Vijaya Sampath has been a lawyer for over 35 years. She is an Independent Director on the Board of listed and unlisted companies in the housing finance, renewable energy, branded luggage, power and auto component sectors. Two of these companies (non- listed) are Japanese joint ventures with Larsen & Toubro. She is also the Ombudsperson for the Bharti group with oversight of the code of conduct.
Since 2000, she was a Partner in J Sagar Associates, a full service National Law firm. From January 2004 until her retirement in March 2012, she was the Global Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for the USD 15 billion Bharti Airtel group. From 2012 until 2017, she was a senior partner in the corporate law practice of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, attorneys. She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. She is also the Chairperson of the corporate law committee in FICCI and works with industry on regulation and policy relating to company law..