Kochhar, 49, took charge of India's largest private sector bank last year and swiftly put her own stamp on the business. Revenues were up 16.6% to $8.66 billion in 2009, and profits climbed 47.5% to $1.04 billion.
With managing assets of more than $100 billion and wholly-owned subsidiaries in 18 countries, Kochhar has strengthened its sources of funding and pushed through an ambitious branch expansion. A merger with the Bank of Rajasthan has enhanced ICICI's branch network by 25%, to a private sector record of 2,500 bank branches in India.
Twenty-five years after starting out at ICICI as a management trainee, Kochhar shattered the glass ceiling in 2009, making history as the first woman managing director and CEO at a private sector bank in India.