Chanda Kochhar – MD & CEO of ICICI Bank

Chanda Kochhar ,54, is the managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of ICICI Bank.

Kochhar graduated as a BBA from Jai Hind College and later pursued master’s degree in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies.

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She received the Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies as well as the J. N. Bose Gold Medal in Cost Accountancy.

In 2010, Kochhar received the Padma Bhushan Award for her services to the banking sector

In 2011, Kochhar was awarded the “ABLF Woman of Power Award (India)” at the Asian Business Leadership Forum Awards.

Kochhar was ranked as the most powerful businesswoman in India in Forbes’ list of ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2013’. Kochhar was also featured in the Power List 2013 of 25 most powerful women in India by India Today, for the third year in a row.

Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank, left, speaks as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe listens during a debate hosted by the Associated Press “Regions in Transformation: South Asia” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The debate focused on the future of South Asia and the global trends and national priorities that are affecting its transformation. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

In October 2014, she was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Law from Carleton University, Canada, in recognition of her pioneering work in the financial sector, effective leadership in a time of economic crisis and support for engaged business practices.

Kochhar was selected in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World 2015.

In 2015, Kochhar was ranked first in the Fortune List of 100 Most Powerful Women in Asia Pacific.

India’s top women bankers, SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya, ICICI head Chanda Kochhar and Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma, are among the 50 most powerful women based outside the US, according to a list by Fortune which is topped by Banco Santander’s boss Ana Botin. 

In India’s male dominated banking sphere, Chanda Kochhar carved a niche for herself. This was no easy task. In her career which extends to over three decades of experience, she remained strong willed and alert.

It was her sharp strategic planning which made the ICICI bank the ‘Best Retail Bank in India’ for five consecutive years

Chanda Kochhar once said: ‘Whenever There’s a Challenge, I See an Opportunity’