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CS Preeti Malhotra, the first-ever female president of the ICSI

Jobaaj brings to you today, the story of CS Preeti Malhotra, an exceptional Indian businesswoman, Company Secretary, and the first-ever female president of the ICSI or Institute of company secretaries of India. Yup! It’s as cool as it sounds!

CS Preeti malhotra heads the Smart Group as its executive director and is also the founder-member of the global citizen forum which is a one-of-a-kind not-for-profit organization working towards creating One interconnected world—going beyond nationality, gender, religion, and boundaries.

Her achievements as the president of ICSI also prompt people to call her CS Preeti Malhotra the company secretary. (Talk about a cool nickname!)

Apart from all that, she is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and has experience of over 25 years of working in Corporate & Legal Affairs, Business Strategy, Strategic Alliances, and Joint Ventures, Corporate Communications and Project Management, etc.

All these achievements and her positions of power are a true testimonial to how women if inspired can achieve immeasurable heights of success. 

In fact, it is a fact that successful women have to bear the responsibility of inspiring all the other women who are denied the opportunities because of their genders and this is the reason that those women give it their 100% and work harder than anyone else to live up to the expectations of those they hope to inspire.

As a matter of fact, CS Preeti Malhotra stands up to this challenge by always giving her extra in every challenge. Subsequently, as the president of ICSI, she recently launched an e-learning system to assist students pursuing company secretary education in rural and remote areas. 

Though there are numerous milestones that she has covered, we shall first start with her journey up until now.

Early life and academic upbringing of CS Preeti Malhotra

Born on 9 April 1965, Preeti completed her schooling at the Convent of Jesus of Mary, New Delhi, in 1982 and subsequently graduated with honors with a degree of bachelor’s of commerce from Delhi University in 1985.

After that, She obtained her law degree from Delhi University in 1988, and subsequently, she obtained a degree in Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India(ICSI) in 1991.

By the age of 26, she had completed and gathered most of her academic acumen and was ready to take the corporate world by storm.

Moving ahead in the corporate world

After completing her CS degree in 1991, she kickstarted her professional career with Xerox Modicorp limited as the company secretary. 

Subsequently, she also became the company secretary for Modi Telstra Limited, Modi Federal Limited, Spice Communications, and the Director and company secretary of Spice Mobility Ltd.

It was finally in 2002 that she was elected as a member of the NIRC and became the first woman chairman of the NIRC. It was her first step towards inspiring women to achieve.

Later on, CS Preeti Malhotra was also elected as the central council member of the ICSI.

And finally, in 2007, she became the first-ever woman president of the ICSI.

At this point, you might be getting annoyed by our excessive use of the prefix CS with her name, but we insist upon giving her the respect that she deserves.

Noncorporate achievements

CS Preeti Malhotra has been an active contributor to various policies initiated by the government of India and she also advised the government in the drafting of the Limited Liability Partnership Law. 

Additionally, she is also a member of Dr. JJ Irani Committee, National Advisory Committee of Accounting Standards in India (NACAS), governing council of National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NFCG), Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.

Her accomplishments have been noted internationally as a result of which She was invited by OECD to speak at the Asian round Table Discussions on Corporate Governance in 2005 and 2006.

Milestones covered

To sum up, all the accomplishments of Preeti Malhotra in a single paragraph would be a tremendous task but we shall give it a shot.

Here are some of her achievements that we haven’t mentioned yet:

As the Chairperson of the ASSOCHAM National Council for Corporate Affairs, Corporate Governance, and Corporate Social Responsibility, she has instituted the

  • ASSOCHAM CSR EXCELLENCE AWARDS
  • ASSOCHAM Corporate Governance awards.

She was awarded the “Recognition of Excellence Award” for her Excellency from Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil (Hon’ble President of India) in 2009.

She was also awarded Bharat Nirman Talented Ladies Award in 2003 and the Vocational Service Excellence Award in 2009.

Pretty cool, right!

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