SBI Chief among Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders of the world

Arundhati Bhattacharya

State Bank of India (SBI) Chief Arundhati Bhattacharya and Indian-origin physician Raj Panjabi are named among the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine for transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.

While Bhattacharya, Chairman of India’s largest bank and the first-ever woman to do so, has been ranked 26th on the list, Panjabi, founder and chief executive officer of Last Mile Health, is placed on  the 28th spot.

The Fortune list has been topped by President of Baseball Operations at Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein, followed by Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma on the second spot, Pope Francis (3), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cochair Melinda Gates (4) and Amazon Founder and chief executive officer Jeff Bezos (5).

“Arundhati Bhattacharya has expertly steered SBI through “rough waters (an ongoing battle with bad loans) and sudden storms (India’s surprise demonetisation scheme). She’s been transformative, too dragging the sprawling, 211-year old institution into the digital era and overhauling human resources for her over 200,000 employees,” said Fortune.

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