Akila has spent 20 years of her career with Business Standard. Prior to this she has worked in companies like BPL Mobile, Hongkong Bank, Eureka Forbes primarily in Sales and Marketing roles. She was part of the team which launched mobile telephony in India under the BPL Mobile brand. The Hongkong Bank stint was in the credit card division and a slew of services and communication drives were launched in this period. At Eureka Forbes, she was the Product Manager of the imported range (Electrolux) of commercial equipment of dishwashers, washing machines, kitchen equipment. She joined BS in 1995, to run the Mumbai operation when BS was a two edition publication.

Business Standard has now grown to 13 editions in English and 8 editions in Hindi. She is a post graduate in Marketing from NMIMS, Mumbai and did her under graduation from Sophia College in Mumbai. She is on the Technical Committee of Media Research Users Council, Vice President of the Indian Newspaper Society.

Akila is the President of Business Standard Limited.