Categories & Nominees

Outstanding StartUp

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

Eligibility Criteria

Enterprise with a maximum market presence of five to seven years and an annual turnover of at least 100 crore. The company must have demonstrated outstanding innovation by creating a platform that is scalable.

The Nominees for 2017:
  1. Freshworks
    Girish Mathrubootham

    (Founder & CEO)
  2. GreyOrange
    Samay Kohli & Akash Gupta

    (Founders)
  3. Lenskart
    Peyush Bansal, Amit Chaudhary & Sumeet Kapahi

    (Founders)
  4. Nykaa
    Falguni Nayar

    (Founder & CEO)
  5. ReNew Power Ventures
    Sumant Sinha

    (Founder, Chairman & CEO)

GenNext Entrepreneur

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

Eligibility Criteria

The new generation leader of a family-owned business, who has transformed his or her enterprise through an innovative approach (either through technology, product or business model). The business should have a minimum turnover of 1,000 crore.

The Nominees for 2017:
  1. Anant Goenka
    (MD, CEAT)
  2. Laksh Vaaman Sehgal
    (Director, Motherson Sumi Systems)
  3. Prashant Bangur
    (Joint MD, Shree Cement )
  4. Radhika Piramal
    (Vice Chairman & Executive Director, VIP Industries)
  5. Ranjan Pai
    (Chairman, Manipal Education and Medical Group )
  6. Yogesh Agrawal & Rajesh Agrawal
    (MD/Joint MD, Ajanta Pharma)

Best CEO - Public Sector

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

The Nominees for 2017:
  1. Abhaya Prasad Hota
    (MD & CEO, National Payments Corporation of India)
  2. Anoop Kumar Mittal
    (Chairman & MD, NBCC (India))
  3. B Ashok
    (Chairman (July 2014–May 2017), Indian Oil Corporation )
  4. Dinesh Sarraf
    (CMD, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation)
  5. Indu Shekhar Jha
    (Chairman & MD, Power Grid Corporation of India)
  6. MV Gowtama
    (CMD, Bharat Electronics)

Best CEO - Private Sector

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

The Nominees for 2017:
  1. Ajay Srinivasan
    (CEO, Aditya Birla Capital)
  2. Bhaskar Bhat
    (MD & CEO, Titan)
  3. HM Bharuka
    (MD, Kansai Nerolac)
  4. Rajeev Jain
    (MD, Bajaj Finance
  5. Sunil Duggal
    (CEO, Dabur)
  6. Varun Berry
    (MD, Britannia Industries)
  7. Vivek Gambhir
    (MD & CEO, Godrej Consumer Products (GCPL))

Best CEO - Multinational

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

The Nominees for 2017:
  1. NP Singh
    (CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India)
  2. Pramit Jhaveri
    (CEO, Citibank India )
  3. Roland Folger
    (MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India)
  4. Suresh Narayanan
    (Chairman & MD, Nestle India)

Entrepreneur with Social Impact

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

The Nominees for 2017:
  1. Chetna Sinha
    (Founder, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank)
  2. Dhruv Lakra
    (Founder & CEO, Mirakle Couriers)
  3. Handerto Harish Hande
    (Chairman, SELCO-India)
  4. Radha Ramaswami Basu
    (CEO, iMerit)
  5. Rajnish Dhall
    (MD, Micro Housing Finance Corporation Limited (MHFC))
  6. Umesh Malhotra
    (Co-founder & CEO, Hippocampus Learning Centres)
  7. Vineet Rai
    (Founder, Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group)

Entrepreneur for the Year

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

The Nominees for 2017:
  1. Ajay Piramal
    (Chairman, Piramal Group and Shriram Group)
  2. Ajay Singh
    (Chairman & MD, SpiceJet)
  3. Hari Mohan Bangur
    (MD, Shree Cement)
  4. Sanjiv Bajaj
    (MD, Bajaj Finserv)
  5. Venu Srinivasan
    (Chairman & MD, TVS Motor Company)
  6. Vivek Chaand Sehgal
    (Co-founder, Samvardhana Motherson Group)

Lifetime Achievement

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Adi Godrej
    (Chairman, Godrej Group)
  • AM Naik
    (Group Executive Chairman, L&T)
  • YC Deveshwar
    (Chairman, ITC)
  • Conscious Capitalist for the Year

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

    Eligibility Criteria

    An organisation with an annual turnover of at least 1,000 crore. The organisation must have demonstrated a higher purpose, apart from profit maximisation. This should be evident in the way the company deals with all its five stakeholders—employees, customers, suppliers, the community and shareholders.

    The Nominees for 2017:
    1. Equitas Holdings
    2. Gruh Finance
    3. IFMR Capital
    4. Janalakshmi Financial Services
    5. Zoho Corp

    Value Creators

    A fast-growing company that is on the cusp of breaking out and exhibits future growth potential though high-quality management, robust corporate governance practices and the ability to anticipate and effectively deal with opportunities and challenges in the marketplace.

    Eligibility Criteria

    A profitable company, which is at least 10 years old, with a turnover of at least 500 crore. The enterprise should be listed and have at least a 20 percent CAGR in market value over the last five years.

    The Nominees for 2017:
    1. Avanti Feeds
    2. Capital First
    3. CEAT
    4. Force Motors
    5. Mahindra CIE
    6. Kwality India
    7. Page Industries