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Arundhati Bhattacharya, 63

Independent director, Reliance Industries; Wipro; CRISIL; Piramal Enterprises; SWIFT India

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She is back with a bang after a one-year hiatus. Known as an astute banker and efficient administrator during her stint as chairman of State Bank of India, Bhattacharya makes a comeback on the back of an impressive list of private sector engagements she has taken up. She plays a vital role as an independent director on the boards of oil-to-yarn and telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries, IT major Wipro, credit rating agency CRISIL, pharmaceutical-to financial services and real estate business group Piramal Enterprises, and SWIFT India, the local arm of the global financial messaging platform. She is a part-time advisor to private equity giants like Warburg Pincus and Chrys Capital, consulting firm Bain & Co., law firm AZB & Partners, and Standard Chartered Bank.