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ICICI Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Ms. Chanda D. Kochhar : Profile

By: Raj Kumar (Source: Banks website ),      Update:03 Jul 2013

Ms. Chanda Kochhar is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, country’s second-largest bank and the largest in the private sector. Kochhar is Known for her role in shaping the retail banking sector in India and for her leadership of the ICICI Group. She is also recognised for her contributions to various forums in India and globally.

She began her career, with erstwhile ICICI Limited in 1984 as a Management Trainee. She has thereon successfully risen through the ranks by handling multidimensional assignments and heading all the major functions in the Bank at various points in time. In 2001, Kochhar was elevated to the Board of Directors of ICICI Bank. During the 1990s she was instrumental in establishing ICICI Bank, and subsequently headed the infrastructure finance and corporate banking business in ICICI Limited. She took on the challenge of building the nascent retail business, with strong focus on technology, innovation, process reengineering and expansion of distribution and scale in 2000. The ICICI Bank achieved a leadership position in this business. During 2006-2007, she successfully led the Bank's corporate and international banking businesses during a period of heightened activity and global expansion by Indian companies. She became the Joint Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer during a critical period from 2007 to 2009 of rapid change in the global financial landscape. Kochhar was assigned as Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Bank in 2009 and is responsible for the Bank's diverse operations in India and overseas. She also chairs the boards of the Bank's principal subsidiaries, which include India's leading private sector life and general insurance companies.
Ms. Kochhar has been assigned various other responsibilities in addition to her responsibilities at the ICICI Group.  Ms. Kochhar is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade & Industry, the Board of Trade, High-Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure, US-India CEO Forum and UK-India CEO Forum. She is a member of the boards of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, National Institute of Securities Markets, Institute of International Finance and International Monetary Conference. She was co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in 2011.

Ms. Kochhar was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian honours, in 2011.

Various Awards and Recognition
Showered on Ms. Kochhar are year wise given below  

  • Ranked as the most powerful business woman in India in the Forbes list of 'The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2013'.
  • Received the 'Transformation Leader Award' by NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards 2012.
  • Featured for the third year in a row in the Power List 2013 of 25 most powerful women in India, by India Today.
  • Is the only Indian to be featured in the Dow Jones list of Most Influential Female Executives in the World of the last decade. She is ranked 12th in the global list.
  • Awarded the Businessperson Of The Year 2012 by Business India. She is the first woman recipient of this award in 31 years.


  • Topped the list of "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune India.
  • Ranked 18th in Fortune's list of '2012 Businesspersons of the Year'. This is Fortune's annual ranking of 50 global leaders who are "the best in business".
  • Ranked fifth, for the second consecutive year, in Fortune's international list of "50 Most Powerful Women in Business."
  • Ranked 59th in the World's 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes.
  • Named amongst the nine Indian women in the Forbes' inaugural "Asia Power Businesswomen" list.
  • Ranked fifth in the list of the "Most Powerful CEOs" in India by The Economic Times and first in the list of "Top Women CEOs" in the country.
  • Conferred with CNBC Asia's India Business Leader of the year award and CSR award.
  • Named the "Business Person of the Year" by Business India
  • Named amongst the "25 most powerful professional women" in the country by India Today for the second year.


  • Ranked fifth by Fortune in the International list of "50 Most Powerful Women in Business".
  • Ranked 17th among the "25 Most Powerful CEOs" in Asia by Fortune.
  • Ranked 43rd "Most Powerful Woman" in the world by Forbes.
  • Named among the "50 most influential people in global finance" by Bloomberg Markets magazine.
  • Named among the "two best Indian CEOs "in an annual poll by Finance Asia.
  • Ranked 10th by Financial Times in the "Top 50 Women in World Business".
  • Received the "Global Leadership Award" from the US-India Business Council.
  • Named "Most Powerful Woman in Indian Business" by Fortune India.
  • The first woman to be named as the "Business Leader of the Year" by The Economic Times.
  • Featured in the "Hall Of Fame - Most Powerful Women in Indian Business" by Business Today.
  • Conferred with the "Transformational Business Leader of the Year", award by All India Management Association.


  • Ranked 10th in the list of "Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune.
  • Ranked 92nd in the list of "Most Powerful Women" in the world by Forbes.
  • Conferred with the "Outstanding Woman Business Leader of the Year" award by CNBC TV18.
  • Conferred with the "Banker of the Year Award" by Financial Express.
  • Featured in the list of "30 Most Powerful Women Leaders" in Business Today for eight consecutive years from 2002 to 2010.

Education & Certifications

For a Bachelors Degree in Arts Mrs. Kochhar joined Jaihind College and after graduating in 1982, completed her MBA and Cost Accountancy. From the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai She did her Masters in Management Studies (Finance) and topped her batch and received the Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies. In Cost Accountancy, she received the J. N. Bose Gold Medal for highest marks in that year.

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  ravinder    03 April 2011  
  you have done very well


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