India’s richest woman, Roshni Nadar Malhotra, has taken over as the chairperson of HCL Technologies, one of the country’s leading IT companies. With this, she has become the first woman to head a listed Indian IT company. Earlier, Roshni’s father and billionaire Shiv Nadar held the reins of the company worth $ 8.9 billion. HCL Technologies announced on Friday that the company’s founder and chairman Shiv Nadar is stepping down and the company’s Board of Directors has appointed his daughter Roshni as the new chairman of the company with immediate effect.
Roshni did her schooling from Vasant Valley School in Delhi. She graduated in Communication from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She has a degree of MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Roshni, who also had a formal education in classical music, was inducted into the board of HCL Technologies in 2013 as Vice-Chairperson. She will remain the CEO of HCL Corporation.
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Prior to joining HCL Corporation in 2009, she has worked as a news producer at Sky News UK and CNN America. Within a year of joining HCL Corp, Roshni was given the responsibility of the executive director. She was appointed CEO of the company at the age of 27.
Roshni married Shikhar Malhotra in 2010. Shikhar is the Vice Chairman at HCL Healthcare. Roshni and Malhotra have two sons.
According to Hurun Rich List, Roshni is the richest woman in India with assets of INR 36,800 crore. In 2019, she was ranked 54th in Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
According to the company’s website, Roshni has a strong interest in wildlife and conservation and for this, she founded The Habitats Trust in 2018. The foundation aims to conserve the natural habitat and country species of India.