A lot has been said on women’s representation in the technology sector over the past number of years. While the number is increasing, and at an industry level there are many initiatives and groups in place to ensure that women’s voices are heard and supported throughout their career, recent reports also show that gender equality in tech has a long way to go and the crusade for it continues. CXOToday speaks to Jaya Vaidhyanathan, President, Bahwan CyberTek, a technology evangelist, who has won multiple awards and accolades. We find out her story as well as the road ahead for women in tech.
CXOToday: Can you tell us about your professional journey? What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Jaya Vaidhyanathan: I have over two decades of international experience in leading organizations and driving a whole gamut of functions – I hold a lot of experience in Technology, Corp Finance, M&A and Risk management and product development arenas. I have prior experience as the Executive Vice President at Standard Chartered Bank leading the business operations for managing technology and strategic transformation of the Bank; there I managed a team of 10000 plus people across Wholesale Banking, Consumer Banking, Core banking and group functions. I was a Managing Partner with Accenture leading their consulting and financial services businesses. I have also handled larger global projects, including multi-billion-dollar portfolios of several Fortune 100 companies generating revenues of over $300 million. I have extensive work experience in Wall Street Investment Banking and specialized in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions.