CII’s first woman President, Shobana Kamineni, leads CEOs delegation

Shobana Kamineni and Shuchita Sonalika of CII

L-R: Shobana Kamineni elected as first woman President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with Shuchita Sonalika, Director & Head - UK, CII.

Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals, has been elected as the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry, the first woman in its 122 year history. She led the CEOs delegation to the UK from 26th -29th June 2017 and hosted the CII Reception at Banqueting House, Whitehall, on 27th June 2017. The event was attended by 400 guests from the Indian diaspora, British business community and members of the CII delegation in the presence of HE Y K Sinha, the High Commissioner of India to the UK.

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About Shobana Kamineni

Shobana Kamineni is the Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and a member of its founding family. Apollo Hospitals is the pioneer of private healthcare in India and is Asia’s foremost healthcare conglomerate

Championing Special Initiatives for over 7 years, Shobana had steered the organization’s emergence as a proponent of integrated healthcare in India. She continues to helm Apollo Global Projects Consultancy and the Research & Innovation divisions of the organization. She also heads Apollo Pharmacy, India’s largest pharmacy chain with a pan-India network of over 2500 stores, 19000 employees; it serves 3,00,000 customers a day. She is the founder and a Whole Time Director on the Board of Apollo Munich Health Insurance, acknowledged as India’s best specialized Health Insurance Company for 6 years, consecutively.

She is an Independent Director on the Boards of Blue Star Limited and Hero MotoCorp. Shobana also serves on the Advisory Council of the National Cadet Corps (NCC). She was an Advisor to CISCO India’s External Board.

An active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Shobana has been elected as President for the year 2017-18. She is the first woman to become the President of CII since it began in 1895.

In addition, Shobana is Vice-Chairperson of the KEI Group, a diversified logistics, leisure & infrastructure business founded with her husband.

Passionate about inculcating a culture of wellness, Shobana had championed the establishment of ‘Billion Hearts Beating’ – an NGO dedicated to educating fellow Indians about preventing heart disease and staying heart-healthy.

Shobana has been a recipient of prestigious national awards for Entrepreneurship and Leadership. She was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science by the prestigious Bryant University, USA, in recognition of her life’s work in healthcare & pharmaceuticals and her leadership role in business expansion in India.

About The Confederation of Indian Industry

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Founded in 1895, India’s premier business association has over 8,300 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 200,000 enterprises from around 250 national and regional sectoral industry bodies. With 66 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 10 overseas offices in Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 344 counterpart organizations in 129 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

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