Top Paid Women Executives in India

Those days are gone when women were considered less authoritative and less powerful. Today women are better known for making a greater impact on society as well as corporate culture. In a survey conducted by executive search firm EMA Partners it was revealed that only 11% of 240 large companies (Indian-owned as well as multinational, private as well as state-owned) have women CEOs. Following we have a list of India’s top female CEOs and their profile.


Preetha Reddy : Apollo Hospital
Summary: Inspired and guided by her father, Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, the pioneer of corporatized healthcare in India, Preetha had formally joined Apollo Hospitals as Joint Managing Director in 1989 and five years later, she became the Managing Director of the Group.

Dr Preetha Reddy steers the operations of the Apollo Hospitals group and works closely with the clinicians to help introduce contemporary protocols and continually raise the bar for clinical outcomes. She also oversees the planning, designing and funding of new projects. Keenly focused on Quality, she institutionalized strict adherence to pre-determined standards in every area of operations of the Group’s hospitals.

Chanda Kochhar

Chanda Kochhar, CEO ICICI Bank

She is currently the Managing Director (MD) of ICICI Bank and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). After graduating, she pursued Cost Accountancy ICWAI and also acquired the Masters Degree in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.





Vinita Bali, MD BritanniaIndustries Ltd.

Vinita is presently the Managing Director of Britannia Industries Limited. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from LSR at the University of Delhi and her MBA at the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies at Bombay University. She pursued postgraduate studies in Business and Economics at Michigan State University.

Kalpana Morparia

Kalpana Morparia, CEO J.P.Morgan

Kalpana is Chief Executive Officer of J.P. Morgan, India. She is graduate in law from Bombay University and completed her Bachelor of Science from Sophia College, Mumbai.

Kiran Majumdar Shaw

Kiran Majumdar Shaw, Chairman & MD,Biocon Limited

Kiran is the Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon Limited a biotechnology company based in Bangalore. She completed her B.Sc. Zoology Honours course from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore University and later did her post-graduation in Malting and Brewing from Ballarat College, Melbourne University.



Mallika Srinivasan

Mallika Srinivasan Chairman and CEO of TAFE

Mallika is currently the Chairman and CEO of TAFE did her in MA (econometrics) from Madras University. She completed her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



Naina Lal Kidwai

Naina Lal Kidwai Group GM & Country Head HSBC India

Naina currently is the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India. She is a chartered accountant by profession, later earned a Bachelors degree in Economics from University of Delhi and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School.



Neelam Dhawan

Neelam Dhawan MD Hewlett-Packard India

Neelam currently holds the position as the Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard India. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.

Roopa Kudva

Roopa Kudva MD & CEO CRISIL

Roopa is currently the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of CRISIL and she is also Region Head, South Asia, Standard & Poor’s. She is a graduate in Statistics and a post-graduate in management from IIM, Ahmedabad.



Sulajja Firodia Motwani

Sulajja Firodia Motwani Managing Director of Kinetic Engineering Ltd.

Sulajja an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, Sulajja started her career at BARRA international, a leading investment analytic firm in California. She worked there for four years before joining Kinetic. She is now the Joint Managing Director of Kinetic Engineering Ltd and Director, Kinetic Motors.



Swati Piramal

Swati Piramal Director Piramal Healthcare

Swati who followed up her MBBS with a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University, is now Director, Strategic Alliances and Communications, Piramal Healthcare.



Shikha Sharma

Shikha Sharma Managing Director & CEO of Axis Bank Ltd.

Shisha is Currently the Managing Director and CEO of Axis Bank Ltd. She holds a BA Degree in Economics and Has done MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.



rajashree-pathyIt’s always nice to meet someone with a big appetite for life. When Rajshree Pathy calls ten minutes ahead of our lunch appointment to confirm she’s on her way, she adds: “I’m hungry. Hope the buffet’s good.” The buffet at Frangipani does turn out to be good, but Ms Pathy takes only one helping (and lots of dessert). But then, the managing director of Rajshree Sugars & Chemicals is like that. As a patron of the arts, an industrialist, a spokesperson for the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), she’s picked many different things from what life has to offer, but never over-indulged. Based out of Coimbatore, Pathy has managed to carve a unique identity for self, not as someone’s wife or daughter, but as an independent woman. In Mumbai for the India Design Forum ( IDF), an initiative she founded two years ago, Padmashri Rajshree Pathy talks to CD about and living life serendipitously:

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