MUMBAI: The technology industry has long been dominated by men, especially at the top level and saw very little participation by women in these roles. However, the trend has changed in recent years and women are rapidly storming into the boardrooms in top IT companies. Gone are the days when woman executives were restricted to the secondary positions in the tech organizations. Today, a good number of women executives are holding strategic positions in big companies. We have listed out some top women executives from India who have made a path breaking success in the IT industry.
Neelam Dhawan, MD Hewlett-Packard India
Neelam Dhawan is well known name in the IT industry and one of the few woman executives working at a leading position in MNCs. In her capacity as the Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard India, Dhawan is responsible for the growth of various business segments of the leading IT solutions provider.
Prior to Hewlett-Packard India, she headed the sales and marketing operations at Microsoft India.
Dhawan has held a number of roles in leading IT companies, including HCL and IBM. Dhawan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and a Masters in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.
Debjani Ghosh, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group & Managing Director, South Asia, Intel
Debjani Ghosh is one of the most influential IT professional with rich experience in the technology domain. She is responsible for expanding Intel’s business in the emerging economies in the South Asia region. She joined Intel in 1996 as a marketing communications executive charged with developing a consumer marketing program in India. Subsequently, she set up and managed Intel’s education programs across the Asia Pacific region.
Ghosh also has a good experience in the advertising domain. She is the first woman president of Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology. She is also a trustee of the NASSCOM Foundation. Ghosh holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Osmania University and an MBA degree in marketing from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research.
Inderpreet Sawhney, Sr. Vice President &, General Counsel, Wipro
Inderpreet Sawhney is one of the seasoned IT professionals. In her current role, Sawhney is responsible for overseeing the legal affairs of Wipro globally. She has 20 years of international experience in the legal domain, having worked both in India and U.S.
Prior to joining Wipro, she served as Managing Partner of a midsized law firm in Silicon Valley. Sawhney was also the in-house counsel at ITC Limited. She also serves on the National Advisory Council of NASABA. She has a BA (Hons) and LL.B degree from Delhi University and an LL.M from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM India Private Limited
She is the lady who has been responsible in taking IBM India on the new heights of success. Narayanan is responsible for all of IBM’s sales, marketing, services and global delivery operations in the India and South Asia region. Narayanan carries over 26 years of experience working in the technology domain. She is a part of the IBM ISA business, serving in roles as the Sales & Distribution Leader and recently as the Managing Partner for Global Business Services (GBS).
Prior to this, she has served as the Vice President of Communications sector, Asia Pacific, and the Global Vice President for IBM’s telecom solutions offerings. Narayanan has a Masters 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.
Aruna Jayanthi, global BPO head Capgemini India
Aruna Jayanthi is one of the most influencing woman entrepreneurs in India. After successfully executing her role as a Capgemini India’s CEO, Jayanthi, was elevated as the global BPO head of the French IT major. She has over two decades of experience in the IT services industry and has worked in both multinationals and pure-play companies.
Jayanthi is an alumnus of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. She holds Master’s in Management Studies in Finance.
Divya Jain, Data Analysis Engineer at Box
Divya Jain is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of experience in building large-scale data-driven products. She was the Co-Founder and Chief Architect of dLoop Inc. After dLoop’s acquisition by Box in 2013, Jain has been heading as the Data Analysis Engineer. She leads the Machine Learning initiative at Box.
Jain started her career at Sun Microsystems, she also worked at EMC and Kazeon. Besides, Jain holds Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University and Data Mining and Analysis Specialization from Stanford University.
Kirthiga Reddy, Former Facebook India MD
Kirthiga Reddy joined Facebook in 2010 as its first employee in India. In her capacity as a managing director of Facebook India, Reddy redefined Facebook’s mantra of staying connected. Prior to that she worked at global companies such as Silicon Graphics and Motorola.
She holds a master’s in business administration from Stanford University and an M.S. in computer engineering from Syracuse University. Reddy recently stepped down as the managing director of Facebook India after Facebook’s Free Basics program was rejected by the Telecom Regularity Authority of India (TRAI) and is reportedly moving back to the US.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, CEO and Executive Director, HCL Corporation
As CEO and Executive Director of the HCL Corporation, Roshni Nadar is responsible for strategic decisions regarding the overall direction of HCL Corporation. She is actively involved in multiple philanthropy projects.
Nadar has earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management with a focus on Social Enterprise and Management & Strategy.
Sara Mathew, Director, Shire plc
Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. Mathew has helped drive the transformation of the company from being a data provider to an innovative digital enterprise that leverages big data, insights and analytics. She has been recently roped in by Shire plc on board as Non-Executive Director.
Mathew holds an MBA degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Accounting degree from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants and Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Madras in Chennai, India.