Harmeen Mehta, Global CIO
In my career, starting with Airlines, then moving on to Investment Banking and now working in Telecom, one thing that I learnt is that technology, when used correctly, can help change the face of the business and give it a true competitive edge in the market.
I have successfully worked globally across locations such as Hong Kong, Germany, Australia, London, India, and Spain in various leadership positions.
As a global CIO and director of engineering at Bharti Airtel, I am responsible for providing overall leadership and strategy to the IT function.
I am driving the digitization transformation for the company and am credited with launching My Airtel app.
Airtel’s Support System
At the time of maternity leave, organizations generally feel that they are going to lose the person for six or nine months.
But our career span is of around 30 years. And even if you go on a maternity leave twice, six months out of that is no big deal. That’s a trick many of us miss, which I believe is making the real difference. Airtel has taken measures to ensure that women continue to be a part of the workforce even after they become mothers.
We run a day care (for the children of employees), which has made such a huge difference.
Wisdom for working women
Aruna Pidikiti, Hub CTO, South and East
The 16 fruitful years with Airtel have been really exciting.I have witnessed growth from working in close quarters with a small team to having over 25,000 employees worldwide.Having the skill set of managing an ISP set-up, I joined Mantra Online as a DGM in 2000.Over the years, I have worked in various profiles and divisions. I started with Mantra Online, went on to head Data Operations of Bharti Infotel, became the head of Network Operation Center (NOC) of Transport Network Group, then moved from wireline technology to mobile technology in 2010 to become the AP circle’s CTO, and in 2013 became the Hub CTO for South and East.
Airtel’s Support System
Airtel support system for women has grown as the company grew.Work from home, flexible working hours, and day care has made work life more manageable for career-oriented mothers.The openness in culture is really refreshing and all my male colleagues have been pro-women and very supportive.
Wisdom for Working Women
My advice to working women is to never get bogged down by work-life pressures. Set your own priorities and keep adapting to various situations. Never feel that family responsibilities in addition to work commitments can hold you back. It’s a fine balance one needs to achieve. With an appropriate mix of passion, commitment, and prioritisation, you can do it all!