A. VAIDHEESH, Managing Director, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
A. Vaidheesh is VP, South Asia & Managing Director, India, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Vaidheesh is a successful senior business leader with over 28 years of diverse experience in the healthcare and FMCG domains. He has a strong track record of leadership development and building leading brands/franchises across various categories and multi-cultural locations in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior that, he was MD of Johnson & Johnson Medical India (JJMI) and VP, Asia-Pacific- Diabetes franchise for five years. Vaidheesh is a Bachelor of Physics, from Madras University and has done his Master’s in Marketing Management from Bombay University. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India and is a certified Process Excellence Black Belt.
Abhijit Roy, MD and CEO, Berger Paints India Ltd.
Abhijit Roy is the MD and CEO of Berger Paints India Ltd. since July 2012. He has over 19 years of experience in the paint industry. He did his mechanical engineering from Jadavpur University Calcutta and MBA from IIM Bangalore.
He started his career with Asian Paints (I) Ltd. After three years in Asian Paints working in Sales in West Bengal based out of Calcutta, Mr. Roy joined Lab Garnier, a division of L’Oreal in 1994 (when they entered India) and was instrumental in launching Ultra Doux shampoo and Synergie brands of Garnier in East India. He joined Berger in the year 1996 as Product Manager for ColorBank Tinting System.
Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, CEO, Wipro
Abidali Z. Neemuchwala is the CEO and Member of the Board of Wipro Limited since February 2016. Abid has a master’s in Industrial Management from IIT Mumbai and Bachelors in Electronics and Communication from NIT, Raipur. He is also a certified Software Quality Analyst and a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. He joined TCS in 1992 and worked there for 23 years. Wipro had appointed Abid Ali Neemuchwala as the group president and chief operating officer (COO) of the company effective April 1, 2015. He is passionate about service and diversity and volunteers in the community and at Wipro Cares. He also enjoys travelling.
Aditya Ghosh, President, InterGlobe Aviation
Mr. Aditya Ghosh is the President and whole-time Director of the Company. Mr. Ghosh heads all operations and management of the company. He was appointed as the President in August 2008. He also serves on the Executive Committee of InterGlobe Enterprises, which is responsible for the management of the IGE’s various businesses’. Ghosh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Law degree, both from the University of Delhi. Prior to joining Interglobe aviation in 2008, Mr. Ghosh was the General Counsel for InterGlobe Enterprises from 2004 to August 2008. He also practiced law from 1998 to 2004 at J. Sagar & Associates.
Aditya Puri, Managing Director, HDFC BANK LTD.
Aditya Puri took over the reins of HDFC Bank Ltd. in September 1994, at a time when the bank was just set up. As Managing Director of the newly formed bank Puri’s mandate was to build from scratch, a ‘World Class Indian Bank’. He is associated with the banking sector for more than 40 years. He became the CEO of Citibank, Malaysia in 1992. In September 1994 he returned to India as Managing Director of HDFC Bank. He has a clear definition of the markets the Bank wanted to play in, the products, the technology, the architecture required to manufacture and deliver the bank’s products & services, and the team of people to execute the vision. Since then HDFC Bank has made significant strides in becoming a ‘World Class Indian Bank’. Puri has made a positive difference in the private banking sector and helped alter India’s financial landscape, particularly in his unflinching attention on the growth of rural markets. HDFC Bank’s steady growth and performance is also widely attributed to Puri’s no-nonsense leadership.
Ajay Kapur, Managing Director & CEO, Ambuja Cement
Mr. Ajay Kapur is the Managing Director and CEO of Ambuja Cement. He joined Ambuja Cement in 1993 as the Executive Assistant to the then Managing Director and Founder. In May, 2012, was made CEO of the company. Soon after, he was made Deputy Managing Director & CEO on 1st August, 2013; and then Managing Director & CEO on 25th April, 2014.
Mr. Ajay Kapur holds an Economics degree from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and a Masters in Management with marketing specialization. He is an alumnus of the Wharton Business School, USA. Mr. Kapur shares a close, symbiotic relationship with the cement industry for over two decades. This has lent him a keen and multi-faceted adaptability to the industry’s ever-changing dynamics, customer behavior and needs. He is well known for his hands-on and performance-oriented work culture. He has initiated several operational excellence programs during his tenure as CEO and later on as MD. Mr. Kapur keeps a sharp focus on sustainability. He also drives a strong focus on safety within the company, through the ‘We Care’ initiative and has been able to successfully improve the safety standards of the company and of everyone associated with it.
Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Enterprises
Ajay Piramal, Chairman Piramal Group & Shriram Groupis one of India’s leading industrialists, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. He is the Chairman of the business conglomerate, Piramal Group & Shriram Group, with activities in healthcare, financial services, real estate, information services, glass packaging etc. He completed his graduation from Bombay University in the science faculty; and Master in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and pursued the Advanced Management Programme, from Harvard. He is a Member of the Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee (AIPAC) constituted by SEBI, as well as the National Council of Confederation of Indian Industry. He is appointed as the Non-Executive Director of Tata Sons. He was a Member of the Honorable Prime Minister’s Council for Trade & Industry and the Board of Trade constituted by the Ministry of Commerce. In addition, he was a Member of the Honorable Prime Minister’s Task Force on Pharmaceuticals and Knowledge-Based Industries, and served on the Central Board of State Bank of India for 12 years.
AKHIL GUPTA, Vice Chairman, Bharti Infratel Ltd.
Akhil Gupta is the Vice Chairman of Bharti Group and Executive Chairman of Bharti Infratel Limited. He is a Chartered Accountant by qualification with over 30 years of professional experience. He has also done an advanced management program at the Harvard Business School in 2002. He has been associated with a wide range of strategic, financial, mergers and acquisitions and business performance issues of the group. He has conceptualized and implemented the transformational initiatives that include the outsourcing deals undertaken by the group in the areas of Information Technology (IT) with IBM, Network Management, Ericsson & NSN and outsourcing of Call Centres Management to leading International BPOs. With his innovative thought leadership, he has helped mobile operator, Bharti Airtel, to become the lowest cost producer of minutes worldwide while ensuring that it provides good margin despite the lowest tariffs in the world. And, has played a pivotal role in Bharti’s phenomenal growth right since inception. He has also spearheaded the successful public listings of both Bharti Airtel (2002) and Bharti Infratel (2012). Post the listings, he has led the investor interactions and has been involved in introducing global benchmarks like full quarterly audits and transparent quarterly reports to provide all relevant information to investors and stakeholders. He is currently the Chairman of TAIPA (Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association) and President of TSSC (Telecom Sector Skill Council). He represents the Indian Telecom Industry and Bharti regularly at various forums and important seminars in India and abroad. He was awarded the ‘CEO of the Year’ award at the National Telecom Awards in 2012. He was also honoured for ‘outstanding contribution to the Telecom Sector’ by industry’s leading telecom magazine – tele.net. In 2010, Gupta was awarded the Asia Corporate Dealmaker Award at the Asia – Pacific M&A ATLAS Awards. He has also been inducted to the CFO India – ‘Hall of Fame’ in recognition of his contribution to the world of finance. In 2009, he was conferred the CA Business Achiever Award. In addition, he won the Best CFO of the Year – People’s Choice Award.
Al Rajwani, Managing Director & CEO, Procter & Gamble India
Al Rajwani is the Managing Director and CEO of Procter & Gamble India since June 2015. A chemical engineer by qualification (he began as a product supply management executive at P&G Canada in 1981. Rajwani, who is a US citizen of Indian origin, has more than 34 years’ experience working for P&G in a variety of product supply, marketing and general management positions in the US, Canada, China, Korea and Arabian Peninsula. Al Rajwani has been GM/VP of Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan at P&G. He has 11 years of experience handling this geography. He has also worked in USA, Canada Greater China and Korea in different capacities at P&G. He has been with P&G since 1981. Under his leadership, the AP&P business grew in double digits in the last decade and paved the way for P&G to be one of the leading consumer packaged goods companies in the Middle East.
Amit Goenka, Chief Ex-executive Officer, Zee Entertainment
Mr. Amit Goenka, Chief Ex-executive Officer, International Broadcast Business, is responsible of spearheading the International Business of the Company. Mr. Goenka has successfully managed the technology business of the Essel Group, and has played a vital role in the setting up the state-of-the-art processes in all the group companies. His innovative ideas gave birth to India’s first prepaid cash cards service – ITZ Cash Card – a unique payment instrument. Amit Goenka is one of the promoters of the Essel Group, CEO of Pan India Network Ltd. and he spearheads Essel’s operations on all non-entertainment fronts.
Anand Kripalu, Managing Director & CEO, United Spirits Limited
Anand Kripalu is the Managing Director & CEO United Spirits Limited. Mr. Kripalu served as the President of Asian Operations at Cadbury Limited since October 2008. He served as the President of South Asia and Indo-China at Mondelez India Foods Private Limited since 2010. He served as the Managing Director of Cadbury Schweppes Asia-Pacific of Mondelez India Foods Private Limited since October 26, 2005. He served as Managing Director of Mondelez India Foods Private Limited, with responsibility for the Indian Sub-continent. He has a rich experience of over 24 years in the FMCG industry. His key stints include setting up of the Dental Innovation Centre at Mumbai, Head of Market Research, and Head of Marketing for the Laundry category for both India and the Central Asia Middle East Region, as well as General Manager of Sales & Customer Development for HLL Lifecare Limited. He served as the Managing Director for Unilever’s East African Operations at Hindustan Unilever Limited. He joined Unilever (then Ponds) in 1983 as a management trainee. He has been with Unilever for over two decades. Earlier, he served as General Sales Manager (detergents) in India. He serves as Executive Director of Mondelez India Foods Limited. He has been a Director of United Spirits Limited since August 14, 2014. He has been a Non-Executive & Independent Director at Marico Limited since April 26, 2007. Mr. Kripalu holds a Bachelor in Electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He completed the Advanced Management Programme from Wharton in 2004.
