Five Indian-origin executives in ‘100 Most Influential Women in US Finance’ list

Barron's list "honors women who have achieved positions of prominence in the financial services industry and are helping to shape its future."

American magazine Barron’s recently published a list of the 100 most influential women in finance in the US. The list features five Indian-origin women.

According to the magazine the list “honors women who have achieved positions of prominence in the financial services industry and are helping to shape its future.”

The five Indian-origin women are:

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Anu Aiyengar – Anu Aiyengar is the global head of M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) at J.P. Morgan. She was appointed to this position in January this year. India-born financial professional completed her BA in Economics from Smith College. She also has an MBA from Vanderbilt University. She has “credited her love of number crunching, legal contracts, and building client relationships for bringing her to the mergers-and-acquisitions sphere”.

Rupal J. Bhansali – Rupal J. Bhansali is the Chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Ariel Investments’ global equity strategies. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce in accounting and finance and a Master of Commerce in international finance and banking from the University of Mumbai. She also has an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester and is fluent in several Indian languages including Hindi.

Sonal Desai – Sonal Desai, Ph.D. is the executive vice president and chief investment officer for Franklin Templeton Fixed Income. In 2018 Dr. Desai became chief investment officer at Franklin Templeton global investment fund and created history by becoming the first woman to hold that position. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Delhi University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Meena Flynn – Meena Flynn is co-head of global private wealth management at Goldman Sachs Group. She also co-chairs their global inclusion and diversity committee. She was a gymnast who wanted to compete in the Olympics. A sports injury moved her into the world of finance as she had to stay at George Washington University one summer to rehabilitate her knee. She did an internship at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, working on the institutional equity sales desk and there was no looking back.

Savita Subramanian (Barron’s – Courtesy Bank of America)

Savita Subramanian – Savita Subramanian is Bank of America Securities’ head of U.S. equity and quantitative strategy, the renamed investment-banking successor to Merrill Lynch. She is also head of environmental, social, and governance research. Born in the US, Ms Subramanian has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. She also has an M.B.A. from Columbia University.