Breaking The Glass Ceiling: Why Anshula Kant Cannot Stop Thanking SBI & Her Family
In A Man's World
State Bank of India's (SBI) Managing director (MD), Anshula Kant is all set to take up the office of the MD and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the World Bank. She is also the first woman CFO of the bank. In her professional capacity, Kant will be responsible for financial and risk management of the World Bank Group, and will report to President David Malpass. She brings with her 35 years of expertise in finance, banking, and innovative use of technology.
Born on September 7, 1960, Kant graduated in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and later pursued a post-graduation in Economics from Delhi School of Economics. She is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers in 1990. She started her career with SBI in 1983 as a Probationary Officer. An interesting fact to note is that when she had joined SBI, she was told, "Beyond part 1 and part 2 there is a part 3 in our banking exams, that was dealing with unions and pleasing bosses to manage promotions and transfers. However, throughout my experience I have felt that these were all myths.”
All About Family
Anshula Kant is married and is blessed with two children, a son and a daughter. Her husband who is a Chartered Accountant, works out of Varanasi. Their son, Siddharth is settled in New York and daughter Nupur is based out of New York. She beliieves that he family and the SBI's residential colonies have been her biggest support systems. She cannot imagine how she would be able to manage things without their contribution, it is because of them that she has been able to pursue her career and rear her children. But more than that, what gave her the impetus was the fact that working for a state-owned undertaking was not as bad as people make it out to be.
Life At SBI
Anshula Kant manages USD 38 billion of revenues and total assets of USD 500 billion as the CFO of SBI. She holds the direct responsibility for the bank's Risk, Compliance, and Stressed Asset Portfolio. She has held several positions across the organisation and helped in stewarding trough an array of leadership challenges. She also served as the CEO of the Singapore unit of the bank and. She held together very well and did a commendable job during the demonetisation period.