For taking risks when it mattered. For transforming M&M into a $16 bn corporation, with businesses ranging from automobiles to aviation
For product innovation, and for leading the National Stock Exchange to become one of the largest stock exchanges in the world.
For spearheading ICICI Bank through its consolidation phase. For strengthening the foundations for renewed growth and making the bank a nimble competitor.
For consolidating and growing a platform that touches lakhs of lives everyday. For leading IRCTC steadfastly, despite the constraints imposed by political interference in public sector undertakings.
For successfully taking on the Goliaths of the IT business. For leading the company to new segments and tweaking its model to make it even more successful.
For seeing a huge market in bus travel, before anyone else. He also found ways to extract multiple revenue streams from a single bus journey.
For building a for-profit model that provides farmers with valuable information through voice messages. Sharma's IKSL now covers the entire country and has a subscriber base of 20 lakh farmers.
For building India's third-largest auto components company, with a presence in most global automotive markets. With international acquisitions, turnover is over Rs 7,000 crore over.
For working hard to find new ways to balance the interests of all stakeholders - from consumers to shareholders to employees, suppliers and society at large.
For building Hero Group into the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer(by volume)and now rebuilding it after the breach with Honda.