Business Today, in a special initiative to recognise corporate performers, felicitated Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group, Ashish Dhawan, Senior Managing Director, ChrysCapital, and Michael Foley, Head of Design, Titan Industries, as being Young Super Performers in their respective categories.
While Birla was selected in the CEO category for ‘steering his organisation to greater glory’, Foley was the Ideator for ‘owning the year’s biggest idea’ and Ashish Dhawan as an Entrepreneur for ‘creating a business from scratch, altering the rules of the game’.
Praful Patel, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, gave away the awards. He, along with Aroon Purie, Chairman and Chief Executive, India Today Group, unveiled the special issue of Business Today on Young Super Performers.
The panel of judges comprised Munesh Khanna, MD, NM Rothschild India, Arun Nanda, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra, Sonal Agarwal, Director, Accord Group, and Vishal Marwaha, Henderson Global Investors. The survey methodology involved Business Today’s interactions with a wide cross-section of experts and industry watchers.
Purie said, “Since the future will be shaped by young industrialists, these awards are very important and, in fact, it is a movement which will continue to encourage and reward good performers.”
Said Sanjoy Narayan, Editor, Business Today, “The Business Today Young Super performer survey celebrates two things that provoke universal acclamation – youth and success. The winners are role models for an entire generation of young Indians.”
On being asked how it felt to get the award, Birla said, “It felt very nice. I would like to say that it’s all about teamwork, having a team that worked with commitment made all the difference.” Commented Dhawan, “It feels really nice to get the award.”
Observed aviation minister Patel, “The world is recognising the power of a different billion – a billion Indians. Such awards are important to recognise contribution made by youngsters towards the nation and the economy, and I am sure there are many achievers like Kumar Mangalam Birla in this country who can do us proud.”
On his work, Foley said, “The biggest challenge was to manufacture such a product (a watch just 3.5 mm thick) and also making it a reliable one. However, the success is a collective effort and contribution came in the form of creative ideas and excellent research and development support. From the design perspective, the difficult part was to make the customers appreciate the design.”