Categories & Nominees

Outstanding Start Up

A pioneering enterprise which has demonstrated an outstanding ability to carve out a distinctive niche for itself within the first five years of its existence and also established a strong, sustainable platform for future growth that includes its leadership pipeline, business model and innovation capability.

Eligibility Criteria

The CEO of a company that has a turnover of at least Rs 100 crore and has been in business for four to seven years. The enterprise has carved a niche for itself with a strong, sustainable platform for future growth. It has a robust business model that has created waves in the business.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. Amith Agarwal,
    (Co-founder and Executive Director, StarAgri)
  2. Jaspreet Singh,
    (Co-founder and CEO, Druva)
  3. Kunal Bahl,
    (Co-founder and CEO, Snapdeal)
  4. Naveen Tewari,
    (Founder and CEO, InMobi)
  5. Suresh Soni,
    (Founder, Chairman and CEO, Nova Medical Centers)

Nextgen Entrepreneur for the Year

An entrepreneur who has displayed the dynamism to revitalize an existing enterprise, and in the process, redefined the rules of business and prepared the enterprise for a whole new vector of growth.

Eligibility Criteria

A leader who has transformed an enterprise through an innovative approach (either in technology, product, business model). The business should have a minimum turnover of Rs 1,000 Crore. The CEO could either be a founder who has taken the business to a newer orbit or a GenNext entrepreneur who has changed gears for an existing family-owned business.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. Devendra Shah,
    (Chairman, Parag Milk Foods)
  2. Rahul Sharma,
    (Co-founder & CEO, Micromax)
  3. Ramesh Juneja,
    (Founder, Mankind Pharma)
  4. Sachin and Binny Bansal,
    (Co-founders, Flipkart)
  5. Yogesh Mahansaria,
    (Founder and Promoter, Alliance Tire Group)

Best CEO - Public Sector

The head of a public sector organization who was shown the strategic foresight and leadership to deliver superior performance over the past three years, in effectively managing all key stakeholders and preparing the organization for the next phase of growth, and in the process, helped transform the current organization.

Eligibility Criteria

CEO/Head of a Public Sector company with a minimum turnover of Rs 1,000 crore. The person must have demonstrated ways to mesh strategic needs of the country with profits for the enterprise.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. Arup Roy Choudhury,
    (CMD, NTPC)
  2. BC Tripathi,
    (CMD, GAIL)
  3. Rear Adm (Retd) RK Shrawat,
    (CMD, Mazagon Dock)
  4. RN Nayak,
    (CMD, Power Grid)
  5. S Varadarajan,
    (CMD, Bharat Petroleum)

Best CEO - Private Sector

The head of a private sector organization who was shown the strategic foresight and leadership to deliver superior performance over the past three years, effectively managed all key stakeholders and prepared the organization for the next phase of growth, and in the process, helped transform the current organization.

Eligibility Criteria

CEO of a company with a turnover of at least Rs 2,000 crore, with at least two years at the helm. The ability to harness talent, to lead a diverse team and to build a leadership pipeline in the company.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. CP Gurnani,
    (Managing Director and CEO, Tech Mahindra)
  2. Himanshu Kapania,
    (Managing Director, Idea Cellular)
  3. Romesh Sobti,
    (Managing Director and CEO, IndusInd Bank)
  4. Shikha Sharma,
    (Managing Director and CEO, Axis Bank)
  5. TK Kurien,
    (CEO and Executive Director, Wipro)

Best CEO - Multinational

This award is to recognize CEO of a multinational company who has successfully used the Indian market as a test bed for significant emerging market innovation and has in the process discovered a whole new way of doing business.

Eligibility Criteria

Leader of organization with a global annual turnover of at least Rs 5,000 crore. The business the CEO leads has a significant impact on the MNC's global business. The CEO would have created innovative ways of doing business in India, some of which have been taken to other markets overseas.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. Bazmi Husain,
    (Country manager and managing director, ABB India)
  2. Keita Muramatsu,
    (President and CEO, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India)
  3. Marten Pieters,
    (MD & CEO, Vodafone India Limited)
  4. Vipin Sondhi,
    (CEO and managing director, JCB India)
  5. Uday Shankar,
    (CEO, Star India)

Woman Leader for the Year

A person who has led a major business organization with distinction and has developed a track record that has made her a role model for women executives across the industry.

