Chanda Kochhar is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, India's second largest bank and the largest in the private sector. She is widely recognised for her role in shaping the retail banking sector in India and for her leadership of the ICICI Group, as well as her contributions to various forums in India and globally.
Chanda began her career with ICICI Limited in 1984 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of ICICI Bank in 2001. She was instrumental in establishing ICICI Bank during the 1990s, and subsequently headed the infrastructure finance and corporate banking business in ICICI Limited. From 2007 to 2009, she was the Joint Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer during a critical period of rapid change in the global financial landscape. She was elevated as Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank in 2009. She also chairs the boards of the bank's principal subsidiaries, which include India's leading private sector life and general insurance companies.
In addition to her responsibilities at the ICICI Group, Chanda is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry, the Board of Trade, High-Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure, US-India CEO Forum and UK-India CEO Forum. She is a member of the boards of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, National Institute of Securities Markets and Institute of International Finance. She was Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in 2011.
She was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian honours, in 2011.