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Name- Chanda Kochhar

DOB- 17 November 1961 Jodhpur, India

Known as- CEO of ICICI Bank

Father- Roopchand Advani



Early Life and Education

Chanda Kochhar was born in Jodhpur in Rajasthan on November 17, 1961, but was raised in Jaipur in Rajasthan. She then joined Jai Hind College in Mumbai for a Bachelor of Arts degree. After completing her graduation in 1982, she pursued cost accountancy (ICWAI). Later, she did her Master's degree in management studies from the esteemed Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai from where she received a Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies. In the same year, she won the J.N Bose gold medal for Cost Accountancy.


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Chanda Kochhar joined the Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (ICICI) as a management trainee in 1984. When she joined ICICI, she was handling project appraisal and was monitoring and evaluating projects in industries like textile, paper and cement. In 1993, when the ICICI Bank was being set up, Chanda Kochhar was appointed as one of the core team members and granted major responsibilities. In 1994, she got promoted to assistant general manager post, and then to deputy manager in 1996. In 1996, she was made head of the newly formed Infrastructure Industry Group of ICICI Bank which aimed to create industry expertise in areas of power, telecom and transportation.

In 1998, she was made the General Manager and the head of the ICICI Bank’s major client group, which handled relationships with ICICI’s top 200 clients. In 1999, she found herself handling strategy and e-commerce divisions of ICICI bank. Her proficient leadership helped the bank in building the retail business and she focused more on important factors like technology, innovation, process engineering and expansion of distribution and scale.

By 2001, she had taken over as the executive director, and in 2006 she became the deputy managing director of ICICI bank. From 2006-07, she was given the responsibility of international and corporate businesses of the bank. From 2007 to 2009, she served as the bank’s chief financial officer (CFO) and joint managing director. In 2009, Chanda Kochhar was appointed as managing director and chief executive officer of the bank. Her role also includes heading the boards of most of bank’s subsidiaries.


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In a society where very few women manage to reach the top rungs of the corporate ladder, Chanda Kochhar has broken the glass ceiling. She is leading the ICICI Bank since 2009 and under her leadership ICICI Bank won the "Best Retail Bank in India" award in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.


Personal Life

Kochhar resides in Mumbai, and is married to Deepak Kochhar, a wind energy entrepreneur and her business schoolmate. They have two children, a daughter Aarti and a son, Arjun.


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Awards And Accolades

In 2005, Chanda Kochhar was awarded ‘Business Woman of the Year’ award by The Economic Times, and in 2006 she received ‘Rising Star Award’ for Global Awards by Retail Banker International.

She was also featured in the list of ‘30 Most Powerful Woman Leaders’ for eight consecutive years from 2002 to 2010.

She was ranked 10th in Fortune’s List of ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ in 2010. In the same year, she was ranked 92nd in the Forbes List of ‘Most Powerful Women’ in the world.

In 2010, she also received ‘Outstanding Woman Business Leader of the Year’ award by CNBC TV18. Also, Financial Times ranked her 11th in list of ‘Top 50 Woman in World Business’.

In 2011, she was conferred with Padma Bhushan award, the third highest civilian award in India.

In 2014, Carleton University, Canada honoured her with doctorate degree.

Chanda Kochhar was listed in Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2015.

In 2017, she was also seen in Business World magazine’s ‘BW’s Most Influential Women’ list as a woman leader.


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