“Our premise was that the country needed infrastructure and the capital assets to build it, and as bankers, we participated in it. Some things did not pan out as expected. We learn from those lessons.” ~ Shikha Sharma, CEO of Axis Bank

Summary: Mrs. Shikha Sharma has been the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Axis Bank Limited since June 1, 2009. Mrs. Sharma served as Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of FE (India) Limited. She served as the Managing Director of Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd., since September 2009. She served as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd. until April 2009. She served as Company Secretary of IO System Ltd. from April 2007 to May 2007. She has many years of experience in the financial sector having begun her career with ICICI Limited in 1980. In her 15 year tenure with the ICICI group, Mrs. Sharma was instrumental in setting up various businesses. In 1992, she was involved in setting up ICICI Securities – a joint venture between ICICI and JP Morgan. Mrs. Sharma earned an M.B.A. from IIM, Ahmedabad and a B.A. honors degree from the University of Delhi.

Nationality: Indian

Company: Axis Bank

Net worth: 54 million USD (2017)

Q: You listed your strong business, franchise and distribution capabilities. Has that itself made you an attractive proposition for those who don’t have it?

A: That’s always nice to hear. It’s good to feel like a beautiful bride that everybody is aspiring for, but the point is that if the beautiful bride is not putting up her hand for marriage, then you can have a lot of suitors but there won’t be a marriage.