Kalpana Morparia not new to awards and recognitions, says, “when an industry association or a media houses give you an award you feel good about it because they recognise and value your contribution but when a country confers an award on you it is so very special.
“This is a truly special recognition,” says Kalpana Morparia on being conferred the Padma Shri. Describing it as an emotional moment and in some sense also very humbling, Morparia not new to awards and recognitions, says, “when an industry association or a media houses give you an award you feel good about it because they recognise and value your contribution but when a country confers an award on you it is so very special. This is because there is an emotional bond that you feel with your country and this is second only to the bond you feel with God.”
She attributes her contributions and role more to the abilities that were enabled because of the great “platforms” that she got associated with. “I feel fortunate and blessed to have got two great platforms – One was ICICI, which I joined in 1975 and when I retired in 2008, it was a completed changed country with the ICICI story, in many ways, mimicking India’s development journey. Our goal was initially to finance Indian industry, then with liberalization, ICICI helped establish modern financial architecture in India whether it was creating Crisil, joined the National Stock Exchange as a promoter, becoming the first bank in Asia (outside Japan). ) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
For her, the other foundation was the opportunity she had at JP Morgan Chase, “now the most valuable bank in the world, and I spent 12 and a half years there. The JP Morgan platform aims to take India to the world and take the world to India and very few people get such an opportunity and one should not miss the fact that she has been able to work with iconic leaders like “Jamie Dimon”.
Morparia is currently a board member of four companies: Dr Reddy’s, Hindustan Unilever, HSBC Holdings and Phillips Morris International. She describes all four as great learning platforms.
Referring to the Financial Express online article in which GV Prasad, Co-Chairman and Managing Director of Dr. Reddy’s spoke about Morparia’s contributions, she said: “I have been with Dr. Reddy’s for 17 years . People really talk to me about my contributions, but I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with and learn from amazing people. For example, you also talked to Nachiket. He was a brilliant student and a top ranker at IIM, Ahmedabad and I always felt that I learned a lot from him right from the start.
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