Winners - 2017
Entrepreneur for the Year
Hari Mohan Bangur, Shree Cement

For inculcating a culture of innovation and openness which allowed the company to scale up from 1.8 million tonnes in 2000 to a planned 40 million tonnes by 2020. Was the first to successfully use pet coke for energy, which allowed the company to reduce costs significantly

Best CEO - Private sector
Varun Berry, Britannia Industries

For five consecutive fiscals, Berry has kept Britannia Industries on a high double-digit growth trajectory, which has enabled the maker of Good Day biscuits to regain its position as the largest biscuit manufacturer in India. This, despite the fact that the biscuit market in India is growing at a snail’s pace

Best CEO - Public sector
Abhaya Prasad Hota, NPCI (retd)

For having the execution skills to transform a sensitive area such as India’s payments systems, which he has done over the past 20 years. Through the National Payments Corporation of India, he introduced a range of products including the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which has become one of the easiest and swiftest technology platforms to transfer money. NPCI, in which several of India’s top banks are shareholders, is today a multi-product, cash rich and profitable institution

Best CEO - MNC
Suresh Narayanan, Nestlé India

For pulling Nestlé India out of a crisis and putting the company on a new growth path

Outstanding Startup for the year
ReNew Power Ventures

Established in 2011, ReNew Power has become the largest independent power producer in the country, with 2 GW of installed capacity. It has attracted funds from a range of investors and has been profitable from its first year of operations

Conscious Capitalist for the Year
Zoho Corp

For consciously being an institution that works in the interest of all stakeholders, from the newest recruit to the most valued customer and society at large, with which Zoho fosters a symbiotic relationship

Gennext Entrepreneur
Anant Goenka, Ceat

For powering Ceat to exponential growth in turnover and profitability by focusing on higher-margin businesses, a unique distribution strategy and aggressive brand building. Anant also indoctrinated the company with the Japanese management strategy of total quality management, which he says has brought about a change in the “health” of the organisation

Entrepreneur with Social Impact
Chetna Gala Sinha, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation

For providing a platform for women’s empowerment in rural Maharashtra, not just by allowing them access to finance but also to financial and business literacy

Lifetime Achievement
Adi Godrej, Godrej Group

For a lifetime of contribution to Indian business by shaping the Godrej Group as a diversified multinational conglomerate, which has created value for all stakeholders while maintaining the highest standards of governance and ethics

Value Creator
Avanti Feeds

For creating a fast-growing company in a niche market. The stock of the company has gone up 800 percent over the last three years