Chanda Kochhar: The Retail Banker

In a career which extends to over three decades, Chanda Kochhar, has been instrumental in the success of ICICI Bank and it becoming the ‘Best Retail Bank in India’. Forbes ranked the Managing Director and CEO 20th in the 2013 list of the most powerful women in business.

Her rise through the ranks in India’s largest private bank has been spectacular. Starting as a management trainee in 1984, to General Manager in 1998 where she handled relationships with ICICI’s top 200 clients. In 1999 Kocchar took controll of the Strategy and E-commerce divisions of ICICI then in July 2000, under her leadership, ICICI bank started the Retail business.

In April 2001, she took over as Executive Director, heading the in ICICI Bank. In April 2006, Kochhar was appointed as Deputy Managing Director of ICICI Bank and then CEO and MD in May 2009.


When and where was Kochar born?

November 17 1966, Jodhpur Rajasthan and raised in Jaipur.  


– Kochhar is an alumnus of St. Angela Sophia School, Jaipur.

– She graduated with a BA degree from Jai Hind College, Mumbai in 1982

– Cost Accountancy ICWAI

– Master’s Degree in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

Marriage and children:

She is married to Deepak Kochhar, a wind energy entrepreneur and her business school mate. They have two children, a son and a daughter.


– She received the Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies and the J N Bose Gold Medal in Cost Accountancy for highest marks in the same year.

Retail Banker of the Year 2004 (Asia-Pacific region) by the Asian Banker

Business Woman of the Year 2005 by The Economic Times and

Rising Star Award for Global Awards 2006 by Retail Banker International.

ASSOCHAM Ladies League Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award 2014.

– Kochhar is honoured with Padma Bhushan Award, in 2010, for her services to banking sector.

– Kochhar was also awarded the ABLF Woman of Power Award (India) in 2011 at the Asian Business Leadership Forum Awards.


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