Arundhati Bhattacharya

The First Woman to be the Chairman of State Bank of India


Arundhati Bhattacharya is a retired Banker, who stood out in a male-dominated industry and made her mark as an exceptional leader. 

In 2020 she was appointed as the Chairperson & Chief Executive for the India division of Salesforce, the global giant in CRM. She is also the current Chairman of The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).

In 2018, her interview titled ‘Arundhati Bhattacharya: The Making of SBI’s First Woman Chairperson’ was published on Harvard Business Review Ascend, an online learning platform for early-career professionals & graduating students.

She has a rich experience in India’s financial sector working across varied roles and diverse national and international locations.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

She is the only Indian corporate leader listed on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list ranked at 26.

Throughout her career, she has received a number of titles like the ‘25th Most Powerful Woman in the World’ by Forbes in 2016, the ‘4th Most Powerful Woman in Asia Pacific’ by Fortune, ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at The Asian Awards in 2018, among others.

In 2022, her book ‘A Working Woman’s Notes on Work, Life and Leadership’ gained a lot of appreciation. 

Why Arundhati Bhattacharya ?

Arundhati has worked in corporate banking, treasury, retail, opening new businesses, HR and investment banking. Arundhati’s insight on life is as unparalleled as her experience on the Indian economy.  She believes that lifelong learning determines success in the future and is one of the most influential speakers of the country.

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