Mumbai is all geared to play host to the India Business Leader Awards 2006 on December 7. This ground event will bring together the most revered names in India’s political, economic and social circles. This year’s theme centers around ‘Indian Business Leadership’s Going Global and Commending Key Architects of the New Indian Economy.
This year sees some of the biggest names in Corporate India vying for the Awards. They are among the country’s top five first generation Indian entrepreneurs who have defied traditions to build organisations with passion, determination and business acumen.
Capt. P Gopinath, who is at the top of this list, is a retired Air Force officer and Managing Director of Air Deccan. He is the pioneer of budget airlines in the Indian skies. Barely three years after its launch, Gopinath’s ‘Udipi in the Sky’ (as he calls it), claims to be India’s second largest airline with a market share of nearly 20 per cent.
Kishore Biyani started that out with a single apparel store in Kolkata in 1997, and today it has grown into India’s largest retail network, which has brands like Pantaloon, Big Bazaar and Food Bazaar.
His political lineage is impeccable – Kalanidhi Maran is Union Minister Murasoli Maran’s son and IT & Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran’s brother. And he also promoted Sun TV in 1992, which is now India’s second largest broadcast network with 14 TV channels, a DTH venture, radio channels and two Tamil newspapers.
Ajay Bijli is PVR’s Managing Director. Bijli revolutionised the cinema experience by pioneering multiplexes in India, bringing the dwindling audience back to the halls. He turned a film exhibition business into India’s largest multiplex chain. PVR claims to have had 8.75 million customers in 2005.
Tulsi Tanti heads the world’s fifth largest wind turbine generator manufacturer – Suzlon. Suzlon – which is also the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer in terms of market capitalisation.
Anil Ambani chose ‘self-reliance’ over Reliance. He built a Rs 1 lakh crore conglomerate in a year. Besides the many companies he’s a strategic investor in, Ambani’s company ADAE or Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Enterprises comprises leading telecom player Reliance Infocomm, Reliance Energy and Reliance Capital. Today, the Group claims to touch the lives of one in every 10 Indians daily.
Uday Kotak now heads a financial services conglomerate with interests in commercial banking, broking, investment banking, mutual funds and insurance. Kotak has also bought out his joint venture partner and the world’s largest investment banker Goldman Sachs.
The winners of CNBC-TV18 India Business Leader Awards this year would be chosen by a jury that includes giants like N R Narayana Murthy, Chief Mentor of Infosys; K V Kamath, CEO, ICICI Bank; Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of the AV Birla Group; and noted economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia.
Murthy said, “The winner can be someone who has the courage to dream big, the courage of conviction and who can make sacrifices in the interest of the community.”
“We need a leader who has demonstrated ability,” said Kamath.
“Look out for one, track record, and two, sustainability of the business model and whether they were able to build on it,” said Birla.