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Shikha Sharma is the MD and CEO of one of India’s top private banks, Axis Bank.

Shikha Sharma is the MD and CEO of one of India’s top private banks, Axis Bank.

An alumnus of IIM-A, Shikha Sharma started her career in India’s banking scene, with ICICI, in 1980. Starting off with retail banking, she quickly established herself as a leader. She slowly but steadily worked her way to the top over more than two decades, eventually heading the bank’s life insurance arm, ICICI Prudential.

In 2009, Shikha Sharma took over as head of Axis Bank. With Shikha Sharma at the helm, Axis Bank has been growing steadily. She has often been named as one of India’s most powerful and influential women by Business Today, Indian Express and Forbes.

Shikha Sharma has several awards to her credit, including Businessworld’s Banker Of The Year and CNBC’s Woman Business Leader Of The Year.

Why we find her inspiring:

– For being at the helm of India’s third largest private bank

– For successfully juggling a high profile career with motherhood

– For her simplicity despite her position and authority

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*Photo source: Axis Bank Foundation.


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