Harshbeena Zaveri ’82
Managing Director & President, NRB Bearings Limited

Harshbeena Zaveri
Harshbeena Sahney Zaveri ’82 is the Managing Director & President of NRB Bearings Limited. She graduated with freshman distinction and as a Wellesley Scholar with honors in Urban Studies and Anthropology from Wellesley College, and is focused on achieving Wellesley’s vision of educating and developing women leaders.

Under her leadership NRB Bearings Limited was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of Asia’s Best 200 companies under US $ 1 Billion in the year 2007. She joined NRB as a trainee in 1987 and rose to become the Managing Director of NRB Bearings Limited in 2001. As President of NRB Bearings Limited, Harshbeena spearheaded NRB’s foray into Design Engineering and R & D which enabled NRB to become a supplier to the world’s foremost automotive companies such as Mercedes, Volvo and Daimler apart from leading Indian Automotive companies. She is Chairperson of the Board of SNL Bearings Limited; she currently serves as a Board member at Karam Chand Thapar & Bros (Coal Sales) Ltd and was earlier on the Board of IL&FS Asset Management Company Limited.

•          Fortune India ranked her amongst the 15 “Most Powerful Women Leaders in India” (November 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

•          India Today named Harshbeena among the 25 Most Influential Women Professionals in India

•          Business Today named her amongst the “50 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business”  

•          Awarded The Leading Woman in Manufacturing Sector by Women in Leadership Forum

•          Named Innovator of the Year (Manufacturing) in 2013 by the International Women’s Leadership Forum, which is co-sponsored by Ernst and Young

•          Co-Chaired the Indo-UK Summit sponsored by Prime Minister Cameroon and the City of Liverpool

•          She was invited to present NRB as a case study of innovation at IMD Business School’s Innovation Forum: “The Hunt for New Ideas”, a joint program between IMD and MIT Sloan

Harshbeena accompanied the Hon’ble President of India on his Mission to Sweden on June 2, 2015 where she delivered a presentation on Innovate, Make and Grow with India. She is committed to education, particularly for underserved communities and women and has served as a Vice Chairman on the Board of Bombay International School. She is the only woman founder of the Ashoka University, the first liberal arts university in India.