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“Dream big, remain focused,” says Jaya Vaidhyanathan of Bahwan CyberTek

Jaya Vaidhyanathan, President – BFSI and Strategic Business Initiatives, Bahwan CyberTek.
Jaya Vaidhyanathan, President – BFSI and Strategic Business Initiatives, Bahwan CyberTek.

There are no shortcuts to success; but when it comes to women they have to work twice as harder to prove themselves. In an email interaction with Karma Negi of The Red Mark Jaya Vaidhyanathan, President – BFSI and Strategic Business Initiatives, Bahwan CyberTek, stresses how women need to keep focused and stay the course despite challenges.

Professional journey

I did my undergrad in engineering and MBA from Cornell University. I am also a CFA Charter holder. I started out with a career in investment banking in New York, moved into Management Consulting as a Partner with Accenture and then in senior management roles straddling banking and technology. I then moved on to the position of Executive Vice President with Standard Chartered Bank and currently as a President with Bahwan Cybertek.

Breaking the glass ceiling

There are no shortcuts to success; it does feel like you have to work twice as harder. Women need to keep focused and stay the course despite challenges.

As a technology leader

The technology industry is dynamic and the rate of obsolescence is high. It is absolutely necessary to keep reinventing yourself, in order to stay on top.

Support

I got to where I am today with the help of the excellent support from my parents. They contributed immensely to taking care of the home during my extensive business travel schedules.

Hard work or luck

It is a combination of a lot of hard work, and the right opportunities at the right time.

Pearls of wisdom

Dream big, remain focused, stay on the course despite challenges, make yourself a priority too, network and negotiate well.

Hurdles

The biological clock and the career clock are in constant conflict. As women, we want to be super humans and be the best at everything we do – as a daughter, a mother, a wife, an office worker, a home keeper etc. This needs a lot of prioritization and time management and results in stress and dropped priorities. We will need to delegate better and network better.

Best time for women entrepreneurs?

I certainly do! There are a lot of investments happening and the era of disruptive innovation is gender neutral.

Plans for the company

Continue to innovate, create disruptively innovative products, make products locally and market them globally.

Top bets for 2017

  • Planned AQR in 2017 (originally planned for Mar 17 but may be pushed due to demonetisation) and provisioning by banks in the first two-quarters will reveal the extent of stress in the banking sector (particularly corporate book)
  • Continued adoption of new technologies like blockchain, robotics
  • New entrants like Airtel will continue to disrupt the payments/deposit space
  • GST roll out will have a significant impact on the systems/data flow of corporate customers. Banks will need to integrate but will also have access to more quality data

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