Roshni Nadar, CEO of HCL, one of the leading IT firm in India who took over as the Chairperson of HCL on 17th July is the perfect example to look upon building a notable role as a businesswoman. The only child of Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL, Roshni completed MBA on Social Enterprise Management and Strategy after her graduation in communication. Roshni was the country’s richest woman in 2019 with 31,400 crores according to IIFL Wealth Hurun India.
Even before becoming the Chairperson of her own company, she worked in various companies as a producer.
First Step to HCL and further
Roshni joined HCL corporation in 2009. In 2013, at the age of 27, she was elevated as Executive Director and then CEO. She is responsible for brand building and treasury operations of HCL. Roshni is the perfect successor to her father Shiv Nadar with her in hand experience in HCL. Horasis, an internationally renowned think tank recognised Roshni as the Indian Business leader of the year 2019 which is an accolade to prove her abilities to develop the company to more heights.
She was featured in “The world’s Most Powerful Women” list compiled by Forbes consecutively in 2017, 2018, 2019. In 2019 she was ranked 54th on the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List. She is an alumnus of the World Economic Forum’s Forum of Young Global leader’s initiative. She was conferred with the Lewis Changemaker Award in 2017.
Woman + Business
Roshini balances her profession, societal and personal needs wonderfully. She married Shikhar Malhotra in 2010 and the duo has two sons. Her societal responsibility is reflected through her philanthropy. She believed in the process of building a nation by driving transformational leadership through education. Shiv Nadar Foundation running under the not for profit Shivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering is committed in this process of nation-building.
She is also the chairperson of VidyaGyan Leadership Academy, an academy for economically underprivileged. She has invested over $800 million impacting over 30,000 students from a poor background. The passion for conserving wildlife and natural habitat made her form ‘The Habitats’ trust in 2018. Therefore, it is not surprising to hear about the Philanthropists award she has received, in 2014 from NDTV, 2017 from Vogue, The world’s Most Innovative People Award’ for Philanthropic Innovation by The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2015.