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HELLO! 100 Most Influential: Preetha Reddy

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Nayare Ali

Why she matters: Known for her authenticity and empathy towards patients, the Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals has played an integral role in steering the group towards greater success. Her son Karthik Reddy and daughter-in-law Ishani Vellodi share insights into the woman behind one of India’s biggest healthcare groups.

HELLO!: Karthik, do you work closely with your mother? What kind of a boss does she make?

Karthik Reddy: “I’ve worked closely with my mother in multiple roles at Apollo over time. As a boss, she’s someone who listens to what others have to say, gives constructive feedback, and makes everyone feel like they are a part of the larger Apollo family.”

H!: What makes her so successful?

KR: “For my mother, the patient is central to her every decision. She’s also calm, steadfast yet composed even in the most complicated or challenging of situations.”

H!: What is her role at the Apollo Group?

KR: “While my mother currently serves as the Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals, she has dedicated her entire career into shaping Apollo into the organisation it is today, with the infrastructure and ethos that allows the delivery of best-in-class patient outcomes.”

H!: Tell us the qualities you greatly admire in your mum.

Ishani Vellodi Reddy: “She prioritises everyone’s well-being above all. Within the family, her sense of love and duty is incomparable.”

KR: “Her honesty and integrity are second to none. That’s how she’s built so much trust among all the stakeholders in the Apollo ecosystem.”

H!: When you travel together, what do you enjoy doing as a family?

IVR: “Her grandchildren are the loves of her life, so simple things that include them. This may mean a nice lunch, going to a park, or just ordering in. Our older son and Mummy love to have sleepovers and often have their own plans. They once went to a pottery café and brought home things like a jug, plates, and even a dragon piggy bank that they had painted together!”

H!: What are her interests outside her workspace?

KR & IVR: “Her interests include visual arts, handlooms, culinary arts, architecture and things of beautiful craftsmanship and creativity, rooted in heritage. She has a keen eye and is incredibly creative herself, with a strong sense of respect for culture and tradition.”

H!: Any fond memories you can share?

IVR: “The first time Mummy and I spent time alone together. I still lived in New York, and she happened to be there for work. We were meant to have dinner, so I met her straight from work (slightly nervous!) and suggested a few dining options. Unexpectedly, she said, ‘Why don’t we just pick up some food and relax at your apartment?’ With just that, she put my nerves at ease and instantly set the tone for our dynamic to be one of affection and approachability.”

KR: “When I was young, I used to spend a lot of time in her office. On one occasion, I could tell she was upset, which made me a little angry. But she explained to me that at work, no one is right or wrong. People may have different views, so it’s important to listen rather than react. As a 10-year-old, I didn’t fully understand this, but looking back, these moments shaped me.”

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