Women rise to break glass ceil­ing

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NEW DELHI: An in­creas­ing num­ber of women are break­ing the glass ceil­ing to take over as cor­po­rate bosses in in­dus­tries that were ear­lier con­sid­ered ma­le­only bas­tions in In­dia.

Sam­ple this: US food gi­ant Heinz, con­sumer goods ma­jor Col­gate Pal­mo­live, break­fast ce­real ma­jor Kel­logg, food and dairy gi­ant Bri­tan­nia, oil drilling multi­na­tional Shell, and Bri­tish liquor ma­jor Di­a­geo, the mak­ers of John­nie Walker whiskies, are all led by women chief ex­ec­u­tives in In­dia.

About 11% of 240 large com­pa­nies — In­dian- owned and multi­na­tional, pri­vate and sta­te­owned — have women CEOs, ac­cord­ing to a study car­ried out by ex­ec­u­tive search firm EMA Part­ners in 2009. About half of them are in the fi­nan­cial ser­vices sec­tor, but ex­perts said that man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, which tra­di­tion­ally did not at­tract women be­cause of the na­ture of the busi­ness and the lo­ca­tion of fac­to­ries, are now in­creas­ingly ap­point­ing lady CEOs.

Women are also more open to work­ing grave­yard shifts. “Fam­ily sup­port is crit­i­cal to success at work,” said Avani Saglani Davda, who was ap­pointed CEO at Tata Star­bucks Ltd last year.

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