Designation: Chairperson, State Bank of India
Kolkata girl, Arundhati Bhattacharya superseded three male colleagues to become the first woman chairperson of State Bank of India, in the year 2013.
She joined State Bank of India in 1977 as a probationary officer (PO) and has held several positions during her 36-year career with the bank including working in foreign exchange, treasury, retail operations, human resources and investment banking. She is also the first woman to lead an India based Fortune 500 company.
Banking was not on the horizon for Arundhati when she was in school. With a flair for English literature, she pursued the subject for her graduation and post-graduation.
Arundhati loves learning and meeting new people at her job and enjoys interaction with them. As the first woman chairperson of the bank, she aims to include a two-year sabbatical for women employees to pursue higher education and conduct special training programmes to enrich their professional lives.