Honchos win top honours at Forbes India Leadership Awards 2012

01 Oct,2012

By A Correspondent


Forbes India announced the names of the awardees at the second edition of the much awaited Forbes India Leadership Awards in Mumbai on the weekend. Celebrating transformational leadership, this year Forbes India honoured outstanding leaders who have epitomized success in their fields and are the visionary champions in creating a sustainable future.


After an exhaustive screening process, the shortlisted nominees were scrutinized by the jury panel comprising industry veterans like K V Kamath (chairman of the jury), Adil Zainulbhai, Zia Mody and other prominent business personalities. The award winners are:


Outstanding Start-up – Manish Khera / Rishi Gupta – FINO

NextGen Entrepreneur for the Year – Vinod Ramnani, Opto Circuits

Best CEO – Public Sector – M D Mallya, Bank of Baroda

Best CEO – Private Sector – N Chandrashekharan, TCS

Best CEO – Multinational -Nitin Paranjpe, HUL

Woman Leader for the Year -Mallika Srinivasan, TAFE

Entrepreneur with Social Impact -William Bissell, FabIndia

Entrepreneur for the Year – Kumar Mangalam Birla, Aditya Birla Group

Conscious Capitalist for the Year – Kamil Hamied, CIPLA

Lifetime Achievement – E Sreedharan, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation


The awards were given at a glittering ceremony attended by the who’s who of corporate India. One of the highlights of the evening was the three-minute talk given by some of the most illustrious names in the industry on the topic “The one thing that will change everything for people in this room, except that they haven’t heard of it.”


Adil Zainulbhai, MD, McKinsey & Co, India stated that all leaders need to consider humility as an important personality trait. He also mentioned that leaders must also remember other leaders who were unassuming enough to help them when required.


William Bissell, MD, FabIndia spoke about how we need new methods of measuring progress as conventional ones have failed. He also pointed out that what’s going to change in the future is how we define success and benefit.


Karl Slym, MD & CEO, Tata Motors spoke about the future of transportation. How about living in an age where smart cards actually drop you right at your doorstep? More greenery and more open space is the road ahead. He also stated that the speed of decision-making is the key for leadership.


More details on the awards, jury, winners and nominees are at http://forbesindia.com/leadershipawards/index.html


Speaking on the occasion, Gurmeet Singh, CEO, Forbes India said, “The response we have received for the second year of Forbes India Leadership Awards is tremendous and very encouraging. We are delighted with the wonderful and out-of-the-box ideas shared this evening and hope that this platform inspires new and more absorbing conversations to be taken forward.”


The presentation ceremony was concluded with a ‘fireside chat’ between Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, founder of the Isha Foundation, and K V Kamath, non-executive chairman, ICICI Bank and chairman, Infosys. In this chat anchored by Indrajit Gupta, Editor – Forbes India, the duo explored some of the key challenges facing Indian business leaders over the next five years. They also discussed how business leaders prepare themselves and their organisations for this journey.


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