Roshni Nadar Malhotra became the first woman to head a listed Indian IT company as she took over as the Chairperson of $8.9 billion HCL Technologies from her father Shiv Nadar. Roshni, 38, is also the country’s richest woman and has now replaced her father who founded the company in 1976.
Roshni joined the board of HCL Technologies in 2013, and was Vice-Chairperson before that. She will continue as CEO of HCL Corporation, the holding company for all the group entities. Shiv Nadar would continue to be the Managing Director of the company with designation as Chief Strategy Officer, the company has said in a statement.
Notable personalities and organisations from the business sector have congratulated Roshni on her achievement.
Former HCL Technologies CEO Vineet Nayar has said, "I am sure HCL will fly high under Roshni who leads with purpose, passion and pride. Exciting times ahead.”
Congratulations #RoshniNadarMalhotra on your new role as Chief of @hcltech. Excited to see another #WomanInTech take charge at the workplace!
We are sure HCL will achieve even greater heights in the future under your leadership. https://t.co/djlrOvkQFi
— NASSCOM (@nasscom) July 17, 2020
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, India's Wealthiest Woman, New Chief Of HCL Tech - a great addition that augments diversity in corporate India Congrats Roshini Nadar Malhotra https://t.co/yqOHP4iJCA
— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) July 17, 2020
Apart from being a trailblazer leader and business maker, Roshni is a multi-talented personality.
She holds MBA degree from Kellogg School of Management in the US and is an alumnus of the World Economic Forum's Forum of Young Global Leaders initiative.
According to the latest Hurun Rich List, Roshni is India's richest woman with a net worth of Rs 36,800 crore. She was ranked 54th in Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2019.
She is also the chairperson of VidyaGyan, an initiative under the aegis of Shiv Nadar Foundation. VidyaGyan aims to provide education and leadership training to the economically backward students of rural India and bring them at par with their urban counterparts.
In 2018, Roshni -who is also a passionate about wildlife conservation- established The Habitats Trust that works towards protecting India's natural habitats and its indigenous species.
Roshni is married to Shikhar Malhotra and they have two sons.
(Edited by Athira Nair)