Ms. Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director of India’s leading print media company HT Media Ltd., has been ranked among the top 50 women in world business by Financial Times. She is the ProChancellor of BITS-Pilani with effect from September 14th, 2008.
When Shobhana became a member of the Hindustan Times in the year 1986, she was the very first woman chief executive of a national newspaper and in all probability, also among the youngest. Shobhana Bhartia is regarded as one of the crucial people there who played a pivotal role in revamping the image of the Hindustan Times into a "bright and young paper". She has also raised India's standards of business journalism with Mint, a venture with the Wall Street Journal that mirrors the U.S. paper's mix of market news, corporate profiles, and lifestyle features.
Daughter of late K.K.Birla and an alumnus of Calcutta University, Ms.Bhartia is one of India’s leading and influential lady executives. She has been in the limelight throughout her career. She had been a member of the Rajya Sabha. Ms. Bhartia has won numerous accolades. She is the recepient of India's most respected title-Padma Shri. Her other achievements include National Press India Award (1992), Global Leader of Tomorrow award by the World Economic Forum (1996), Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (2001), Business Woman award in The Economic Times Corporate Excellence awards (2007).