Those were the remote dark yesteryears when women were made to stay at home and engage in household chores while men used to be served by them and be acclaimed for the sole earner of the society.
Thankfully, things have changed for good today. Now women are already overcoming the cliched notions of leadership and coming into the limelight in an all-powerful avatar.
The winds of transformation also showed its impact in the Indian corporate sector with women making it to the top rung with their smart business ideas and skills.
Look around and you can see that women have come a long way from being just a homemaker. Thanks to the startup initiatives taken by the government, as these are guiding women to become the entrepreneurs of their dream.
The women of today upon realising the impact of globalisation are making an influence not only on their domestic but on the international sphere as well. This proves women are excelling in managing not only their homes but the operations of giant corps.
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Now let’s shed light at some of the best companies that have nurtured to women leaders in our country.
- Biocon Limited
Biocon is Asia’s premier biopharmaceutical company which aims to provide the world access to high-quality, life-saving biotherapeutics at an affordable price.
Throughout the years, they have evolved from manufacturing pharmaceuticals like satins and immunosuppressant to exploring and producing biologics which can be implemented in the therapies of diabetes, oncology, and immunology.
Their long-lasting efforts have gifted mankind with a diversified pipeline of fermented dominated products which includes the highly effective novel biologics, insulin, and even monoclonal antibodies.
The company was based on the core mechanism of biotechnology and has been evolving since then adopting new technological patterns to discover a cure for known and unknown disorders, that too at an economical price range.
The enterprise was founded by Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw who is at present the chairperson and managing director. She founded the company with the initial capital of 10,000 in the year 1978 with the sole intention of extracting an enzyme from the papaya.
She was proclaimed to be the richest woman in the country in 2004 and today her company is the biggest pharmaceutical firm in India.
- Bennett, Coleman
Commonly known as the Times Group, the financial times of the year 2015 have commended it to be the country’s largest media conglomerate.
According to media reports, the Times group had created a new record by having the most number of English language newspaper in the world.
The company acquired the name of Bennett, Coleman when the journalists of the same name extracted the rights of ownership of the newspaper through their new joint-stock company of the name Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
Eventually, the company was acquired by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain and the company is still being run by his family.
At present Indu Jain, a multifaceted personality and a lady owning diverse talents is the chairperson of this leading news daily. She has an eye for arts and literature and was recently awarded Padma Bhushan by the government for her contributions in the company.
This company needs no introduction as it is one of the leading food, snack and beverage corporations. Headquartered in Harrison, New York, PepsiCo was formed as a result of the collaboration of Frito-lay and Pepsi-Cola Company in 1965.
Since then PepsiCo has aimed to expand from its namesake product Pepsi from a ton of other diverse foods and beverages.
As a result of these efforts, it has acquired the Quaker Oats Company in 2001 and Tropicana products in 1998. Today, the products of the company reach out to over 200 countries and it has even managed to become the 2nd largest food and beverage business of the world.
The sales of PepsiCo quadrupled during the tenure of Indra Nooyi, the chairperson of the Company. Nooyi joined the company in 1994 and in 2004 she was rewarded with the honor and responsibilities of President and CEO of the beverage firm.
Even today at an age of 64, she still acquires the chairmanship of the PepsiCo India Holdings. Today, she serves as a board of directors of the largest e-commerce site of the world, Amazon.
This beauty brand today needs no introduction, thanks to the range of effective and diverse beauty and health services it provides. Initially, VLCC started off as a beauty and slimming services center in 1989 in New Delhi.
VLCC not only enjoys a national presence but it also enjoys an international presence in some countries of Asia and Africa.
VLCC has been offering not only a variety of beauty programs but also weight management sessions and advanced dermatology and cosmetology solutions. One of the most unique yet popular programs of VLCC is the DNA based weight management system.
Before starting the beauty venture in 1989, Vandana Luthra was just an ordinary homemaker. However, her efforts in extracting knowledge about beauty and cosmetology led her to be awarded the Padma Shri in 2013.
- Microsoft India
Headquartered in Hyderabad, Microsoft India is the subsidiary of the American software giant of the same name. The company upon entering into the Indian market in 1990 has been working closely with the Indian IT industry and the government.
Currently, the tech giant owns multiple offices in 9 cities of India. Since its entry in the country, the organization has aimed at supporting the IT growth of the country while enhancing jobs and opportunities.
Although, Neelam Dhawan was keen on joining FMCG companies like Asian Paints and Hindustan Lever her candidature was rejected because she is a woman.
Later on, she proved the world that a woman like her can excel in anything she did it by taking over leading positions in tech giants like Microsoft India, Hewlett Packard, IBM, etc.
- Park Hotels
The Park Hotels is a group of contemporary, luxurious, boutique hotels which was founded in 1967 belonging to the Apeejay Surrendra Group. The group has built its signature hotels in almost every part of the country.
Amongst them, the Park Hotel was awarded the National Tourism Award by the tourism department for outstanding performance as a boutique hotel of the country.
The hotel enterprise was founded by Surrendra Paul with the first hotel being built in Kolkata in the same year.
Right now, Priya Paul is the chairperson of the group and even today she is being considered as an inspiration for women who want to curve their path. She was being honored with the Padma Shri award by the Indian Government.
A popular Indian cosmetics brand, it is now owned by Hindustan Unilever and is being ranked as the number one in India. Lakme initially started as a 100% subsidiary of the Tata Oil mills.
It started its venture in 1952 when the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru requested JRD Tata to manufacture the cosmetics which Indian women would be able to access.
In the Brand Trust Report of the year of 2014, Lakme was ranked 36th among India’s most trusted beauty brands.
It was Simone Tata who after joining Lakme in 1962 when Lakme was just a subsidiary of the Tata oil mills, changed it into India’s largest cosmetic brand.
After serving as the chairman of Lakme till 1996, she sold the brand to Hindustan Unilever and bought and created Trent, the parent brand of the Westside Brand.
- HSBC group Of India
It is the Indian Subsidiary of the UK based banking and financial services holding company. HSBC is the 7th largest bank in the world and the largest in Europe.
In India, it acts as a foreign bank as per the banking regulation act (1949) and is regulated by the Reserve Bank of India.
Naina Lal Kidwai is currently the Country head and groups general manager of HSBC group India. Kidwai started her career by holding the position of the Head of the Investment banking at ANZ Grindlays and today she is being commended as one of the most famous and successful businesswomen of the country.
She has also received the Padma Shri award from the Indian Government for her excellent contributions in the field of Indian trade and commerce.
- Apollo Hospitals
Founded by Dr. Prathap Reddy in 1983, as the first corporate health care center of India, today it is one of the leading hospital chains of India.
Today, Preetha Reddy sits at the pioneering position of the managing director and is acclaimed to be one of the most successful businesswomen of the country.
- Balaji Telefilms
It is an Indian company which produces Indian Soaps, entertainment shows and was founded by Jeetendra in 1994. Right now, daughter of Jeetendra, Ekta Kapoor is the creative head of the Balaji Telefilms and has bagged a ton of awards for her contribution in the entertainment industry.
So, if you need a morale boost to energize and motivate the leader in your, recollect the achievements of these powerful women and move ahead!
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