Eligibility Criteria

Leader of a business organization with international stature. She has played larger leadership roles on industry bodies and been instrumental in shaping a policy of inclusion within the organization.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. Aruna Jayanthi,
    (CEO, Capgemini India)
  2. Preetha Reddy,
    (Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals)
  3. Renu Sud Karnad,
    (Managing Director, HDFC Ltd)
  4. Roopa Kudva,
    (Managing Director and CEO, Crisil)
  5. Shobhana Bhartia,
    (Chairperson and Editorial Director, HT Media)

Entrepreneur with Social Impact

This award recognizes the most innovative social entrepreneur who has combined passion and entrepreneurial chutzpah to bring dramatic solutions to a major social issue in India.

Eligibility Criteria

Leader of an entrepreneurial organisation with a significant contribution to society. Must have been in the business for at least five years and have a sustainable model.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. Chandrashekhar Ghosh,
    (Founder, Bandhan Financial Services)
  2. Chetna Sinha,
    (Chairperson and Founder, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank)
  3. Haresh Hande,
    (Founder and MD, SELCO Solar)
  4. Murali Vullaganti,
    (Co-founder & CEO, RuralShores)
  5. Ramesh Ramanathan,
    (Chairman, Janalakshmi Financial Services)

Entrepreneur for the Year

An outstanding individual who has set new benchmarks of sustained superior performance and transformational leadership backed by innate risk-taking ability, the discovery of new horizons of growth and the building of new organizational capabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

A top-notch professional, who has also founded and built a world-class enterprise. Has demonstrated consistent performance and the abiltity to attract talent and retain it. A market presence of 10 years and turnover of at least Rs 5,000 crore. Has a pioneering approach to the business, and is trusted industry wide. Has carved out a succesful growth strategy in a competitive market. Has very strong corporate governance norms. Has put in place a succession plan for the enterprise to thrive after him.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. Ajay Piramal,
    (Chairman, Piramal Group)
  2. Dilip Shanghvi,
    (Managing director, Sun Pharma)
  3. Pawan Munjal,
    (Managing director & CEO, Hero MotoCorp)
  4. R Thyagarajan,
    (Co-founder, Shriram Group)
  5. Sunil Bharti Mittal,
    (Founder and chairman, Bharti Enterprises)

Lifetime Achievement

This award recognizes an extraordinary individual whose leadership skills have had a profound impact in building an enduring enterprise with a deep beneficial impact on the wider community and society. Also, this is to recognize his contribution in pushing India Inc to improve standards and also raise its profile in the international arena.

Eligibility Criteria

An eminent person who leads an organization and has over the years gained international stature. The nominee must have built an institution with enduring values as well as championed larger causes for Indian business. They should also have played a stellar role in setting policy framework for business.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. Biki Oberoi,
    (Executive Chairman, EIH Limited)
  2. Deepak Parekh,
    (Chairman, HDFC Group)
  3. MV Subbiah,
    (Murugappa group)
  4. Prathap C Reddy,
    (Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group)
  5. Shiv Nadar,
    (Chairman, HCL Technologies)

Conscious Capitalist for the Year

This award recognizes a company which operates with a higher organizational purpose beyond just maximizing profits. It is focused on aligning and harmonizing the interests of multiple stakeholders - customers, employees, partners, industry participants, investors, the community and the environment. It is led by a team of conscious leaders who are aware of their deeper purpose, are obsessed with harmonizing the interests of multiple stakeholder orientation, and are able to successfully balance doing well and doing good.

Eligibility Criteria

CEO of an organization with an annual turnover of at least Rs1,000 crore. The organisation must have demonstrated a higher purpose, apart from profit maximization. This should be evident in the way the company deals with all its five stakeholders - employees, customers, suppliers, the community and shareholders.

The Nominees for 2014:
  1. Godrej Consumer Products Ltd
  2. Marico Industries
  3. Shriram Transport Finance
  4. Titan Company Ltd
  5. Wipro Technologies