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6 New Faces Among Fortune Indias Most Powerful WomenFortune India has ranked India’s 50 MostPowerful Women in Business for the second time,in its latest issue. While Chanda Kochhar of ICICIBank maintains the first place, Mallika Srinivasanof TAFE and Aruna Jayanthi, CEO, Capgemini Indiamove up to take the second and third placerespectively. However, the six new entrants thisyear include:
Prabha Parameswaran, MD, Colgate- Palmolive India: Prabha Parameswaran is one of the new faces in the latest edition of Fortune India’s Most Powerful Women in Business list. She has been the MD of the company since February 1, 2012. Under her leadership, the sales and market shares of the subsidiary have performed strongly. Prabha, with her broad based experience across categories in Global, Division and Subsidiary roles and strong leadership is definitely one of the most powerful women in business.
Aisha De Sequeira, MD, MorganStanley India Investment Banking Aisha de Sequeira, the Morgan Stanley MD is also another new name on the list. Aisha, 41, a mother of three is a power woman in the high-stakes world of investment banking. She has even pioneered the Wall Street firm to top slot in India’s $38 billion M&A market, with Morgan Stanley dominating all the three major deal league tables in 2011. She has been responsible for overlooking and advising the full scale of investment banking services both inbound and outbound in India from scratch. She also has partnered with many global consumer companies like Unilever, PepsiCo, etc.
Debjani Ghosh, MD, Sales &Marketing Group, Intel South Asia Debjani Ghosh, MD, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel South Asia is another new name on the list of the Most Powerful Women in Business. She has been Managing Director of Sales and Marketing Operations for South Asia at Intel Technology India since January this year. Under Debjani’s leadership Intel has connected more South Asians to exciting opportunities through technology. Ghosh served as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Vietnam and Director of Intel Groups Southeast Asia at Intel Corporation and also served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Southeast Asia at Intel Technology India until December 2011. She certainly is one of India’s most powerful women in business.
Abanti Sankaranarayanan, CountryHead, Diageo India Abanti Sankaranarayanan makes it to the list too. Abanti has been promoted twice within a year at Diageo, the worlds biggest spirits company. She joined Diageo India in 2010 as marketing director and was elevated as deputy managing director earlier this year and was named managing director in July. She lists Rowsons Reserve, a brewedin-India whiskey launched in September 2011 among her achievements.
Anjali Bansal, Managing Partner,Spencer Stuart Anjali Bansal is another new entrant on the list. She was instrumental in establishing Spencer Stuart’s Indian business. As an active member of the Private Equity, Financial Services, Industrial and Technology practices, Anjali works in diverse geographies across the U.S., Europe and Asia, advising Indian and multinational companies on CEO and senior executive search, governance and succession. She is also a regular columnist with Mint-The Wall Street Journal and The Economic Times: Corporate Dossier.
Asha Gupta, MD, Tupperware India Asha Gupta, MD, Tupperware India is the other fresh face on the Fortune list. Asha joined Tupperware in 1997 as part of the start-up team and headed the sales for the southern markets in India. After a successful two-year stint, she was promoted to head of marketing for Tupperware in India. Soon she climbed to the post of MD of eight Western European countries, including Scandinavia and Baltic nations. She later came to India to take up charge as the managing director. She has added new aspect to direct selling with her enterprising ideas and skillful handling of the Indian market.
The other women who made it to thetop 10 The other women who made it to the top 10 of the Most Powerful Women in Business list are Shikha Sharma, MD & CEO, Axis Bank; Vinita Bali, Managing Director, Britannia Industries; Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson, HT Media; Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospital Enterprises; Zia Mody, Co-founder, AZB Partners; Chitra Ramkrishna, Joint Managing Director, NSE; and Roopa Kudva, Managing Director & CEO, CRISIL.