In India we see two different kinds of families. One is where the woman is only the home maker and does not venture outside for any professional work. The second is the working woman who manages both the home and the workplace. In either case the woman is supposed to take care of the the home and in some cases both the home and the workplace. There is little by the way of gender equity though some change is visible nowadays.


A third kind of family is also being increasingly seen nowadays where the daughter of a business family takes over charge of the business enterprise or gets involved in the day to day business.  Here they are integral part of decision-making and have an place in the boardrooms. Few of these pretty ladies have the onus of taking forward the legacy of family business on the shoulders from their previous generations. Some like Simone Tata wife of Naval Tata build the iconic cosmetic brand Lakme in the early sixties, that was sold to Hindustan Lever in 1996, others like Anu Aga the ex Chairperson of Thermax who led the engineering giant Thermax from 1996 to 2004 have been inspirational leaders in their own ways. However on the eve of the International Woman’s Day we look at few of the young leaders who are making heads turn.

Roshni Nadar:- She is the executive director as well as the CEO of HCL corporation. She is daughter of HCL founder Shiv Nadar. “she is responsible for strategic decisions regarding the overall direction of the Corporation including the key areas of determining its governance structures, treasury, risk and portfolio management, and for the diversification plans of HCL. The idea and strategy for the HCL brand and the Shiv Nadar Foundation are strategically driven by her as well

Laxmi Venu  Srinivasan :- Lakshmi Venu, daughter of the giant two wheeler and auto component maker TVS group’s chairman & MD Venu Srinivasan. She has been appointed as the joint managing director of Sundaram Clayton. Lakshmi Venu is currently director- strategy in the company. In Sundaram, her responsibility is to explore business opportunities, coordinating the company’s financial and budgetary activities.  She was appointed to join the board as an additional non-executive director of TVS Motor.

Nisaba Godrej:- Daughter of Adi Godrej, the chairman of the Godrej company. She is the executive director of Godrej consumer products. She is also the boards of director of GCPL, Godrej Agrovet and Teach for India. She has an integral part of its strategic planning and execution.

Tanya Arvind Dubash:-  She is the Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer at the Godrej company . She is currently on the Boards of Godrej Industries Limited, Godrej Consumer Products Limited, and Godrej Agrovet Limited and is the Chairperson of Godrej Nature’s Basket. She is also a board member of the Bhartiya Mahila Bank, the first women bank in India with a vision of economic empowerment for a women and a Trustee of Brown University.

Tara Singh Vachani :- She is the daughter of Max India group founder Analjit Singh, has been appointed as director on the board of Max India. She is the CEO of Antara Senior Living and has been inducted as a Director on the Board of Max India Limited.

Well! These ladies have the multi-tasking ability; they know how to manage their personal as well as her professional life. It proves that working with family is no cakewalk, but it brings lots of reward in the form of satisfaction, pleasure or happiness of taking forward a family legacy.

These ladies have inspired us, motivated us, and changed the way of the society is today and make us proud and give a hope to so many of us.

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