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Vanitha Narayanan, 59

Chairman, IBM India (until Jan. 2018); currently, MD, Verizon Global Account, IBM Global Markets

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Earlier this year, Narayanan returned to the U.S. after about nine years in India across leadership positions at IBM. Under Narayanan, India became one of the fastest growing markets for IBM. “You have to build a platform and context that all the stakeholders with different priorities and backgrounds find relevant,” she says. She now deftly navigates her new role as managing director for the Verizon account as part of IBM Global Markets. Narayanan played a critical role in providing strategic insights to the NITI Aayog in framing policies for making students industry-ready

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