'You have three strikes against you', Aiyengar, who was born in India, recalled the interviewer telling her. 'How can I hire you ? You are the wrong gender, wrong color and wrong country'.
Aiyengar, now a Managing Director at JPMorgan, is seen as one of the rising stars within the firm’s M&A group, advising clients in sectors ranging from retail to industrials.
Over the past 15 years at JPMorgan, she has worked on around $200bn worth of transactions. Last year, she advised on such deals as auto parts retailer Advance Auto Parts Inc’s $2 billion purchase of General Parts International Inc, and office supply company Office Depot Inc's $1 billion acquisition of rival OfficeMax Inc. JPMorgan was ranked No. 2 in M&A deals by value globally last year.
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