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Why tech is the best work domain for women
1. What do you think is the biggest reason that there are not many women technology leaders in India?
VP – HR Systems Information Process Organization of Schneider Electric
1. How easy or difficult is it for women to rule the technology space?
There are many women in technology these days, but are the numbers adequate? Perhaps not, but they are growing. And there is enough critical mass of women to ensure an organic emergence of leaders from this pool.
As with most corporate roles, the fight for the leadership position is on the basis of merit. Women are competent – functionally, technically, emotionally and behaviourally to succeed.
On one end of the spectrum, you have companies that realise the value of having women lead complex projects and ensure a collaborative approach in an otherwise acrimonious or aggressive environment. At the other end of the spectrum, women still struggle to find their place or be confident about who they are professionally. They are good at what they do, but don’t necessarily have an executive presence. They need support and mentorship.
The latter situation is more prominent and widespread. It’s up to the leadership of the company to set the right context to nurture women leaders in technology. At Schneider the technology leadership team is very diverse across gender, ethnicities and education and it sets the tone for the subsequent levels in the organisation.
Director - Home and Business Network, IT Business of Schneider Electric
Leading by example
1. Please describe your career journey.
My career journey began as a Control System Engineer at Bosch where I worked for over a dozen year. I then moved to GE Global Research and Technology Center and after a stint of 3 successful years with the organisation, I got associated with Honeywell. At Honeywell, I led the Program Management teams and an Engineering Center of Excellence.
I am extremely glad and excited to be part of Schneider Electric now.
2. What are your plans for the company for the next five years?
I think the plans can be categorised under three segments:
• Nurturing talent
• Driving innovation
• Growing business