Meet Jaya Verma Sinha, the first woman CEO of 166-year-old Railway Board

Jaya Verma Sinha has been appointed as the first woman CEO and Chairperson of the Railway Board, the top decision-making body for the Indian Railways.

In her new role, Sinha, who succeeds Anil Kumar Lahoti, will be responsible for overseeing the overall transportation of freight and passenger services.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, she held the post of Additional Member of Traffic Transportation on the Railway Board.

Sinha's journey with the Indian Railways began in 1988 when she joined as an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer. 

Over the course of her 35-year career, she has served in various capacities, including operations, information technology, commercial, and vigilance.

She was also the first woman to be appointed as the Principal Chief Operations Manager of South Eastern Railway.

As Jaya Verma Sinha prepares to lead, her appointment not only underscores her exceptional capabilities but also exemplifies the growing recognition of gender diversity and inclusivity in leadership within India's railways.