After her bachelors in Computer engineering, Jaya Vaidhyanathan did her MBA because she was interested in building businesses. She started her career as an investment banker on Wall Street. “I began working in a male dominated and unapologetically gender biased workplace. I had a child and my colleagues called it ‘career suicide’. But I did well because I knew technology, which gave me the edge,” she says.
She specialised in M&As across technology, telecom, and utilities verticals. She went on to head HCL’s large deals business and won their first massive deal of $780 million. She was in Accenture as a managing partner. In 2009, she decided to work for Standard Chartered in India to be with her family. This introduced her to the banking sector