The Indian society has undergone a major transformation. Now, women are seen in key positions of power. They contribute to India’s growing economy. They don’t follow, they lead. They have successfully paved the way for future generations, radically changing age-old traditions and perceptions. Here, are some of the women entrepreneurs and businesswomen who have paved their own way, creating a new India.
1 Indra Nooyi
It would be quite remiss of me if Indra Nooyi was not mentioned. An Indian-American business executive and former chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo. After her completion of a master’s degree from Yale School of Management, she worked as a product manager at Johnson & Johnson. Later she joined the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant. In 1994, she joined PepsiCo. She led the company as CEO from 2006 to 2018. She transformed PepsiCo into one of the most successful food and beverage companies worldwide. She led the acquisition of several healthy snack and beverage companies, and fast-food joints along with the change in product packaging, led to an 80 percent sales growth in the 12 years she was CEO.
She has consistently ranked among the world's 100 most powerful women. She has been elected as a member of Amazon's Board of Directors in 2019.
2 Vandana Luthra
Vandana Luthra, is an Indian entrepreneur, philanthropist and chairperson of the beauty & Wellness sector skill council (B&WSSC). She founded VLCC in 1989- a beauty and wellness centre. Later, additional services such as hair build, full-body laser, grooming and Dermat services were provided. A Padma Shri recipient (awarded by former President Pranab Mukherjee) in 2013, she has been operating an NGO, Khushii, which offers a scholarship for free education to those who are underprivileged and physically challenged.
3 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a self-made female entrepreneur who founded Biocon Limited, a biopharmaceuticals company in 1978. It is the first company which gained approval from the USFDA (according to Forbes). The investment is also heavily concentrated on ensuring a deep R&D based biotech firm. She is the 65th most powerful woman in the world.
4 Falguni Nayar
The founder of Nykaa, Falguni Nayar is a former managing director of Kotak Mahindra Capital Company.
She has built an empire for herself. She has brought the world of beauty to the customer's doorstep, and aims to consistently surprise and amaze them with sheer ingenuity. From a multi-brand e-comm platform to multiple businesses under Nykaa, the venture she started in 2012 has seen massive growth.
5 Suchi Mukherjee
"Building and scaling businesses focused on simple yet powerful consumer products has been the dream, and this has come to life at Skype, ebay/Gumtree and now most recently at LimeRoad."
- Suchi Mukherjee is the founder and CEO of LimeRoad.
"The more we break the rules, the better off we're going to be."