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Chanda Kochhar – Only Indian Woman in Time 100 List

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  •  April 20, 2015

Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank, is the only Indian woman who has been included in the list of ‘100 Most Influential People 2015’ in the world by Time magazine. She was appointed as the Director and CEO of ICICI Bank in 2009 after working in the banking sector since 1984. Since then, Chanda has been able to expand the retail-banking sector in India.

See what Anshu Jain, co–chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank, has to say about Chanda:

A banker with vision and reach

You can’t miss Chanda Kochhar as she walks through the Congress Centre at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or into a meeting of the board of directors of the Institute of International Finance, always resplendent in an elegant sari.

Her calm, soft-spoken and understated demeanor belies her strength of conviction and clarity of thought.

When Chanda speaks, people listen carefully.

She has shaped retail banking in India ever since she assumed her pivotal role in establishing ICICI Bank during the 1990s. As managing director and CEO since 2009, she has brought India’s largest private bank a global vision and impressive returns, while also reaching out to the nation’s masses with branches in remote villages where banks simply didn’t exist.

When young women turn to her for advice, she tells them to put aside their unconscious inhibitions, saying, “Don’t give up on something just because you think you can’t do it.

I have yet to find anything Chanda can’t do. She’s a first-class leader, strategist and friend.

In the past, Chanda Kochhar was one of the most influential personalities in the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business’, ‘Best CEO – Private Sector, Most Powerful Women of Asia – Pacific’ and ’50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ lists.

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