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Roshni Nadar

Chairperson, HCL Technologies

Roshni Nadar Malhotra is said to live and breathe HCL technologies — hardly surprising given she's the chair of the company and the daughter of the founder.

In July, Roshni Nadar Malhotra succeeded her father, Shiv Nadar, as chairperson of the $10 billion IT services company HCL Technologies. The move marked the first time a woman has led a listed IT company in India.

Nadar was not new to HCL. As well as her family connection, she had previously held a number of roles within the business, including executive director and CEO of HCL Corp., HCL Technologies' holding company.

Nadar is taking over a company of huge scale. The company operates in 49 countries worldwide and provides enterprise-level IT products, services, and engineering at enterprise level to 250 of Fortune 500 companies.

It is not clear how, if at all, Nadar’s appointment will affect HCL’s future business. Her father will remain as chief strategy officer and the company is expected to continue its shift from its focus on engineering services and more toward products and IP.