|Alice Vaidyan,, pic courtesy Bennet Coleman.|
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The year 2018 saw the exit of Indira Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsi (Indian origin but US citizen, a product of IIM Calcutta and Yale University, US) and the former CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochar and Shikha Sharma of Standard Chartered Bank.
Alice Vaidyan, a veteran of the global insurance industry brings with her 30 years of international insurance experience. She is the Chairman and Managing Director of $6.8 billion General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) spread over 160 countries of the world ..
Under her leadership, GIC rose from rank 14 globally to rank 10 and expanded operations to 160 countries across the world. GIC is the Government of India's second largest dividend payer at approx. INR 1200 crores ($200 million) for the year 2018.
Alice Vaidyan graduated in Chemistry from St. Josephs College Irinjalakuda, Kerala, completed her Post Graduation in English from SB College Changanassery, Kerala in 1983 and later got extensive training at the Harvard Business School, Boston in Strategy and Leadership.
Alice has three kids, all grownup and is a doting grandmother to a 8 month old boy. Her husband, Dr. M G Vaidyan, was the former Deputy Managing Director of India's largest state run bank, State Bank of India in Mumbai. Her parents Easaw Mathai (from SBI) and mother Thankamma Easaw, stay in Kochi, Kerala.