CNBC TV 18 has announced the winners of the India Business Leader Awards 2007. The awards, which have entered into its third year, felicitate the doyens of the India corporate sector. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries, was awarded ‘Outstanding Business Leader of Year’; Indira Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, Pepsico, won the ‘Indian Global Achiever of the Year’ award; while and Late Aditya Vickram Birla was named winner under the ‘Hall of Fame’ category.
Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of External Affairs, was felicitated in the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of India Business’, while actor Shah Rukh Khan was honoured in the category of ‘Entertainment Business Leader of the Year’.
P R S Oberoi of EIH Limited won the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, while Shikha Sharma, CEO, ICICI Pru Life, bagged the ‘Outstanding Business Women of the Year’ award. The ‘India Innovator of the Year’ award went to Marital Rolland of Nestle India, while Harish Manwani of Hindustan Unilever won in the ‘India Corporate Citizen of the Year’ category.
Dilip Sanghvi of Sun Pharma bagged the ‘First Generation Entrepreneur of the Year’ award; while the ‘Best Talent Management Award’ went to Rakesh Makhija of SKF India.
All winners were selected through a rigorous judging process led by an eminent jury comprising K V Kamath, MD and CEO, ICICI Bank, as Chairman of the jury; while Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairperson, AV Birla Group; Uday Kotak, Executive Vice Chairman and MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank; and R Seshasayee, MD, Ashok Leyland, completed the jury.
Commenting on the occasion of the awards, Haresh Chawla, Group CEO, Network18, said, “CNBC TV18’s India Business Leader Awards honours the highest levels of business leadership, and acknowledges individuals who have championed the Indian growth story and economic agenda of the country. These awards recognise the spirit of these business leaders in taking India on the global stage as well.”
The awards ceremony was preceded by the ‘India SWOT’ debate, where several leaders applied the most well known corporate analysis tool to the state of nation. The debate was conducted on a note that India had completed 60 years of Independence, and that a reality check was necessary before the nation made its next foray on the global stage. The debate was led by thought leaders like Kamath, Seshashayee and Gurucharan Das. Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN-IBN, too, participated in the debate, and gave his views on corporate governance in India.