Anand Mahindra, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Anand Mahindra, the group’s Managing Director since 1997, became its Chairman in 2012. As the group’s leader-statesman, his strong business acumen and global dreams have led the Mahindra Group overcome various obstacles to create tremendous wealth and value. Anand also spearheads the efforts of the employees to codify the group’s philosophy of empowering people everywhere to rise, and has made Mahindra a popular, purpose-driven brand. His global perspective has led to a renewed focus on the work culture, making Mahindra a great place to work. Mahindra’s critical shift in its mind-set, from second-to-none to a global federation of innovative companies, has been Anand’s singular achievement. In 1977, he pursued a graduate degree at the Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1981, he finished his MBA and came back to India to join the Mahindra Ugine Steel Company (MUSCO) as an executive assistant to the finance director. In 1989, he was appointed its President and Deputy Managing Director. Two years later, he moved to Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., kick-starting an era as the country’s dominant producer of off-road vehicles and agricultural tractors. Anand is co-founder of the Harvard Business School Association of India and has served on the Boards of the National Stock Exchange and the National Council of Applied Economic Research, as Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Institute of Design, and as a member of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. He initiated the Nanhi Kali programme two decades ago to provide free education to economically under-privileged girls. He’s also responsible for one of the largest personal donations overseas by an Indian – an endowment of 10 million USD to the Harvard Humanities Center, which has been renamed as the Mahindra Humanities Center. Some of his accolades include ‘Knight of the Order of Merit’ by the President of the French Republic, Rajiv Gandhi Award 2004 for outstanding contribution in the business field and many more.
Anant Talaulicar, Managing Director, Cummins
Anant Talaulicar became the Managing Director of Cummins India in 2004 and under his leadership; Cummins’ business in India has grown rapidly. He serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of the listed entity, Cummins India Limited and as Managing Director of Tata Cummins Private Limited., a 50:50 joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Tata Motors Limited, India’s largest automobile manufacturer.
He also chairs the boards of three other Cummins legal entities in India, and serves as a board member of KPIT Technologies Limited. In 2010, he was appointed President – Components Business, Cummins Inc., a role he held until December 2014. Talaulicar holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mysore University in India. He has received a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1985 and an MBA from Tulane University in 1987. Talaulicar started his career as an intern with Cummins in 1986, and it is since then he has held a number of positions both in the United States and in India. Since 2004, Talaulicar has also led the Cummins India Foundation which has implemented sustainable community initiatives in the areas of higher education, energy and environment and social justice and local community infrastructure development. He serves as the Chairman of the Manufacturing Council of the Confederation of Indian Industries, is on the Executive Committee of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and is a member of the Automobile Components Manufacturers Association.
Anil Manibhai Naik, Chairman, Larsen and Turbo
Anil Manibhai Naik is the Chairman and the COO of India’s biggest engineering and construction conglomerate, Larsen and Turbo. He has fought many battles to take the company to the top. He has made it possible for L&T to be a global leader with his hard work, he calls it as “devotion beyond dedication.” In 1965, Naik joined Larsen & Turbo as a junior engineer and became the youngest manager in the history of the organisation. In 1985, he was made the ‘General Manager’ as he rose quickly through the ranks. In 1989, he took over as the Vice-President of the organisation and became the member of the Director Board. Naik has involved himself in many social activities and is currently into the development of an educational institution set up by his father in Navsari in Gujarat. He is also associated with several educational and charitable institutions that help support the rural population of India. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Business Trust for HIV/AIDS. As soon as he took over as the CEO of L &T, he came up with a 90 days action plan. He brought back a merit system to attract the younger generation to the company. According to him, the best way to attract young engineers to an organization was to change the way of rewarding them. Naik was also instrumental in leading the organization through a manufacturing path which helped raise the turnover of the company fifty times over in around eight years.
He has been honored with the Business Leader of the Year – Building India’ by NDTV Profit, ‘Asia Business Leader’ Award, CNBC Asia, 2010 Naik is an inspirational entrepreneur since he dedicated half of his life to make his organisation, the biggest engineering giant in India and one of the largest in the world.
Anil Rai Gupta, Exe. Chairman and MD, HAVELLS INDIA LTD.
Mr. Anil Rai Gupta has been Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Havells India Ltd. since November 13, 2014. Mr. Gupta served as Joint Managing Director of Havells India Ltd. since 2006. He serves as an Executive Director of Havells India Ltd. since September 30, 1992.
He serves as Investor Director of Janalakshmi Financial Services Limited. He designed, articulated and implemented marketing strategy that transformed the company from just a family brand to a global brand. He honed his entrepreneurial skills under the guidance of his father and Founder Chairman, Late Sh. Qimat Rai Gupta. A firm believer of giving back to the society, Anil with the blessings from his father initiated the mid-day meal programe through QRG foundation. Besides wiring Havells’ aggressive global future, Anil also takes keen interest in music and playing golf. Mr. Gupta holds a B.A. in Economics and MBA in Marketing and Finance from Wake Forest University, North Calorina, USA.
Atul Sobti, Director, BHEL
Shri Atul Sobti, Director (Power), BHEL is a Mechanical Engineer with a Post Graduation in International Management’ and ‘Diploma in Project Management’. He has also undergone Advance Management Training Programmes at IIM, Ahmedabad and Asian Institute of Management, Manila. Shri Sobti has a vast professional experience of 33 years, working in various capacities in all major segments of BHEL. Shri Sobti has been an active member of ‘CII National Committee of young Managers’, National level ‘CII Trade committee’ and Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC). He is also a regular faculty member at a number of reputed Management Institutes as well as BHEL’s Human Resource Development Institute.
B. Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Mr. B. Ashok is the Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., India’s largest commercial enterprise and the top Indian corporate in the prestigious Fortune ‘Global 500’ listing of the world’s largest companies, since July 2014. Prior to his appointment as Chairman Indian Oil, Mr. B Ashok was Executive Director (Retail Sales) and Executive Director in the Corporate Office at New Delhi. Mr. Ashok has a wide experience in various roles of the marketing division and has also been a harbinger of the Business Development activities at its Corporate Headquarters. Having global exposure, he also has headed the overseas business of Indian Oil in South-East Asia based at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and recently on Board of Lanka IOC. An alumnus of the College of Engineering, Madras University, Mr. Ashok majored in Mechanical Engineering. Later, he earned his PGDM from MDI-Gurgaon. With his vast and vivid experience in the oil & gas industry, Mr. Ashok has served Indian Oil in various capacities, and in multiple disciplines. Beginning his career as a field officer, he steadily rose in the organization, making his mark in every role assigned to him. Mr. Ashok is well known for his transformative and people-centric leadership style, which motivates entire teams to perform and deliver results through positive engagement and a shared vision. A rapacious reader of books, Mr. Ashok is also fond of music and keenly follows sports.
B .C.Tripathi, Chairman & M D, GAIL
Shri B.C.Tripathi is the Chairman and the Managing Director of Gas Authority of India Limited. He completed his Mechanical Engineering from NIT Allahabad and graduated in 1982. He started his career in ONGC and later joined GAIL India in 1984 when the gas industry in India was in its formative years. Shri Tripathi is one of the founder employee of GAIL and has worked under different capacities in different departments in GAIL. He has been involved in the execution of several esteemed projects of GAIL starting from the HVJ to the recently concluded Dahej-Dabhol Pipeline. He was the project Manager for GAILs prestigious Dahej-Vijaipur Pipeline project, which received Silver Medal for Excellence in project Management in the Mega Project Category from International Project Management Association, Germany. He has also published a case study on this project in Petromin Pipeliner. Over the past 27 years Shri Tripathi has gained varied experience and competence in the areas related to Operation & Maintenance of Pipelines, Project Management, Contracts Management, Customer Relationship Management, Marketing etc.
Bharat Puri, Managing Director, Pidilite Industries
Bharat Puri has been the Managing Director of Pidilite Industries since 10th April 2015.Bharat has had a very successful career with leading Indian and Global companies. In his previous assignment, Mr. Puri was President – Global Chocolate, Gum and Candy Categories at Mondelez International, based in Zurich with worldwide responsibilities for these categories He started his career with Asian Paints in 1982 and rose to the position of General Manager – Sales & Marketing. He then moved to Cadbury in 1998 as Director of Sales and Marketing for Cadbury India. In 2002, he was appointed as Managing Director South Asia for Cadbury. Later he moved to Singapore in 2006.Bharat completed his MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. Bharat has outstanding local and global experience and a great track record. His vision and value system closely matches that of the company.
Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Company
Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Company Ltd. is a B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) degree holder of IIT – Madras, and a post graduate diploma holder in Management from IIM – Ahmedabad, India. Having started his career as a management trainee with Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. in 1983 he moved on after 5 years and joined the Tata Watch Project. Since 1983 Bhaskar has been associated with the Tata Watch Project, later to become Titan Watches Ltd., and now Titan Company Ltd. At Titan, Bhaskar dealt with Sales & Marketing, HR, International Business and various general managerial assignments. Bhaskar is a member of the Governing Council at the T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal and the SDM Institute of Management and Development, Mysore. He has taken over as chairman of Tata SIA Airlines Ltd., succeeding Prasad Menon and joined the board of the company on 14 January 2016.
C. Vijayakumar, President and Chief Executive Officer, HCL TECH
C. Vijayakumar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies, a US$ 6.5 billion global IT services company. Prior to this he was the COO of the company. He is also on the Board of Directors of HCL America Inc. Vijay got associated with HCL Technologies way back in 1994 as part of the founding start-up team at HCL Comnet and has been actively participating in ground-breaking the Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) plan which has become a hallmark in the industry. As a key contributor in this journey, Vijay has held several Technology, Business & Operational leadership positions in this business, leading up to being the President of Global Infrastructure Services, and leading hyper-scale growth and global dominance of the infrastructure service business with differentiated strategies in automation, global delivery and next gen services. Vijay is recognized for his leadership style and deep connect with the teams and customers, which has been much-admired in the business bestseller ‘Blueprint to a Billion: 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth’ as part of a case-study on HCLT authored by renowned management guru David G. Thomson. Vijay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from P.S.G. College of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India.
Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director, ICICI Bank
Ms. Chanda Kochhar is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, India’s largest private sector bank. She is widely known for her role in shaping the retail banking sector in India and for her leadership of the ICICI Group, as well as her contributions to various forums in India and globally. Kochhar started her career with Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India as a management trainee in 1984 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of ICICI bank in 2001. Kochhar was involved in establishing ICICI Bank during the 1990s. In 1993, Kochhar was appointed as one of the core team members who were assigned the responsibility of setting up the bank. She was promoted to assistant general manager in 1994 and then to deputy general manager in 1996. She was elevated as Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Bank in 2009 and made responsible for the Bank’s diverse operations in India and overseas.
Ms. Kochhar has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry, the Board of Trade and High-Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure. Ms. Kochhar received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University, Canada in 2014. The university conferred this award on Ms. Kochhar in recognition of her pioneering work in the financial sector, effective leadership in a time of economic crisis and support for engaged business practices. She was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honors, in 2011.
Chet Kamat , CEO and MD, Oracle Financial Services Software Limited
Chet Kamat is the CEO and managing director of Oracle Financial Services Software Limited. He has more than 30 years of financial services, consulting, and business transformation experience. His proficiency in banking transformation has driven strong top-line impact for both the products and services businesses at Oracle Financial Services Software. He is passionate in nurturing a culture of operational excellence and customer delight. Kamat was managing director at STG, a leading private equity firm focused on investing in software and enterprise services companies, prior to joining Oracle,. At STG he was responsible for the transformation and operations of its portfolio companies with a specific focus on their use of global operating models. Earlier, Kamat worked as the CEO of a retail financial services startup and at Accenture. He holds master’s degree in computer science from the University of Bombay and a PG diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has served as the chairman of the board of directors at Teleca AB, and as a director on the boards of Netik Inc., Symphony Marketing Solutions Inc., and The Capital Markets Company N.V.
CP Gurnani, Managing Director & CEO, Tech Mahindra
CP Gurnani (popularly known as ‘CP’ within his peer group), is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tech Mahindra.
He is an gifted business leader with vast experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP has led Tech Mahindra’s transformation journey, the acquisition and merger of Satyam.His unique style of leadership helped Tech Mahindra come forward as one of the leading digital IT solution providers of India.
CP has held several leading positions with HCL Hewlett Packard Limited, Perot Systems (India) Limited and HCL Corporation Ltd. He holds a chemical engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela.
CP was chosen as the Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year [Manager]’, CNBC Asia’s ‘India Business Leader of the Year’, Dataquest ‘IT person of the Year’ – for the year 2013 and Business Standard ‘CEO of the Year’ 2014. He was also awarded the ‘Best CEO of the Year’ at the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2015.
D. Rajkumar, Chairman & M.D, Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd.
Shri D. Rajkumar has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. since October 1, 2016 for a five-year term. Shri Rajkumar has been the Managing Director of Bharat Petro Resources Limited a unit of BPCL focused on exploration and production since May 1, 2009 and also serves as its Executive Director. He served as the General Manager of Exploration & Production and General Manager of Cochin – Coimbatore – Karur Pipeline at Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. Shri Rajkumar holds B. Tech (Elect) and PGDM from IIM.
Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd.
Deepak Parekh is the Chairman of HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation) which is a top mortgage finance company. Besides being the Chairman, he is also the unofficial crisis consultant of the Indian Government. He has transformed HDFC into a huge multinational firm with his hard work and intelligence. Mr. Parekh started his career as a chartered accountant in Ernst & Young Management Consultancy Services in New York. When he came to back to India, he worked with Grindlays Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank as the assistant representative for South Asia. In 1978, he joined HDFC and was promoted as the Managing Director in 1985 and thus became the Chairman in 1993. Deepak Parekh was honored as the Businessman of the Year 1996 by Business India. He was also given the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award by All India Management Association (AIMA) and was the first to receive the Qimpro Platinum Award. Mr. Parekh was the youngest man to get the respected Corporate Award for Life Time Achievement by the Economic Times. Deepak Parekh has played a very significant role in developing the financial sector of India and has also contributed in establishing French firms in India. According to the Government of France, Mr. Parekh has improved the relations of India and France in the economic sector. Mr. Parekh made it possible for the middle class people of India to own their houses or flats by providing them with loans at affordable rates.
Dilip Gaur, Managing Director, GRASIM
Mr. Dilip Gaur is the Managing Director of Grasim Industries and Head – Pulp & Fibre. He is also on the Board of Directors of ABMCPL. Prior to this, he successfully led businesses of different level and complexity in the group for the past 12 years. He was the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Manufacturing Officer of UltraTech Cement Limited. He has done stints with Hindalco as Head of Copper Business; with Birla Carbon as Managing Director of the Egyptian business and as President and Country Head of Group’s Edible Oil & Oleo Chemicals Business in Malaysia/Philippines. Mr. Gaur joined Aditya Birla Group in 2004 after spending 24 years at Hindustan Unilever Limited in Foods, HPC & Specialty Chemicals Business and was a member of the Foods Management Committee. He is a Chemical Engineer by training and has undergone several national and international programs in management and leadership development including AMP at Harvard. He also has acknowledged expertise in project management and technology adoption. He is a recipient of the Fray International Sustainability award.
Dilip Shanghvi, Chairman & MD, Sun Pharma
Mr. Dilip Shanghvi is the founder of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and has extensive industrial experience in the pharmaceutical industry. A first generation entrepreneur, Mr. Shanghvi has won numerous awards and recognitions, including Forbes’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2014), Economic Times’ Business Leader of the Year (2014), CNN IBN’s Indian of the Year (Business) (2011), Business India’s Businessman of the Year (2011) and Ernst and Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year (2011). He has also been awarded the Economic Times’ Entrepreneur of the Year (2008), Business Standard’s CEO of the Year (2008) and CNBC TV 18’s First Generation Entrepreneur of the Year (2007). Mr. Shanghvi is also Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd., and Chairman of the Shantilal Shanghvi Foundation. He holds a B.Com degree from the University of Calcutta. Shanghvi’s largest ever deal was the purchase of Indian rival Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. in 2015.
Dinesh K Sarraf, Chairman & MD, ONGC Ltd.
Dinesh K Sarraf, 57, is the Chairman and Managing Director of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC), India’s most valuable Maharatna public sector enterprise and one of the most premier E&P companies in the world. ONGC is one of the Fortune’s most admired companies in the world. Sarraf is also the Chairman of ONGC Videsh Ltd., operating across 16 countries, Chairman of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL) and five other ONGC Group companies (OPaL- ONGC Petro-additions Ltd., OMPL – ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd., MSEZ- Mangalore SEZ Ltd., OTPC- ONGC Tripura Power Company Ltd. and OMEL- ONGC Mittal Energy Ltd.). He graduated in commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and holds a post graduate degree in commerce from the same University. He is an associate member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has experience of over three and half decades in the oil and gas industry, having started his oil and gas career in Oil India Ltd. He joined ONGC in 1991 and handled various key assignments at corporate offices. He was elevated to the post of Director (Finance) in ONGC Videsh in 2005 where he served till 2007. During this period, OVL made significant acquisitions in Syria, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Egypt and Myanmar. In December 2007, he joined back ONGC as Director (Finance).
Glenn Saldanha, Chairman and MD, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited
Glenn Saldanha is the Chairman & MD of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited; Glenn Saldanha oversees the entire operations of the organization. Mr. Saldanha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from Mumbai University and is an MBA from Leonard Stern School of Business, New York University. Glenn has altered Glenmark from an India focused branded generics business to an organization which has significant presence across major emerging and developed economies. The biggest achievement for Glenmark during his tenure has been its ability to discover best-in-class molecules for global development and unmet medical needs thus positioning Glenmark as a leader in drug discovery Prior to Glenmark, Mr. Saldanha has worked with Eli Lily, USA and PriceWater House Coopers, USA. Glenn was conferred with ‘Swiss Ambassador’s Award for Exceptional Innovation’ by the Embassy of Switzerland in 2012. In the same year; India’s leading English daily –Hindustan Times featured him as one of the ‘Top 30 Youth Icons of India’. Glenn was also awarded “Young Business Leader of the Year” at the India Business Awards, 2009 organized by the UK Trade & Investment Body.
Hari Mohan Bangur, Managing Director, Shree Cements
Shri. Hari Mohan Bangur is the Managing Director of Shree Cements. He has taken complete charge of he textile business as well as Shree Digvijay Cement Co. Ltd., one of the flagship companies of the Bangur Group which also has business interests in Paper, Chemicals, Synthetic Fibre, Phosphatic Fertilizer, Graphite Electrodes, Jute, Tea, Coffee and Rubber. During his term for the first time the Bangur Group Enterprises sponsored Indo-Soviet cultural co-operation event of Ballet on Ice in India. Bangur is currently the President of The Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) & Managing Director of Shree Cement Ltd. (SCL). Bangur is actively associated with managing and overseeing the philanthropic activities of the Group, particularly in the field of education, charitable hospital and social welfare trust. He runs a trust which is actively involved in complete restoration, beautification and renovation of Lord Brahma Temple at Pushkar. He is an active Rotarian; Bangur also manages and contributes to a plethora of philanthropic activities.
Harish Badami, Managing Director, ACC
Mr. Harish Badami is the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of ACC Limited. Mr. Badami holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Bombay and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. He has over twenty-five years experience in the chemical industry with leading MNC’s viz. ICI, Rohm and Haas India, Dow Chemical India and Celanese Chemicals India Private Limited.
Mr Badami was the President and MD of Dow Chemical India during the period 2009-2011 and was the MD of Celanese Chemicals India Private Limited prior to his joining ACC. In these roles, Mr Badami was responsible for developing integrated strategies for the local subsidiaries including implementation of robust business plans, building organizational capability and manufacturing footprint.
Mr Badami is a Member of the Stakeholders’ Relationship Committee, CSR Committee, Risk Management Committee, Capex Committee and Compliance Committee of the Board.
Himanshu Kapania, Managing Director, Idea Cellular Ltd.
