Arundhati Bhattacharya is the chairperson of SBI but before that she is a person with ability, excellence, integrity and one who has the power to deal with the entire situation in the banking sector. Here are some facts you should know about the SBI chief.
1. Arundhati Bhattacharya is the 24th chairman of the largest centrally-owned Indian bank, SBI, and the first woman to lead the bank.
She succeeded Pratip Chaudhuri as Chairperson.
2. Born to a Bengali Hindu Kulin family in Kolkata, she spent her childhood in Bhilai where her father, Prodyut Kumar Mukherjee, worked at Bhilai Steel Plant. Her mother, Kalyani Mukherjee, was a homeopathy consultant in Bokaro.
Bhattacharya completed her schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Bokaro and joined SBI in 1977 as probationary officer when she was 22 years old. In her own words:
I wasn’t good in academics till Class 5. My grades improved once I got admission in St Xavier’s school in Bokaro.
3. Bhattacharya who accidentally happened to become a banker, has successfully laid the foundation of three new businesses – general insurance, infrastructure fund and custodial.
4. Bhattacharya often counsels people who are loath to take up transfers.
Because she has worked in different states including Kolkata, Lucknow, Bangalore and New York, she says transfers actually enable employees to face some synthetic challenges. The lady herself enjoys transfers because, according to her, a transfer keeps boredom away.
5. Being a student of English literature, Bhattacharya always wanted to become writer and hence books hold a special corner in her heart.
Despite of her busy schedule, she takes out time to read books and prefers books which are based on the empowerment of women. She refers to herself as voracious reader, who ends up reading one or two books at a time.
6. Bhattacharya dealt with some defaulters, like Hotel Leela and Bharati Shipyard, by selling them to asset reconstruction companies.
The message which she gave to the defaulters was: either come to the table and negotiate or deal with the recovery companies.
7. Her most appreciable works include introducing a two-year sabbatical policy for women employees for child and elder care.
In addition to this, Bhattacharya also wants to introduce free vaccination against cervical cancer to all her women employees.
8. Arundhati Bhattacharya was listed as the 4th most powerful woman in Asia Pacific by ‘Fortune’ and as the 30th most powerful woman in the world by ‘Forbes’.
In addition to this, her name was also included in FP Top 100 Global Thinkers by ‘Foreign Policy’ magazine.
9. Arundhati Bhattacharya is married to Pritimoy Bhattacharya, a former IIT Kharagpur professor.
The couple is blessed with a daughter, Sukrita, who is now 19.