria Das Gracas Foster, followed by Turkish conglomerate Sabanci Holding’s Guler Sabanci and Australian banking giant Westpac’s CEO Gail Kelly. 

Kochhar, MD and CEO of India’s largest private sector bank, has moved up one position from fifth on the 2012 list, while NSE’s Ramkrishna has made it to the list for the first time. Sharma and Kidwai were earlier ranked 37th and 40th, respectively, on the list.

Of Chitra Ramkrishna, Fortune said she has made history as the first woman to head an exchange in India. “The National Stock Exchange lifer, who was part of the core five-member team selected by the government to create a screen-based exchange in 1993, has made history as the first woman to head an exchange in India,” said the magazine.

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