Smt. Arundhati Bhattacharya has assumed the office as Chairperson of State Bank of India (Bank) on 7th October, 2013. She is the first Chairperson of the country’s largest Bank. She also has the distinction of being the first women Managing Director of the Bank. A Post Graduate alumnus from the Jadavpur University, West Bengal, Smt. Bhattacharya joined SBI in the year 1977 and since then has held various important portfolios. Before taking charge as Managing Director of the Bank, she was Managing Director & CEO of SBI’s investment banking arm, SBI Capital Markets Limited. Earlier, as Dy. Managing Director in SBI, she headed the largest Human Resources Department of the Banking Industry. In her extensive service in the Bank, she has had the opportunity of working in Metro, Urban and Rural areas across the length and breadth of the country. She has handled forex, treasury, retail operations, HR and investment banking portfolios and large Corporate Credit. As Chief General Manager (New Businesses), Smt. Bhattacharya was involved in setting up several new companies / initiatives of the Bank including SBI General Insurance, SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund, SBI-SG Global Securities Private Ltd., etc., as well as the launch of new IT platforms such as Mobile Banking and Financial Planning in the Bank. As Chief General Manager, Bengaluru Circle, she took keen interest in promoting Financial Inclusion and financing of Self Help Groups. She also had a stint in the Bank’s New York office where she was in charge of monitoring branch performance, overseeing External Audit and Correspondent Relations. Smt. Bhattacharya is also a Chairperson on the Board of various companies viz., State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore, SBI Global Factors Ltd., SBI Pension Funds Pvt. Ltd., SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd., SBI General Insurance Company Ltd. and Director on the Board of Export-Import Bank of India.