Chanda Kochhar (Indian Banking Legend)

Chanda Kochhar (Indian Banking Legend)

Chanda Kochar was born in born 17 November 1961 is an Indian lady who is pride of India in Banking and Business sector. She is currently the Chief Executive officer CEO ICICI Bank which is the largest bank of India.

Early Life

She was  born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and moved to Mumbai to study in Jai Hind college.She completed her bachelor of arts in 1982 and studied cost accounting at ICWAI. She obtain another degree in Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute. She topped and received a Gold Medal in university.


Kochhar lives in Mumbai and her husband is Deepak Kochhar. Deepak is also an enterpreneur and they met in the business school many years back.  She has a daughter Aarti and a son Arjun.

Early Career

She joined  Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (ICICI) in 1984 and started her career as a management trainee. She handled various projects for paper and cement industries.

Mid And Senior Career

Kochhar was promoted as Assistant General Manager in 1994 and lead the banking team. She was an outstanding manager and soft spoken humble personality. Her next promotion was the rank of Deputy General Manager in 1996. She became the GM General Manager in 1998 and headed for a victorious career which led the Bank to its glory.

She maintained great relations with 200 clients of Bank very well. Her outstanding management skills made the bank the larger financer in India. She was further promoted to Executive Director in 2001.

Post  2006 Career

After becoming the Deputy Managing Director, she revolutionized the Bank’s corporate sector and retail sector. She also became the chief financial officer for the bank CFO. ICICI has a different group of companies also, she is also the director of the those companies. She is also the Vice President of ICICI Bank Canada and ICICI UK.

ICICI Bank won the “Best Retail Bank in India” award in 2001, it was all to her credit as a leader and senior executive. She is also  in Fortune‘s list of “Most Powerful Women in Business. She is also at number 20 in the Forbes “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list. In 2011, she featured in Business Today’s list of the “Most Powerful Women – Hall of Fame”.

She received the Padma Bhushan Award in 2010. Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World 2015.In 2015, Kochhar was ranked first in the Fortune List of 100 Most Powerful Women in Asia Pacific. She won  recognition in Switzerland from her effective leadership in a time of economic crisis and is the “Sachin Tendulkar” of the Indian Banking and Economy.

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