Fortune’s list of 50 Most Powerful Businesswoman is out and look who made it to the list!
India’s Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma are the two ladies who made it to the list and made all us Indians proud, yet again.
Kochhar has led India’s largest private lender for eight years, and under her stewardship, ICICI Bank has thrived. She joined the bank in 1984 and has shaped played a crucial role in shaping the retail banking sector in India.
Shikha Sharma’s stint with Axis Bank took off in 2009 when she was appointed as the MD & CEO. She has been responsible for focusing on strengthening its retail lending franchise, enlarged its investment banking & advisory capabilities and developed a comprehensive portfolio of products in the payments space.
This is the 17th year Fortune has ranked the Most Powerful Women in business outside the U.S. The list has always featured talented and successful leaders from around the world.
Banco Santander group executive chairman Ana Botín repeats again as No. 1 in 2017, though she is joined on this year’s list by 11 newcomers. The 50 global businesswomen here represent 17 countries and many industries. From toys to energy to food to banking, all of these 50 women represent the varied industries they hail from.
The ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ list is compiled by Fortune editors, who evaluate the contenders on four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman's career (résumé and runway ahead), and social and cultural influence.
But until recently a significant number of these list-makers graduated to their executive ranks through a family business or by government appointment. The common story this year is one of the women who has vaulted up the corporate ladder and landed top jobs with some of the world’s largest multinationals. For example, GSK’s new CEO Emma Walmsley [No. 2]; Isabel Ge Mahe, Apple’s new head in China [No. 12]; Jessica Uhl, Royal Dutch Shell’s new CFO [No. 29] etc. just to name a few. Even if their number is small, that’s an encouraging shift in the leadership spectrum in global business.
Take a bow all you Superwomen out there!
Information source: fortune