Mr. Himanshu Kapania has been the Managing Director of Idea Cellular Ltd., an Aditya Birla Group company since 2011. He also serves as Director with Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited, the strategic advisory unit of Aditya Birla Group. An experienced person from the Indian telecom industry, Himanshu has greatly contributed to its advancement over two decades. He engineered Idea’s fast-paced growth making it one of the top players and the fastest-growing mobile operators in India. He also led the company’s foray into the wireless broadband business, readying it for the next wave of growth. He has been time and again recognized for his leadership skills. He was awarded the Voice & Data ‘Telecom Person of the Year Award’ in 2014 and the ‘Outstanding CEO Award’ by CEO India. Himanshu is on the GSMA Board – the international body formulating and driving global GSM eco-system; and the Chairman of the Cellular Operators.
Indu Shekhar Jha, Chairman & MD , Power Grid Corp of India Ltd.
Indu Shekhar Jha is Chairman & Managing Director of Power Grid Corp since November 2015. Prior to this he successfully served as the Director (projects) of the company from September, 2009. He is an Electrical Engineer from NIT, Jamshedpur. He began his professional career in 1981 as an Executive Trainee in NTPC. He has been associated with POWERGRID since its inception in 1991 and has been part of various departments such as Engineering, Distribution Management System (DMS), and Corporate Monitoring Group. He has worked as Executive Director of North Eastern Region, Engineering and Corporate Monitoring Group of the company. He has been a lead Member in Planning, Engineering and Execution of APDRP and RGGVY schemes in POWERGRID. He is member of the Governing Body of CPRI, Bangalore and Empowered Committee of Government of India for promoting competition in Power Transmission Sector. He is also associated with professional bodies such as Institution of Engineers India, Power Engineering Society of IEEE – USA, and International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) France.
Issam Bachaalani, Managing Director, Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited
Mr. Issam Bachaalani is the Managing Director at Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited since October 1, 2014. He joined Colgate-Palmolive in 1991 as part of the Global Marketing Development Program. He then moved to the US Household Surface Care in New York.
Since then he has held a series of significant positions in various divisions and subsidiaries with Colgate-Palmolive globally. In 2006, he was promoted as General Manager, Colgate-Palmolive Hong Kong, where he and his team played a significant role in strengthening Colgate toothpaste’s market share. In 2009, he was promoted to General Manager for Colgate-Palmolive, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. In 2012, he became the Vice President and General Manager of the Global Toothbrush Division, where he and his team drove the business to record high global market shares expanding the Manual Toothbrush Leadership with record sales, profits and an unprecedented innovative stream of successful new products.
K B S Anand, Managing Director & CEO, Asian Paints Ltd.
Mr. K B S Anand is a Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and passed out in the year 1977 after which he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IIM, Kolkata in the year 1979 with a specialization in Marketing.
Mr. Anand joined Asian Paints Ltd. in the year 1979. He worked in the Sales and Marketing function of the architectural Coating and Chemical business, Industrial products manufacturing. He was made the head of the Decorative Business in 2009. He is currently the Managing Director and CEO of the Company. Mr. Anand is widely travelled. His hobbies include playing bridge and reading.
K. M. Singh, Chairman & MD, NHPC
K. M. Singh is the Chairman and Managing Director of NHPC. Prior to joining NHPC Board, Singh was heading NHDC- a joint venture company of NHPC & Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, as Chief Executive Director, since June 2008. Singh is an Electrical Engineer graduate from Gorakhpur University, Uttar Pradesh. He started his career as an Executive Trainee in NHPC posted at Loktak Power Station in 1979.
He has over 35 years of wide-ranging experience in the field of Hydro power engineering. During his posting at various projects and Corporate Office of NHPC, he has been involved in construction, erection, testing and commissioning, quality assurance and operation and maintenance of various projects/power stations. He is well versed with all the facets of Hydro Power Development and has been involved in propounding best practices in construction, quality assurance, operation and maintenance of hydroelectric plants.
Kallam Satish Reddy, Chairman, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Kallam Satish Reddy is the Chairman of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. He joined the company in 1993 as Executive Director and since then has held positions of increasing responsibility as Managing Director in 1997 and Vice-Chairman & Managing Director in 2013.He is an active member of major industry associations and government panels. He was a member of the Drugs Technical Advisory Board of India, the Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Chapter of the CII and head of its National Committee on Pharmaceuticals. Satish is one of the Directors’ of Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences. He was recognized as a “Young Global Leader for 2007” by the World Economic Forum, and was offered with the “IBLA – India Corporate Citizen of the Year” award by CNBC in 2005 for his contributions to CSR. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University, India, and an M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry from Purdue University, USA, where he received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Karan G. Adani, Chief Executive Officer, Adani Ports
Mr. Karan G. Adani has been Chief Executive Officer of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZL) of Adani Enterprises Limited since January 1, 2015 and previously served as its Executive Director until January 1, 2016. Mr. Adani started his career by learning the intricacies of the port operations at Mundra. He has been Director at the Dhamra Port Company Limited since June 6, 2014.
He has successfully steered the growth strategy of APSEZL resulting in its rapid expansion from two ports to a string of ten ports / terminals. He is technologically savvy with a global outlook and believes in setting the highest benchmarks in all areas of business. He holds a degree in economics from Purdue University, USA.
Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director, Maruti Suzuki
MARUTI Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) had appointed Kenichi Ayukawa as Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company from April 1, 2013. He had replaced Shinzo Nakanishi, who retired from office. Ayukawa is a graduate in law from Osaka University and has been associated with Suzuki Motor Corporation for over three decades. He spearheaded operations for the Japanese auto major in Pakistan (2004) and has formerly served as the treasurer of SMC’s American operations (1997). In 2008, he was appointed Deputy Executive General Manager in charge of global marketing. He has also served as a director on the board of Maruti Suzuki. Ayukawa took over at a time when even after the victorious launches of Ertiga, the sub-4 meter DZire and premium hatchback Swift, the company was finding it tough to grow sales in the sluggish domestic market. His predecessor, Nakanishi, had played a major role in the formative years of Maruti Udyog Limited in the early 1980s and handled the company for six years.
Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, UltraTech Cement
Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla is the Chairman of UltraTech Cement Limited. He took over as Chairman of Aditya Birla Group in 1995, at the age of 28. Mr. Birla chairs the Boards of the major Group companies in India and globally which includes Hindalco, Grasim, Aditya Birla Nuvo, UltraTech, Idea, Aditya Birla Financial Services ,Aditya Birla Retail and Novelis, Columbian Chemicals, Aditya Birla Minerals, Aditya Birla Chemicals and many more . As Chairman, Mr. Birla has taken the Aditya Birla Group to an altogether higher growth curve. In the 17 years that he has been at the helm of the Group, he has accelerated growth, built a meritocracy and enhanced stakeholder value. Mr. Birla is also on the Board of the G.D.Birla Medical Research & Education Foundation, and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani. He is a Member of the London Business School’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board. He is an “Honorary Fellow” of the London Business School (LBS), a title conferred upon him by the Governing Board of the LBS. Mr. Birla holds several key positions on various regulatory and professional Boards.
Kushal Pal Singh, Chairman, DLF Limited
Dr. Kushal Pal Singh is the Chairman of the Board of DLF Limited, India’s largest real estate company with a pan India presence in over 24 Cities across 15 States. Dr. K.P. Singh pursued Aeronautical Engineering in UK, after graduating in science and was later selected to the Indian Army by British Officers Services Selection Board, UK and thereafter commissioned into a renowned cavalry regiment of the Indian Army. In 1960, he joined American Universal Electric Company and soon after its merger with DLF Universal Limited in 1979, he took over as the Managing Director. Dr. K.P. Singh has pioneered a national movement for Self-Regulation and Ethics in the Indian Housing and Real Estate Industry that has blossomed into National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) – the apex autonomous self regulatory body of Public and Private Sectors, functioning under the patronage of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, with State Real Estate Development Councils (State-REDCOs) being established in various States of the country.
One of Dr. K. P. Singh’s most outstanding contributions to the Indian economy has been his historic pioneering role in creating world-class infrastructure to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and also to facilitate the advent of the business process outsourcing (BPO) phenomenon. Dr. K. P. Singh is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. The most prestigious of which is the Padma Bhushan award, conferred to him by the Government of India on 26th January 2010. Forbes magazine ranked Dr. Singh as the richest real estate tycoon and the eighth richest person in the world, with a net worth of US$30 billion.
M V Gowtama, Chairman & MD, Bharat Electronics Limited
Mr. M V Gowtama is the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Electronics Limited since 8th November 2016 He joined BEL at Ghaziabad Unit in January 1983 as a Probationary Engineer. He was initially posted to the D&E-Radar Division where he contributed to the development of Receiver sub-system of Cyclone Warning Radar at Paradip in Orissa. His team won the R&D Award for this. He completed M.Tech. in Advanced Electronics from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad,while in service. He completed his B. Tech in Electronics and Communications from Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering, Tirupati, in 1983.
Markand Bhatt, CEO, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited
Shri Markand Bhatt a Post Graduate of IIM, Ahmedabad, is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Torrent Group. As part of Torrent Power, a group company, Shri Bhatt has played a key role in the entire journey of the SUGEN Mega Power Project. The project was completed within the budgeted cost resulting in the lowest per MW cost due to his sustained efforts. Shri Bhatt is also responsible for implementation of 382.5 MW UNOSUGEN Project and 1200 MW DGEN Project which have also been commissioned. He was also the Managing Director of former Gujarat Torrent Energy Corporation Limited (GTEC) which set up 655 MW Gas based fuel Combined Cycle Power Project within budgeted cost and timelines. He spearheaded divestment of GTEC by Torrent Group, which was the biggest ever deal in the country at that point of time. Prior to this and was associated with various premier government and private groups such as Torrent, Nirma, Cama, Raymonds etc.
Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani, Chairman & MD, Reliance Industries Limited
Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian business magnate who is the Chairman and Managing Director and the largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), a Fortune Global 500 company and India’s second-most valuable company by market value. For his vision and leadership in ushering the telecom revolution, Ambani was awarded the ‘World Communication Award for the Most Influential Person in Telecommunications’ by Total Telecom. His vision of reinventing education, finance, retail, healthcare through innovations deployed over 4G will usher in the digital revolution in the country and beyond. He has served on the board of directors of Bank of America Corporation and the international advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was the Chairman of the board of IIM Bangalore.In 2014, he was ranked 36 on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people and in 2010; he was included in Forbes ‘ list of “68 people who matter most”. As of 2016 Ambani has consistently held the title of India’s richest person on the Forbes list for ten years.
Mukesh Kumar Surana, Chairman & MD, HPCL
Mr. Mukesh Kumar Surana is the Chairman & Managing Director – Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited since April 01, 2016. He was the Chief Executive Officer, Prize Petroleum Company Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary and upstream arms of HPCL prior this.He is a Mechanical Engineer with Master’s degree in Financial Management. Mr. Surana joined HPCL in the year 1982. Mr. Surana has handled a wide range of responsibilities including leadership positions in Refineries, Corporate, Information Systems and upstream business of HPCL during his career spanning over 33 years in Petroleum Industry. He has been actively involved in Strategy Formulation, Business Process Re-engineering, Major Projects Implementation, Refinery Operations, Corporation wide ERP Implementation, Acquisition and Management of upstream assets etc. Mr. Surana has vast experience in domestic and international Oil & Gas business and is known for his business insight, innovative ideas and people-centric leadership. In his various roles, he has been able to empower teams to perform and deliver exceptional results through positive engagement and a shared vision. A certified Competency Assessor and a Project Management Professional, Mr. Surana has also been dynamically associated with various important industry forums in Oil & Gas Sector.
Murali K Divi, Chairman & MD, Divis Laboratories Ltd.
Dr. Murali K Divi is the Chairman and Managing Director of Divis Laboratories Ltd. He has vast knowledge and experience of over 30 years in the Active pharmaceutical ingredients industry. Dr. Divi holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Kakatiya University, Warangal. He is a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, American Cosmetic Society and American Pharmaceutical Association. Dr. Divi has considerable expertise in implementing and managing bulk fine chemical manufacturing facilities conforming to GMP/ US-FDA standards. He has led R&D teams and developed efficient processes for specialty chemicals, pharmaceutical intermediates, herbicides and rodenticides and custom synthesis.
N.Govindarajan, Managing Director, Aurobindo Pharma Limited
Mr. N.Govindarajan is the Managing Director of Aurobindo Pharma Limited He completed his mechanical engineering from Annamalai University. He has more than 20 years of experience across a variety of domains such as Bulk Drugs, CRAMS, Finished Dosages and Biotechnology. Prior to joining Aurobindo Pharma, Mr. Govindarajan served as the Managing Director & CEO of Shasun Pharmaceuticals Limited and was instrumental in helping Shasun expand its horizons beyond India and become one of the frontrunners in the Indian CRAMS space. His extensive and diverse experience helps Aurobindo Pharma to augment its position in the market as a leader in pharmaceuticals manufacturing.
Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman & CEO, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Natarajan Chandrasekaran (‘Chandra’) is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT solution and consulting firm. Chandra has spent his career in TCS, joining the company in 1987 after completing Masters in Computer Applications from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, (now National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli) in Tamil Nadu. Chandra is a Director on the board of Tata Sons since October 25, 2016. He was also appointed as a Director on the board of India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India in 2016. With over 371,000 consultants, TCS has become the largest private sector employer in India with the highest retention rate in a globally competitive industry. TCS remains the most valuable company in India ended 2015-16 with a market capitalization of over US $70 billion. Under Chandra’s leadership, TCS was rated as the world’s most powerful brand in IT Services in 2015 and was recognized as a Global Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute across 24 countries.He has served as the Chairperson of the IT Industry Governors’ at the WEF, Davos in 2015-16. Chandra has been playing an active role in the Indo – US and India-UK CEO Forums. He is also part of India’s business taskforces for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and Malaysia. He served as the chairman of NASSCOM, the apex trade body for IT services firms in India in 2012-13 and continues to be a member of its governing Executive Council.Chandra has received several awards and recognition in the business community. Beyond the office, Chandra is an avid photographer, and a passionate long-distance runner who has completed several marathons around the world including Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago Berlin, Mumbai, New York, Prague, Stockholm, Salzburg and Tokyo.
Navin Agarwal, Chairman, Cairn India Ltd.
Mr. Navin Agarwal is the Chairman of Cairn India Ltd., Executive Chairman of Vedanta Ltd., and Executive Vice Chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc. He is associated with the Vedanta group since its founding and has extensive experience in the natural resources industry. Mr. Agarwal plays a key role in the strategic and governance framework of the Vedanta Group. He provides leadership for its long-term planning, business development and capital planning. He has been actively involved in the growth of the group, through world-scale organic projects, as well as acquisitions. He is a member of the recommendation and remuneration committees for both Vedanta Limited and Cairn India Limited. He is passionate about developing leadership talent for the group, and identifying and nurturing future leaders.
Nusli N Wadia, Chairman, Britannia
Hailed as one of the savviest businessmen in the corporate arena, Nusli N Wadia was inducted on the Company’s Board on September 5 1993 and has been the Chairman of the company since September 8, 1993. The Indian-Parsi entrepreneur is the son of Neville and Dina Wadia, and the grandson of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. For his schooling, Nusli was sent to a public school in England (Rugby). Later, he completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Florida, U.S.A.He was appointed on the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was the convener of the Special Group Task Force on Food and Agro Industries Management Policy in September, 1998. And, he was also a member of the Special Subject Group to review regulations and procedures to unshackle Indian industry and on the Special Subject Group on Disinvestment.
Chairman of Wadia Group companies and also Director on the Board of several Indian companies, Wadia has contributed actively in the deliberations of various organizations such as the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), Mill Owners’ Association (MOA), Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry, etc. Wadia has a distinct presence in public affairs and has been actively associated with leading charitable and educational institutions. A self-styled gladiator, Wadia, who has been in the corporate arena for nearly three decades, is much respected for his financial acumen and legal expertise. A quintessential workaholic, Wadia believes in living a relatively simple lifestyle. He is said to do much of his own cooking and though he spends a great deal of time in London, he loves holidaying in Goa.
P. S. Jayakumar, CEO & MD, Bank of Baroda
Mr. P. S. Jayakumar has been the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Director of Bank of Baroda since October 13, 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and additionally holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from XLRI Jamshedpur. He also has the distinction of being a Chevening Gurukool Scholar through the London School of Economics and Political Science. He started his career with Citibank in 1986 and has held many senior management positions there, including being Country Head for Consumer Business in India and Asia Pacific and Head for Consumer Lending Business in Asia Pacific. During his banking career, spanning 24 years, he has contributed significantly to the development of the retail banking industry in India. Mr. Jayakumar is a passionate cyclist and plays squash and golf in his spare time.
Pankaj R Patel, Chairman & MD, Cadila Healthcare limited
Pankaj R Patel is the Chairman and Managing Director of Cadila Healthcare, the fifth largest pharmaceutical company in India.
Mr. Pankaj Patel spearheads Zydus Cadila, an innovation-driven, global healthcare group. With over 40 years of experience in the Indian pharmaceutical industry, he combines both research and techno-commercial expertise and has published over 50 research papers. He has done his Masters in Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology from L. M. College of Pharmacy (1977).
Mr. Pankaj Patel is associated with industry associations such as Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, Indian Drug Manufacturers Association, Basic Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics Export Promotion Council (CHEMEXCIL), Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) etc. He is currently the Chairman of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Gujarat State Council. He was conferred the India Innovator Award in 2014 at the Business Leaders Awards by CNBC. For his Entrepreneurial vision he was also awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Life Sciences category.
Pawan Munjal, Chairman & MD, Hero MotoCorp
Mr. Pawan Munjal is the Chairman, Managing Director & CEO of the Company. He is responsible for growth and strategic planning for the entire group. Munjal took over the new managerial role from his father Brijmohan Lall, who had been the company’s chairman since its inception in 1984. Under the leadership of Pawan Munjal, Hero has remained the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold. A graduate in mechanical engineering, Munjal has spent most of the last four years fortifying Hero’s R&D capabilities, forging alliances with global tech partners – EBR (the US), AVL (Austria), Engines Engineering (Italy) and Milan’s Magnetti Marelli. Munjal’s vision is to make Hero a global brand. He has been the Chairman of several Committees of CII. He is also on the board of IIM Lucknow and Indian School of Business. An avid golfer, Mr. Munjal is Past Chairman of the Asian PGA Tour Board of Directors and the Past President of Professional Golfers Association of India (PGAI). Under his guidance, Hero MotoCorp launched the Hero Indian Sports Academy (HISA) in collaboration with Laureus Foundation to provide equal opportunities in sports to various communities and to reward talent in the country.
Prabhat Singh, Managing Director & CEO, Petronet LNG
Prabhat Singh is the Managing Director and CEO of Petronet LNG. Singh is an Engineering graduate from IIT, Kanpur. He has 35 years of relevant experience in the Hydrocarbon Industry both in MNC (British Gas) and Maharatna PSUs (GAIL, NTPC, EIL) etc. Prabhat has been Director of Marketing of GAIL (India) Limited and also served as Chairman of Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private Limited (RGPPL) erstwhile Dabhol Power Company and Chairman of GAIL Global Singapore Pvt Ltd. Prabhat has been involved in putting the country on the world gas map. His major input has been the carrying out of world’s longest exclusive LPG pipeline from Jamnagar to Loni. He was also active in ushering in the “Open Access Common Carrier Principle” in India. He is one of the core contributors to the concept of gas pooling for power & fertilizer sector which is under successful implementation. Prabhat is recognized as a visionary professional in the Industry for having a great business sense with a human touch &excellent communication skills.
