What makes Arundhati Bhattcharya a power woman

She brought in the much needed female perspective in policy making, and introduced various schemes to improve the environment for her female colleagues and subordinates.

Binjal Shah
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Here are some of Arundhati Bhattacharya's lifetime's pioneering endeavours, ensuring that she will be a name to reckon with for generations to come:



 The Beginning:

Arundhati Bhattacharya is one of the most noted figures of our time, especially as a woman leader and trail blazer. She started her career as a probationary officer the Sate Bank of India, when she was only 22. She subsequently went on to hold positions across diverse portfolios-  foreign exchange, treasury, retail operations, human resources and investment banking. She served the bank as chief executive of their merchant banking arm- State Bank of India Capital Markets; chief general manager in charge of new projects. 


Creating History

Arundhati Battacharya came into the spotlight when her 36 year stint at SBI culminated in chairmanship in 2013. She thus became the first woman in history to assume the highest office at the Government-owned institution. She also became the first woman to lead an India-based Fortune 500 company.





On assuming the reins, she brought in the much needed female perspective in policy making, and introduced various schemes  to benefit her female colleagues and subordinates. She set in motion a two-year sabbatical policy for women employees for child or elder care. She is even contemplating introducing free vaccination against cervical cancer to all her woman employees.


World Icon:


Many world renowned organizations have taken cognizance of the new woman on the block. A year into being chairperson, in 2014, she was named the 36th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. She made it to the FP Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine list in the same year. In 2015, she moved up 6 spots to come in 30th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes- a clear testimony to her inflating iconic stature. 


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State Bank of India Arundhati Bhattacharya SBI first woman chairperson