Kochhar, Nooyi feel privileged being woman and CEO
Being a woman and heading a company of global size has its own challenges, but the elite members of this clan are not complaining, rather they feel privileged in taking care of both family and business together.delhi Updated: Nov 09, 2009 20:41 IST
Being a woman and heading a company of global size has its own challenges, but the elite members of this clan are not complaining, rather they feel privileged in taking care of both family and business together.
"It is a privilege to handle and raise both family and business together as a woman," ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar said.
"I think 50 per cent of the society misses out from that privilege," Kochhar said at the World Economic Summit in New Delhi.
Kochhar heads the country's largest private sector bank as its CEO and MD, a position she assumed in May this year and has reached after decades of work at the organisation where she joined as a management trainee.
"It is a challenge when you are trying to squeeze in 24 hours the work for 48 years," she said when asked about challenges faced by women in business.
Another women achiever in corporate world, Indra Nooyi, the chief of global food and beverage giant PepsiCo, said at the same summit that there were huge personal hurdles in her journey. She was asked about the challenges -- from growing up in India to shifting to the US and finally reaching her current job at Pepsi.
"The resume (that we women business leaders have) may be impressive, but what's missing in the resume are the heartaches, the pain, trade-offs and and disappointments."