Mr. R S Agarwal and R.S.Goenka, Emami
In 1974 Mr.R S Agarwal along with his school friend R.S. Goenka started a cosmetics company. The company was started with a capital of $2600 borrowed from Goenka’s father. Emami is today a multiple business global company with a revenue of above $1.3 billion. RS Agarwal is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary ,LLB and holds a Masters Degree in commerce. R S Goenka is a Master of Commerce and Bachelor of Law. He is an expert in taxation. RS Goenka and RS Agarwal compliment each other perfectly. They share same beliefs and thoughts in all important matters of innovation ideation and activation. Together the duo have been able to create a very successful Indian brand.
Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto limited
Mr. Rahul Bajaj is the chairman and heads the Bajaj Group of companies which is a leader in a variety of manufactured products and financial services in India and abroad. Rahul Bajaj is an Honours Graduate in Economics and Law and a Business graduate from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Bajaj is on the Board of many companies. He was also elected to the Upper House of Parliament (Rajya Sabha 2006 – 2010).Mr. Bajaj has received many prestigious awards and recognitions, prominent being the award of ‘Padma Bhushan’ by the Government of India in 2001, Alumni Achievement Award by the Harvard Business School and Life Time Achievement Award from Economic Times, Ernst & Young and CNBC TV18. Mr. Bajaj was appointed Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour by the President of the French Republic. Mr. Bajaj has been conferred Honorary Doctorates by 7 Universities including IIT Roorkee. Mr. Bajaj spear-heads the CSR initiatives of the Bajaj Group which include Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation and Shiksha Mandal.
Rajeev Jain, Managing Director, Bajaj Finance Ltd.
Rajeev Jain is the Managing Director of Bajaj Finance Ltd. Jain. With help, encouragement, and support from the vice-chairman, Sanjiv Bajaj, he transformed the small-sized auto finance division into one of the fastest growing, and diversified lending company in the country.
By the time Jain joined Bajaj Finance Ltd., he was already a thoroughbred in the financial sector with stints at GE Capital, ANZ, American Express, and AIG spanning a successful career of 13 years in various positions. Everything he had picked up at each of those multinational companies stood him in great stead when he started out with Bajaj Finance Ltd., in September 2007.
Rajeev is a Management graduate from T.A.Pai Management Institute, Manipal. After graduating out of TAPMI in 1993, Jain took up a management accounting job at Eicher Span Financial where he worked for a year during which he learnt the intricacies of business accounting.
He has received many awards like President’s Club award (AMEX), June 2005 and Service Excellence award (GE Money), August 1997.
Rajeev Sharma, Chairman & MD, REC Ltd.
Shri Rajeev Sharma is the Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Rural Electrification Corporation Limited since November 29, 2011. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Govind Ballabh Pant University, Pantnagar, a Post Graduate Diploma (Electronics and Communication Engineering) and a Masters degree in Engineering (Electrical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of Delhi. He has vast experience of more than 30 years in Power Sector. Under his guidance and leadership REC has excelled in all fields and surpassed all its previous targets and performance. Prior to joining REC, Shri Sharma was Director (Projects), Power Finance Corporation Limited, where he was responsible for all functions of Projects Division including appraisal of the projects financed by the Company. He was also instrumental in formulating the policies for APDRP and Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).
Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK
Rana Kapoor is the Managing Director & CEO of YES BANK. He is progressively establishing a high quality, state of the art private Indian bank with a vision of “Building the Best Quality Bank of the World in India” by 2020. As a professional entrepreneur Rana Kapoor received an Honorary Fellowship from All India Management Association (AIMA), Doctorate in Science (Honoris Causa) from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology. He holds an MBA degree from Rutgers’ University in New Jersey, U.S.A. (1980), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Honours) from the University of Delhi (1977). Prior to establishing YES BANK, Rana Kapoor was CEO & Managing Director, and main Managing Partner of Rabo India Finance (RIF) Pvt. Ltd.
Romesh Sobti, Managing Director & CEO, IndusInd Bank
Mr. Romesh Sobti has joined the Bank as Managing Director & CEO. He joined IndusInd Bank in 2007. Prior to this he began his career with State Bank of India in the early 70’s and his career path wound it’s way through multinational biggies like Standard Chartered Bank and ABN AMRO. His last assignment has been with ABN Amro Bank as Executive Vice President – Country Executive, India and Head, UAE & Subcontinent.
He holds a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and has also done his Diploma in Corporate Laws and Practice and Secretarial Practice. Turning around the fortunes of a bank with four-month average liabilities to four-year assets was, a herculean task for Sobti. For someone who headed an elite European bank for more than a decade, a move to a bank that suffered investor apathy and regulatory glare was audacious. Some old-timers at IndusInd believe that Sobti has been fair and gives everyone his due. Sobti has a very strong gut-feeling and is a great decision-maker. Sobti, an avid golfer who brought with him the team that worked together for years, expects everyone to work selflessly for the organization as a team.
Sajjan Jindal, Chairman, JSW Steel
Mr. Sajjan Jindal is the Chairman of JSW Group Mr. Sajjan Jindal, a mechanical engineer by training, has been instrumental in transforming the functioning of the Indian steel industry with his progressive engagement of all stakeholders in the development process at JSW Steel. Under his leadership, JSW Group over the years has expanded in other core sectors of the economy such as power generation, infrastructure building and cement manufacturing. He is also the immediate ex-President of the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). Sajjan Jindal holds B.E in Mechanical Engineering from M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore His dedication to the cause of a self-reliant India is reflected in the technological innovations that define and set apart each JSW company. Today, under his leadership, the JSW Group runs some of the most energy efficient and eco-friendly manufacturing facilities in the country. Mr Jindal is leading the JSW Group into a new era of technological advancement. He has received the Willy Korf/Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award for his contribution to the steel industry.
Sameer Gehlaut, Chairman, Indiabulls Housing
Mr. Sameer Gehlaut serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Indiabulls Group at Indiabulls Credit Services Ltd. Mr. Gehlaut is a Co-Founder of Indiabulls Ventures Limited (formerly, Indiabulls Securities Limited). He is the Founder of Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited and Indiabulls Power Limited. He is also a Co-Founder of the Indiabulls group of companies engaged in the businesses of real estate, infrastructure, financial services and power sector. Mr. Gehlaut was one of the three engineers selected by Halliburton to work for its International services business in the year 1995 and he worked in many countries during his tenure there. Mr. Gehlaut completed his Degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Delhi in 1995.
Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director, ABB India Limited
Sanjeev Sharma is the Managing Director of ABB India Limited. Sanjeev Sharma first joined ABB in 1990 and since then has held a number of global senior management roles. He brings extensive experience in industrial automation and electrification across market segments and geographies and has led several successful change management initiatives across global operations. He is responsible for driving the next level of growth for ABB in India, which is a key market and an important resource base for ABB . Sanjeev Sharma took over from Bazmi Husain, who had been leading ABB in India since 2011.
Sanjiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv
Sanjiv Bajaj is the Managing Director of Bajaj Finserv. It operates in the insurance business through Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co. Ltd. and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Limited, and in the consumer lending business through Bajaj Finance Limited. His role includes guiding the current businesses and building new ones in the financial services sector.
Sanjiv graduated with distinction in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune. He completed his Masters in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Warwick, UK and subsequently went on to complete his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Apart from handling Bajaj Finserv as the MD, he is also the Non-Executive Director of Bajaj Holdings and Investments Ltd. and the Executive Director, Head of Finance & Control and Legal functions at Bajaj Auto Ltd.
Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman & M D, Hindustan Unilever Limited
Mr. Sanjiv Mehta joined the Board of the Company in October 2013. He is also the Executive Vice President for Unilever in South Asia and a member of Unilever’s Global Market Executive. Mr. Mehta joined Unilever in October 1992. He has led several Unilever businesses across South Asia, South East Asia and Middle East. He was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh in 2002. In 2007, he was appointed as Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines. In 2008, he took up responsibility as the Chairman of Unilever North Africa and Middle East (NAME), leading a multi country organization spanning 20 countries in the region. During his tenure as the head of various Unilever Companies, the business achieved significant success accelerating both growth and profitability. Importantly, he has been instrumental in building leadership talent and substantially strengthening organizational capabilities. Before joining Unilever, Mr. Mehta worked for Union Carbide India. He is a Commerce graduate and a Chartered Accountant. He has also completed Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.
He is a Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Stakeholders’ Relationship Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the Company.
Satish Pai, Managing Director, Hindalco Industries
Mr. Satish Pai is the Managing Director of Hindalco Industries. Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group,.Mr. Pai worked with Schlumberger Ltd. as the Executive Vice President, Worldwide operations, where he was responsible for all aspects of operations for Schlumberger globally. Mr. Pai has held various chief positions including large P&L responsibilities in his 28-year-long career with Schlumberger Ltd. He has led many mergers and acquisitions for Schlumberger Ltd., apart from holding global roles in leading Oilfield Technology Services, IT Services, Human Resources and large manufacturing units. He is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Madras; Mr. Pai joined Schlumberger Ltd. as a field engineer in 1985.
Saugata Gupta, Managing Director & CEO, Marico Limited
Saugata Gupta, the Managing Director and CEO, had joined Marico Limited in January 2004 as head of Marketing. Gupta joined Marico in January 2004 as head of Marketing, and in 2007 was elevated as CEO of the company’s India business. In April 2013, Marico restructured its Consumer Product Business (CPB) in India and International Business Group (IBG) under Saugata’s leadership as the CEO of Marico, the unified FMCG business. In March 2014, Saugata was appointed as the Managing Director of the company. Prior to joining Marico, Saugata was Chief of Marketing and Group Sales at ICICI Prudential and was part of the startup team that was instrumental in establishing ICICI Prudential as the largest private sector Insurance firm in the country. Saugata started his career with Cadbury’s where he spent nine years in various roles in Sales and Marketing in India and the United Kingdom. His last role was Marketing Manager – Chocolates. Saugata has 20 years of experience primarily in FMCG sector. Saugata has accelerated the growth journey through innovation and has built a future ready organization with a value added portfolio.
