Women rise to break glass ceiling
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.