Forbes India announces Leadership Awards 2015


Forbes India has been celebrating entrepreneurial capitalism, in line with the Forbes DNA defined almost a century ago in the US. It shares the vision that over the next decade, India has a never-before chance to create an entrepreneurial renaissance. Forbes believes in the spirit of fairplay: that entrepreneurs need to follow the rules while creating value for all stakeholders. One way they seek out and recognise outstanding leaders who lead from the front every year is the Forbes India Leadership Awards.

The brand has instituted the distinctive annual awards to recognise transformational leadership across the entrepreneurial firmament, from start-ups and mid-sized firms to the more mature organisations of global scale. The categories also reflect the magazine's charter. The nine awards recognising outstanding CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders who have built enterprises that have had a deep and enduring impact on the wider society were presented at a function attended by the crème-de-la-crème of India Inc in Mumbai recently.

The achievement of this year’s winners assumes added significance since many of the business leaders felicitated have braved difficult local and global economic conditions to steer their organisations towards operational excellence.

The process for organizing the awards started almost six months ago, with research on qualitative and quantitative parameters. The long-list of nominees for each category was whittled down by June. In late June, the jury headed by Mr Harsh Mariwala, chairman of Marico Ltd, examined the nominations and came up with the set of winners. The other members of the jury were Naina Lal Kidwai, chairman, HSBC India and director, HSBC Asia Pacific; Manish Sabharwal, co-founder and chairman of TeamLease Services; Noshir Kaka, managing director of McKinsey India; Sanjay Nayar, CEO of KKR India; and Akhil Gupta, former senior managing director and chairman of Blackstone India.

KPMG, were the knowledge partners for the event and the ceremony was executed by Percept.

Below mentioned are the winners of the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2015:

1)Outstanding Start-up for the Year

Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati – Ola

2)Nextgen Entrepreneur for the Year

Siddhartha Lal – Eicher Motors Ltd

3)Entrepreneur with Social Impact

Samit Ghosh – Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd

4)Conscious Capitalist Company for the year

Godrej Consumer Products Ltd

Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul)

5)Best CEO – Multinational Company

Uday Shankar – Star India Pvt. Ltd

6)Best CEO - Public Sector

Arundhati Bhattacharya – State Bank of India

7)Best CEO - Private Sector

CP Gurnani – Tech Mahindra Ltd

8) Lifetime Achievement Award for the Year

RC Bhargava – Maruti Suzuki India Ltd

9)Entrepreneur for the Year

Uday Kotak – Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd


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