Shikha Sharma, Managing Director & CEO, Axis Bank
Mrs. Shikha Sharma is the Managing Director & CEO of Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank in India. She joined Axis bank in 2009. Mrs. Shikha Sharma has more than three decades of experience in the financial sector. She started her career with ICICI bank in 1980. In her last assignment at ICICI, as MD & CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance company, she amazingly contributed to make it the number 1 private sector life insurance company in India. Her achievements in the financial sector have received wide recognition. She has received many business awards notably, ‘Banker of the Year’ for 2014-15 by Business Standard, AIMA – JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award for the Year 2014, India’s Most Valuable CEOs by Businessworld-2013, India’s Best Women CEO by Business Today- 2013 and many more. Axis bank has received many awards under her leadership. ‘Bank of the Year in India’ for the year 2014 by the Banker Magazine, Financial Times. The Bank was conferred the certificate of recognition for excellence in Corporate Governance by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), for the year 2015. Acknowledging her efforts, Harvard Business School has published a case study on ‘Managing Change at Axis Bank’, in 2013.
Sunil Mehta, MD and CEO, Punjab National Bank
Shri Sunil Mehta MD and CEO of Punjab National Bank is a Post Graduate in Agriculture, MBA in Finance and a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). He is a seasoned banker with over 35 years of rich experience in various administrative and functional capacities at Branches, Zonal Offices, and also at the Head Office level. He started his banking career as an Agriculture Field Officer at Allahabad Bank in 1982.He has held various important positions during the course of his career in view of his expertise in agriculture, retail, credit and planning & development. He was a member of Govt. of India delegation to Israel in the year 2000 for study of Developmental Model of Hi-tech Agriculture for exploring its implementation in India. He has also attended Management Development Programme at IIM, Kolkata and participated in a seminar on Economic Challenges being faced by developing Economics at Istanbul, Turkey.Prior to assuming the position of MD & CEO, he was Executive Director of Corporation Bank.
Siddhartha Lal, MD and CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd.
Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Eicher Motors Ltd. holds a Masters degree in Automotive Engineering from University of Leeds and is a Cranfield University qualified mechanical engineer. Siddhartha is also an Economics graduate from St. Stephens College in Delhi and an alumnus of The Doon School. Siddhartha Lal is credited with the turnaround and revival of the renowned Indian motorcycle “Royal Enfield Bullet” (manufactured by Royal Enfield). Since October 2012, Siddhartha is the Chairman of VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV); a joint venture between Volvo group and Eicher Motors Ltd. (EML). July 2012 onwards, Siddhartha is also the Chairman of Eicher-Polaris Private Limited (EPPL), a newly formed 50:50 strategic joint venture between Eicher Motors Ltd. and US based Polaris Industries Inc. that will design, develop, manufacture and sell a full new range of personal vehicles. Siddhartha helped stimulate the company’s fortunes and also strengthened stakeholders’ involvement with the brand. Siddhartha is also ardently involved in the subject of transportation and the role it has to play in sustainability, especially in urban settings; and its role on our health, safety and quality of life.
Steffen Berns, Managing Director, Bosch
Dr. Steffen Berns is the Managing Director of Bosch Limited since January 2013 and has been associated with the Bosch Group since 1990. He was born in 1963 in Wuppertal, Germany. A doctorate in mechanical engineering, he has a broad technical and managerial experience combined with varied international exposure. Dr Berns joined the Bosch Group in Stuttgart, Germany in 1990. He has a broad spectrum of technical and managerial experience combined with rich international exposure. He worked in the Bosch Group in India from 1996 to 1999, responsible for OE sales and R&D and later as managing director of Robert Bosch Engineering Business Solutions. Prior to his new role, Dr Berns headed electronics business of the Diesel Division and since 2006 has been member of the Board of Bosch Gasoline Systems Division at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. From 1996 to 1999 he had his first spell in India as General Manager of R&D and technical sales at Bosch Limited (then MICO) Bengaluru, India. Steffen brings with him a wide range of experience and expertise in several automotive domains. His prudent insight garnered from his various technical and senior management roles will augur well for Bosch in India. Bosch in India would continue to grow under his leadership. His hobbies include classical western music, hiking and water-sports and travelling with family.
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Airtel
Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises. Sunil Mittal was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2007. Sunil is currently the First Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He also serves on the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Trade & Industry, Chairman – World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Telecom Steering Committee and Member of International Business Council – WEF, Telecom Board of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Commissioner of the Broadband Commission and the Singapore Prime Minister’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. He is the Co-Chair of the India-Africa Business Council and India-Sri Lanka CEO Forum as well as member of the India-US, India-UK and India-Japan CEO Forums. He believes in giving back to society. His Bharti Foundation operates 254 schools, numerous remedial centers and renders quality support to the government schools. He was ranked among the Top 25 philanthropists in the World 2009 by the Barron’s Magazine. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation, an initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
Sunil Duggal, CEO, Dabur India Limited
Mr. Sunil Duggal is the CEO of Dabur India Limited since June 2002. He holds the reins of the organization since he joined in 1995. He started his career as a management trainee in Wimco Limited in 1981 after getting his Engineering Degree (Electrical & Electronics) from BITS, Pilani, and Business Management from IIM, Calcutta. His stint at Wimco continued till 1994, with a break in between when he joined Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. for a short period. In 1994, he moved to Pepsi Foods as GM, Sales Operation. In 1995, he came into the Dabur family, as General Manager (Sales & Marketing), of the Family Products Division with products like Dabur Amla, Lal Dant Manjan and Vatika in his portfolio. Spanning a career of over 20 years, Sunil Duggal has travelled widely across India and handled diverse portfolios that have helped him understand the dynamics of FMCG businesses and market trends. He is well versed in the intricacies of India’s regional diversities and consumer needs. He stands testimony to Gandhiji’s statement that the real India resides in its villages. He believes in the immense potential of the rural areas and therefore, he is ensuring that the company does not stop investing in rural infrastructure and employment generation. He does not shy away from taking risks and believes in empowering his employees to take their own decisions with respect to company matters. He does not believe in any unfair hierarchical set-ups which might hinder the way in which the employees in an organization improvise and take decisions which are fruitful for the organization.
Sunil Duggal, CEO, Hind Zinc
Sunil Duggal was appointed as CEO and whole-time Director on October 1, 2015. Duggal had joined Hindustan Zinc in 2010 as Executive Director and became COO in 2012. In 2014, Duggal was designated as Deputy CEO of Hindustan Zinc. He is a result oriented professional with over 32 years of experience of leading high performance teams and more than 18 years in leadership positions. He is known for his ability to keep a level head at all times, nurture and grow a business, evaluate opportunities and risks and successfully drive efficiency and productivity whilst reducing costs and inefficiencies and deliver innovative solutions to challenges. He has played a noteworthy role towards sustainability and safety awareness, built best-in-class mining and smelting techniques, mechanization and automation of operational activities, successful commissioning and ramp up of mining, smelting and refinery units at Hindustan Zinc. He is an alumnus of IMD Lausanne, Switzerland and IIM. He has electrical engineering degree from Thaper Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala. Duggal has been honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Award for Environment Excellence in 1998 and has also published various articles in science and technology section of newspapers.
Sunil Mathur, Managing Director & CEO, Siemens India
Mr. Sunil Mathur is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Ltd. Mr Mathur has been with Siemens for over 26 years, holding several senior management positions in Germany and the UK in the energy and industry sectors.
Mr. Mathur earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Punjab University and is a Chartered Accountant (member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India).
He started his career in the Internal Audit team in Delhi in 1987; he moved on to join the Business Administration Group in the Energy Sector. He was Cluster CFO for South Asia in July 2008 and was Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Ltd. from December 2008 till December 2013. During his stint as the CFO of Siemens India, Mr. Mathur was part of Siemens AG CFO’s Management Team that consisted of the Sector CFOs, the Heads of the Corporate Departments and selected Country CFOs.
Suresh Narayanan, Directors, Nestlé India Limited
Suresh Narayanan joined the Board of Directors of Nestlé India Limited as Managing Director from August 1, 2015. He was designated as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company from October 29, 2015. He is also the Chairman of Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors of the company. Narayanan, a master’s degree holder in economics and has a Diploma from the IMD Program for Executive Development and has participated in the Nestlé Leadership Program of the London Business School. He has over 30 years of rich and exhaustive experience in the FMCG Industry and has held senior management and top leadership roles in leading global companies. He joined the Nestlé group in 1999 in India. He flew internationally in 2003 with several assignments in south East Asia. He was awarded the Medal of Commendation by the Government of Singapore in 2010, for excellence in employee relations. He moved to Nestlé Egypt as Chairman and CEO and Head of NEAR, where his initiatives resulted in significant business growth and investments despite the turbulence and volatility faced by the region. He is a trustworthy official of the firm who lead many institutions of the firm globally. He spearheaded major structural and strategic changes in sales and customer management in the Nestlé’s South Asia Region. Narayanan served as the chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines before flying back to India. Arrival of new country head was a smart move.
Sutirtha Bhattacharya, Chairman & MD, Coal India Ltd.
Sutirtha Bhattacharya, a Telangana Cadre IAS officer of 1985 batch, formally assumed the charge as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the coal mining monolith Coal India Limited (CIL) on 5 January 2015. A Physics graduate from Presidency College, Kolkata Shri Bhattacharya has vast and varied experience in different sectors in governance. He was collector and District Magistrate of Prakasham District. As Principal Secretary (Energy), Government of Andhra Pradesh, Bhattacharya’s prime concern was to ensure quality power supply at reasonable price to all consumers in the state. He had been Managing Director of Nizam Sugar Factories, Commissioner of Industries, Secretary in-charge of Irrigation Department, the biggest infrastructure department in Andhra Pradesh. As CMD, TRANSCO he had been chairman of A.P. Coordination Committee reviewing all AP DISCOMS. He had been Principal Secretary (Energy) and in that capacity Chairman, APGENCO. Prior to this he was CMD of the Telangana based Singareni Collieries Company Limited since 10 May 2012.
