Technology sector has been a hub for men, for most of its actual existence. This has eventually and slowly changed. The old long story that Technology sector of the economy is ruled by men is now a myth. The scenario has changed a lot since the last two decades. More of technologically sound and intellectual magnificent women have not only entered the industry but have conquered it.
Let us have a look at top 10 women from Indian IT industry who have conquered this sector:-
1. Neelam Dhawan
First on our list is Neelam Dhawan. She is the Vice-President & General Manager (enterprise group) and Country Managing Director, HP India. She joined Hewlett-Packard India in 2008 and Heads Company’s, research and IT services, software engineering. She was positioned at 37th position among the ‘50 most powerful women in business’ by the Fortune magazine in 2009.
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Before her skimpy tenure at HP, she has occupied a number of senior positions at Microsoft, IBM and HCL Technologies. Neelam has a bachelor’s degree in economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi and a MBA degree from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.
2. Kumud Srinivasan
Next on our list is, Kumud Srinivasan. She is the President of Intel India and General Manager of the Intel Architecture Group, India. Previously, Ms. Srinivasan was vice President and GM of IT for Silicon, Software and Services. Srinivasan is a member of the Board of Advisors of the School of Information Studies in Syracuse University.
Srinivasan has attained her bachelor’s degree in economics from Calcutta University in 1981 and her master’s degree in information and library studies from Syracuse University in 1984. In addition, she has completed doctoral coursework in information science at University of California, Berkeley.
3. Roshni Nadar
Roshni Nadar is third on our list. Roshni is the Executive director and CEO of HCL. The daughter of HCL founder Shiv Nadar, is on a mission to prove that family lineage can only propel you to the top chair, but you have to work hard and smart, at retaining that empire.
She is well versed and trained classical musician with a graduation degree from Northwestern University in radio, television and film. The 31-year-old also has a MBA in social enterprise management and strategy from Kellogg School of Management.
4. Vanitha Narayanan
Vanitha Narayanan is the Managing Director of IBM India Private Limited, and the Regional General Manager for India/ South Asia (ISA). With over 25 years of experience working with multiple client sets and in several countries since she joined IBM in 1987 in US. Previously, she has served as the Global Vice President for IBM’s telecom solutions offerings and Vice President of Communications sector, Asia Pacific.
She has a Masters degree in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Madras and a Masters in Business Administration in Information Systems from University of Houston – Magna Cum Laude.
5. Debjani Ghosh
Debjani Ghosh is the Managing Director – Sales and Marketing Group, Intel South Asia. Previously, Debjani was the Director for Intel Southeast Asia.
She attained her degree from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. She focuses on boosting technology in South Asia through building strategic partnerships with the government as well as other partners in the ecosystem.
6. Aruna Jayanthi
The 49-year-old Aruna Jayanthi is the Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini India. Within few years, she has climbed up to a global role as the head of delivery at the company’s outsourcing division. In her current role, she has approx 40,000 employees working under her. Aruna Jayanthi was ranked the 3rd most powerful business woman in India in 2012 by Fortune magazine.
Jayanthi, Alumni of Mumbai-based Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, she joined Capgemini in 2000, as part of the core team responsible for setting up the company’s offshore business here.
7. Kirthiga Reddy
Kirthiga Reddy, Head of Facebook India and its online operations. Being the first employee at the Facebook India, She has built the company’s local operations from the ground up. India Today ranked Kirthiga among the top 25 influential professional women in India and hottest young executives by Business Today in 2011. Apart from Facebook, Kirthiga has also worked with Phoenix Technologies, Silicon Graphics and Motorola.
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The 40-year-old holds a BE in computer science from Ambedkar University, MBA from Stanford University and MS in computer engineering from Syracuse University.
Manisha Sood, is the new Director at SMB at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, Sood was working as Country Manager, India and Saarc,Sandisk. Sood has over 24 years of experience in business development, channel management, marketing and sales.
She got bachelor’s degree from Bombay University and diploma in computer science from IITC, Mumbai. Before Sandisk, she had worked at Kodak and Modi Olivetti.
9. Nandita Gurjar
Nandita Gurjar is the Global head of education and research wing of Infosys. Ms. Gurjar joined Infosys in 1999 and founded the learning and development unit of the company. She is a member of World Economic Forum – Global Advisory Council on New Models of Leadership.
Gurjar holds a bachelors degree in literature from Nizam College, Hyderabad and masters degree in psychology from Osmania University.
10. Aruna Singh
Last on our list is Aruna Singh who is the chief financial officer – Asia-Pacific, Orange Business Services. Before Orange, Singh has worked with GE and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She joined Orange in 2007. She pursued her education at Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
I hope you have enjoyed the list of these 10 Indian females in IT industry.
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