Yesterday, at a competition, a question was raised – “Is women entrepreneurship successful?” I knew the answer was positive but i lacked a supportive paradigm.
There are many who believe that women can’t be good entrepreneurs. A business has a glass ceiling if a woman starts climbing the ladder to success but, amidst the crowd there are many faces that prove this notion wrong.
Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
Indra Nooyi was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She completed her schooling from Holy Angels AIHSS, Chennai. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics,Chemistry and Maths from Madras Christian College in 1974 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976. Beginning her career in India, Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell. She was admitted to Yale School of Management in 1978 and earned a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management. While at Yale, she completed her summer internship with Booz & Company.Graduating in 1980, Nooyi joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and then held strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri. Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named president and CFO in 2001. In 2007 she became the fifth CEO in PepsiCo.
Kiran Majumdar Shaw
Chairperson and M.D. of Biocon Limited, Chairperson of Syngene International Limited and Clinigene International Limited.
She started Biocon in 1978. She also established two subsidiaries: Syngene (1994) to provide development support services for discovery research and Clinigene (2000) to cater to clinical development services. She received Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005) from the government of India.
Born in Bangalore, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw completed her schooling from the city’s Bishop Cotton Girl’s High School (1968). She wanted to join medical school but instead took up biology and completed her BSc Zoology Honors course from Bangalore University (1973). She later did her post-graduation in Malting and Brewing from Ballarat College, Melbourne University (1975).
Chairperson of the Trent Limited.
French by birth and educated in Switzerland, she came to India in 1955, and joined Lakmé as Managing Director in 1961, rising to become its Chairperson in 1982. The small subsidiary of Tata Oil Mills went on to become one of the leading cosmetic companies of India. As the Chairperson of Lakmé, she was referred in the Indian media as the Cosmetic Czarina of India. She was appointed to the board of Tata Industries in 1989.
Eyeing growth in the retails sector, in 1996 Tata sold off Lakmé to Hindustan unilever Limited (HLL), and created Trent from the money it made through the sale. All shareholders of Lakmé were given, equivalent share in Trent. The Westside brand and stores belongs to Trent.
Thats all for now.. Yet more to come in subsequent posts..!
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