Tom Albanese, CEO, Vedanta
Tom Albanese is the CEO of Vedanta Resources Plc and Vedanta Limited (Formerly known as Sesa Sterlite Ltd.), a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Plc. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mineral Economics and a Master’s in Mining Engineering from the University of Alaska. Prior to this, Tom was the Chief Executive of Rio Tinto, a global diversified mining company, from May 2007 to January 2013. Tom joined Rio Tinto as the Chief Operating Officer when the company acquired Nerco in 1993. Tom is also on the Board of Directors of Franco Nevada Corporation, a Toronto-based gold-focused royalty and metal streaming company with assets around the world, which he joined in August 2013. Tom received the ‘Mining Foundation of the Southwest’ 2009 American Mining Hall of Fame Award, for his dedication, knowledge, leadership and inspiration to his peers in the mining industry. In 2009, he joined the Board of Visitors for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in North Carolina.
Uday Kotak, Chairman & M D, Kotak Mahindra Bank
Uday Kotak is the Vice Chairman and the Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank. He is a self made Indian businessman and has created a brand name in the banking and investment industry. Uday holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.No sooner did he graduate than he made his entry into the finance business. Nelco, a subsidiary of Tata needed working capital and Uday took advantage of this opportunity. He formed a small trade-finance business by convincing his family and friends to lend money to Nelco. The move proved to be very profitable and in 1986, Uday established his own company Kotak Mahindra with an initial investment of Rs 30 lakhs and took 50 percent stake in the business. Over the years, Kotak Mahindra group has grown into several areas like stock broking, investment banking, car finance, life insurance, mutual funds etc.
Umang Vohra, Managing Director, Cipla
Umang Vohra is the Managing Director & Global Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Umang joined the company in October 2015 as the Global Chief Financial & Strategy Officer and was elevated as the Global Chief Operating Officer as part of a planned progression. Prior to this, Umang was the Global Chief Financial officer of Dr. Reddy’s for four years and also worked with PepsiCo and Eicher Motors. Umang was the head of the North America business for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. He was actively involved in growing this business by over 60% to cross a $1 billion sales, almost half the revenues of Dr. Reddy’s, through several business development partnerships, acquisitions as well as growing the oncology health system business.
Umesh Govind Revankar, Managing Director & CEO, STFC
Mr. Umesh Govind Revankar is managing director and chief executive officer of STFC with effect from October 26, 2016.
Umesh Revankar holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Mangalore University and a master of business administration (MBA) in finance. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Revankar started his career as an executive trainee with the Shriram group in 1987. He has been associated with the Shriram group for the last 28 years and has extensive experience in the financial services industry. During his tenure with the Shriram Group, he has shouldered various responsibilities and worked in several key roles of business operations.
Vijay Kumar Sharma, Director, LIC Housing Finance Ltd.
Vijay Kumar Sharma took charge of LIC Housing Finance Ltd. (LIC HFL), as Director and Chief Executive in December 2010. He was elevated to the post of Managing Director and CEO in March 2013. He is in the rank of Executive Director of LIC of India since 2007.
LIC HFL, promoted by LIC of India in 1989, is a premier housing finance provider in the country with loan portfolio exceeding Rs.83,000 crores. With its best asset quality in the industry, LIC HFL has been a consistent performer having a CAGR of more than 25 percent for last 5 years on all 3 basic parameters viz., loan disbursement, portfolio growth and revenue.
He was the one who introduced “JanshreeBimaYojana”forWomen Self Help groups all over the country launched in Andhra Pradesh at the hands of Smt Sonia Gandhi. He is the architect of “AbhayaHastam”, a prestigious pension scheme for unorganized sector of Government of Andhra Pradesh. He holds a PG degree in science.
Vinita Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Lupin Pharmaceuticals
Vinita Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer of Lupin Limited, is a graduate in pharmacy from the University of Mumbai and MBA from J L Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Under her leadership, Lupin has emerged as a global generic player, especially in the US market in addition to becoming a strong player in the pediatric branded market. She is also a Chief Executive Officer of Lupin Limited on the Board of Lupin Ltd. She was born into the pharmaceutical business, but it was her guidance and vision that established Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“LPI”) as the U.S. wholly owned subsidiary of Lupin Ltd. Gupta’s father, Desh Bandhu Gupta, founded India’s Lupin Ltd. in 1968, and Vinita accompanied him on business trips around the world. Through these early valuable experiences with her father, and her continued education in business, and pharmaceuticals, Vinita has developed great leadership skills and will continue to take Lupin Pharmaceuticals to new heights.
Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland Limited
Mr. Vinod K. Dasari is the Managing Director of Ashok Leyland Limited. Vinod earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from University of Louisville. He completed his MBA from Kellogg School of Management and his Masters in Engineering Management from McCormick School of Engineering, both from Northwestern University. Vinod commenced his career with the General Electric Company in 1986. After completing his MBA in 1992, he joined the Timken Company, USA as Senior Business Analyst, and then moved to Timken’s Indian operations as Director of Manufacturing and Technology. In 2002, he joined Cummins as Joint Managing Director. Vinod joined Ashok Leyland in 2005 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed Whole Time Director in 2008, followed by the current position of Managing Director in 2011.
He is currently the President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and President of Automotive Skill Development Council (ASDC). He serves on the Board of several subsidiaries of Ashok Leyland and is a Director of Pidilite Industries Limited. Vinod enjoys cricket, movies, and golf.
Vishal Sikka , Chief Executive Officer, Infosys
Dr. Vishal Sikka is Chief Executive Officer of Infosys. Prior to joining Infosys, Dr. Sikka was a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, leading all products and technologies, including all of product development, and driving innovation globally. He is credited with accelerating SAP’s development processes, transforming its innovation culture and leading several successful product co-creation initiatives with clients. He is also the creator of the concept of ‘timeless software’, which represents the renewal of products without disruption to customer environments. Sikka left the SAP board in May 2014. He has helped in transforming the company during a time of significant change in the services industry, change that was brought on by the cost imperatives of clients on the one hand, and significant and rapid advancements in technology on the other hand. Key initiatives such as Zero Distance, which focuses on finding innovation in every project for every client, on an ongoing basis, has set a precedent in the industry for driving grassroots innovation. In addition, Dr. Sikka has created a strong focus on learning and education within Infosys, a culture which not only drives value for clients and the entire Infosys ecosystem, but extends outside the company as well. Dr. Sikka is especially known for his championship of technology as an amplifier of human potential and his passion for applying software in purposeful ways to address some of the biggest global challenges. His experience includes research in artificial intelligence, intelligent systems, programming languages and models, and information management – at Stanford University, at Xerox Palo Alto Labs, and as the founder of two startups. Dr. Sikka received his BS in Computer Science from Syracuse University. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman, Motherson Sumi Systems Limited
Vivek Chaand Sehgal is the chairman of Samvardhana Motherson Group. Motherson Sumi Systems Limited (MSSL) is the flagship company of the Samvardhana Motherson Group. He has been the Chairman of Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. since November 5, 2012 Mr. Vivek Chaand Sehgal is a promoter of Samvardhana Motherson Finance Limited and established Motherson in 1975 and Motherson Sehgal Cables in 1977. He served as Executive Officer of Sumitomo Wiring Systems Ltd. He has over 36 years of experience in the auto industry. He has been an Executive Chairman of Samvardhana Motherson Finance Limited since September 14, 2009. Mr. Sehgal serves as Group Chairman of SMR. He serves as the Chairman of Motherson Group. He serves as the Non-Executive Vice Chairman of Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. (MSSL).
Vivek Gambhir, MD, GODREJ CONSUMER PRODUCTS LIMITED
Vivek Gambhir is Managing Director, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL). He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS (Computer Science) and BA (Economics) from Lafayette College.
He joined Godrej Industries in 2009 as Chief Strategy Officer As a CSO, Vivek was very directly involved with GCPL. He was the key architect of GCPL’s 3 by 3 strategy, led mergers and acquisitions and was influential in driving the company’s international expansion efforts. He co-led Project Neo that developed the blueprint for integrating the erstwhile Godrej Sara Lee business with GCPL. He also led the process for a private equity investment in the company. Prior to joining the Godrej Group, Vivek was a partner at Bain & Company, one of the world’s leading business consulting firms. Vivek has written several columns for leading business publications on a variety of issues such as organizational transformation, innovation, brand profitability and sales force effectiveness. He also writes a weekly blog on leadership called ‘Monday-8AM’.
Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, Chairman, ITC
Yogesh Chander Deveshwar is an Indian businessman and mechanical engineer. He serves as the Chairman of ITC Limited. He joined ITC in 1968 and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Harvard Business School. He was appointed as a Director on the Board of the Company on April 11, 1984 and became the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board on January 1, 1996. Between 1991 and 1994, he led Air India as Chairman and Managing Director. He has led ITC’s strategic thrust to create multiple drivers of growth that would make a significant and growing contribution to the Indian economy. He also shaped and implemented a Strategy of Organization to effectively manage multiple businesses whilst retaining focus on each one of them, in the process deriving unique sources of competitive advantage from ITC’s diversity. Deveshwar has also championed the cause for Sustainability world-wide bringing into focus the need to innovate corporate strategies that not only enhance shareholder value but add significantly to the development of natural and social capital. Spearheading a journey of growth that has led the Harvard Business Review to rank him as the 7th Best Performing CEO in the world, his stewardship has guided ITC to become India’s foremost FMCG marketer, the country’s largest and greenest Paperboards and Packaging business, a globally acknowledged pioneer in farmer empowerment through its wide-reaching Agri Business, the second largest Hotel Chain in India and a trailblazer in ‘green hoteliering’. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ITC Infotech India Limited, is also one of India’s fast-growing IT companies in the mid-tier segment. Deveshwar is a Director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India. He is a member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance. He is also the former Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He serves on the National Executive Committees of some of India’s premier trade and industry bodies, and has served as a member of the UK-India CEOs Forum and US-India CEOs Forum instituted by the respective Governments. Deveshwar is a past President of CII.
He has been conferred with many awards till date. In 2011, Deveshwar was conferred the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards in the country, by the Government of India. Amongst several other awards and recognitions during his distinguished career, Deveshwar has been honored with the Global Leadership Award by the US-India Business Council of the US Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and many more.