Some of the projects Anita is currently working on include a supply chain management programmeme, enhancing business intelligence capability for dynamic decision support, driving efficiency in capital projects, and leveraging big data to help understand patterns and forecasting.
An industry peer of Anita’s has said that, “She tackles every project with passion, excitement and a commitment to delivering the most successful solution for the company. She is a trailblazer who looks to break down barriers that can sometimes exist in large institutions that can slow down their development, and is well respected by her peers and partners given her expansive knowledge base, innovativeness, experience and approach.”
Before entering corporate life, Anita was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics, an MBA in Management Information Systems (MIS), and a PhD in Finance and International Business. After leaving academia Anita became the Treasury Manager, Capital Markets at Lam Research before moving to become the Vice President, Treasury and Tax, at LSI Logic Corporation. In this role Anita provided leadership in designing effective balance sheet structuring, manufacturing strategy and pricing policy, stock buyback programmes, currency and interest rate risk management, M&A, domestic and off-shore portfolio management, venture portfolio, and international tax structuring.
Anita describes her core values as follows:
Honesty, integrity and truth
– “in what I do, how I do it and how I conduct myself.”
Having passion for the role
– “I truly believe that passion for what you do is critical; if you don’t enjoy what you do and don’t feel a connection and passion then no matter how hard you work, you can’t make a difference and have a lasting impact.”
The importance of mentoring
– “I am indebted to various mentors in my personal and professional life and I feel that the best way to thank them is to mentor and help others around me.”
– “by being a coach in the truest sense of the word.”
Bringing the best out of individuals
– “I believe that a building and leading high-performance teams is like creating a mosaic with diverse and complementary skills and then bringing out the best in each while working towards a common goal.”
Enjoying new challenges
– “I am more of big-picture strategic thinker who loves new challenges.”
On a more personal front, Anita was born in India, spent the early part of her life in India and Abu Dhabi before moving to the US, where she has lived in the south, north-east, mid-west, and now the west coast. However, London is her favourite city in the world. She is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the independent school that her sons attend. She loves the ‘giving’ spirit that all Microsoft employees reflect, starting with their founder Bill Gates, and she strives to do her part by supporting wildlife preservation, education for the less fortunate, and the Shankara Eye foundation, which provides the gift of sight to those who can’t afford medical care.
The value of education and hard work was instilled from an early age by her parents and Anita now approaches life with the motto “Dream big and set goals high.” It is her view that anything can be achieved if one sets their mind to it, so even if only 60% of a high goal is achieved, this is greater than achieving 100% of a lesser goal.
When Anita was informed of our judges’ decision she responded as follows:
“I am truly humbled and honoured that someone from my team would recommend me for this recognition. Whoever is responsible did not consult with me; I am sure he or she knows that I would have talked them out of this submission. Honestly, when I look around me and see what several of my female colleagues have achieved across treasury and finance at various corporates it inspires me to be a better person, professional and leader.”
“I have been truly fortunate to work with a leader like George Zinn, CVP and Treasurer at Microsoft, who is a great role model and coach; he gives me the freedom to be creative and drive impactful business results,” she adds.