Jaya Vaidhyanathan: IT woman of the year

The Madras Manage-ment Association (MMA) awarded Jaya Vaidhyanathan, who
heads the Business Consulting Services (BCS) of HCL Technologies, as the
Outstanding Woman Manager of the year 2005 recently.

Having graduated from Cornell University, USA with an MBA and also a
chartered financial analyst, Vaidhyana-than started her career as a management
trainee in Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and in AT&T, New Jersey
before she joined the CIBC World Markets, New York as its investment banking
head, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions. It was in the year 2002
she conceptualized the idea of business consulting practice for HCL
Technologies. Today, the BCS division of HCL has specialized in compliance
consulting, process consulting and core strategy consulting.

"Initially, the practice was adopted in the New York branch of HCL and I
drafted the initial business plan and strategy for continuing this business
practice. Having worked for one year in the New York branch, I joined the
business consulting services division of HCL Technologies in India as its
head," said Vaidhyanathan.

Speaking about the award, she said, "Awards are like stepping stones to
success. The award from MMA is a great honor for me, which means that it would
motivate me to propel greater heights in my professional life in the years

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