A chief executive officer (CEO), chief administrator officer, or chief executive (CE), is one of a number of corporate executives in charge of managing an organization – especially an independent legal entity such as a company or nonprofit institution. CEOs find roles in a range of organizations, including public and private corporations, non-profit organizations and even some government organizations.
India is a great country, be it wonderful places, festivals, or food, it lives up with a glorified history of struggle, culture, heritage, and also numerous awesome successful entrepreneurs and it is the place where Asia’s richest person lives. The world’s largest democratic country sums up the victory by their respectful, successful, intellectual, intelligent, and zeal full minds. The money value of a person is strictly taken as a measure of one’s triumphs in life. Here we present India’s Top 80 CEOs who have paved the way of life in making themselves and their company a brand.
1. Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani (born 19 April 1957) is an Indian billionaire businessman, and the chairman, managing director, and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), a Fortune Global 500 company and India’s most valuable company by market value. According to Forbes, he is the richest person in Asia with a net worth of US$90 billion and the 11th richest person in the world, as of 2 December 2021. Mr. Ambani placed in the list holding 44.7% of stake in the company worth with almost salary of 15 crores per annum as the leader has created the space of Reliance Industries Ltd on the red-carpet glory. He is the only Indian businessman on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful people. As of October 2020, Mukesh Ambani was ranked by Forbes as the 6th-wealthiest person in the world. He is also Asia’s richest person with a net worth of $44.3 billion in July 2018.
2. Rajesh Gopinathan
Rajesh Gopinathan (born 1971) is the CEO and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization. He was elevated to the role of Chief Executive in February 2017 after serving as the Chief Financial Officer since 2013. Born in 1971, Rajesh is one of the youngest CEOs in the Tata Group. In 2001, Rajesh joined Tata Consultancy Services from the Tata Industries and worked to drive TCS’ newly established e-business unit in the United States. He was involved in the design, structure and implementation of the new organizational structure and operating model of the company. Rajesh took over as the Chief Financial Officer of the company in 2013. Prior to this role, he was Vice President – Business Finance, where he was responsible for the financial management of the company’s individual operating units. After serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the company for 4 years, he was elevated to the role of Chief Executive Officer in February 2017.
3. Dilip Shanghvi
Dilip Shanghvi (born 1 October 1955) is an Indian billionaire businessman and one of the country’s richest people. He is the Founder and CEO of Sun Pharmaceuticals. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honor of the Padma Shri in 2016. India Today magazine ranked him 8th in India’s most powerful people of 2017 list. According to Forbes, as of October 2021, Shanghvi is the 14th richest person in India with a net worth of US$14.3 billion. In 1982, the 27-year-old Sanghavi finally opened his first manufacturing unit with a capital of INR 10,000. He named his venture Sun Pharmaceutical Industries. The unit, located in Vapi in his native state of Gujarat, a short drive away from Mumbai, produced exactly one psychiatry drug. In April 2014 Sun, Ranbaxy, and Daiichi Sankyo (the majority shareholder in Ranbaxy) agreed that Sun would acquire all outstanding shares of Ranbaxy for $3.2 billion in Sun stock and that Sun would take on $800M in Ranbaxy debt, the deal closed in March 2015 and made Sun the largest drug company in India and fifth largest in the world.
4. Salil Parekh
Salil Parekh is the current chief executive officer and managing director of Infosys. Parekh took over from interim CEO U B Pravin Rao on 2 January 2018. He is a graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) in Aeronautical Engineering. Master of Engineering degree in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. Patience, persistence, and determination make an unbeatable package of triumph. Mr. Salil Parekh is one of the successful leaders who have taken the organization to the next level. The glorified IT company is lead by serving his wonderful time and consideration of nearly INR 35 crores. He was member of the group executive board, and was appointed deputy CEO in March 2015. He was responsible for overseeing a business cluster comprising Application Services and Cloud Infrastructure Services among others.
5. Sanjiv Mehta
Sanjiv Mehta (born 1959/1960) is an Indian business executive, and the chairman and managing director (MD) of Hindustan Unilever Limited, India’s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Company. Mehta became the CEO and MD of Hindustan Unilever in October 2013, and in June 2018 was appointed as the chairman and MD. He also heads Unilever’s business in South Asia, as cluster president encompassing businesses in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Mehta is a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive, its global executive board. He is a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and later completed the Advanced Management Programme from the Harvard Business School. In April 2002 he was appointed as the chairman and managing director of Unilever Bangladesh. In 2007, he moved to Manila as the chairman of Unilever Philippines, and in 2008 was appointed as the chairman of Unilever North Africa and Middle East (NAME).
6. Suresh Mangalani
Suresh Mangalani is the Chief Executive Officer of Adani Gas Ltd. Suresh is a seasoned professional with 29 years of varied experience in diversified businesses. He has immense experience in Oil & Gas projects & major specialization in conceptualizing, negotiating, forming & successfully operating City Gas Distribution businesses and joint ventures. Suresh started his career with Kelvinator (now Whirlpool India) and subsequently worked with GAIL, Mahanagar Gas (JV of GAIL and Shell) and India Gas Solutions (JV of RIL and BP). Prior to joining Adani Gas Limited, Suresh was working with Reliance Industries ltd. as Sr. Vice President & Head of Commercial of petroleum retail business. Suresh by profession is a Cost Accountant and has acquired educational degrees of M.COM, LLB, ACMA, FCS.
7. Suresh Narayanan
Mr. Suresh Narayanan joined the Board of Directors of Nestlé India Limited as Managing Director from 1st August, 2015. Mr. Narayanan has been designated as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Company with effect from 29th October, 2015. He is also member of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors of the
Company. Mr. Suresh Narayanan holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He has a Diploma from the IMD Program for Executive Development and has participated in the Nestlé Leadership Program of the London Business School. He has over 30 years of rich and exhaustive experience in the FMCG Industry and has held senior management and top leadership roles in leading global companies. Mr. Narayanan was Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines prior to joining Nestlé India as Managing Director. Mr. Narayanan joined Nestlé in 1999 as Executive Vice President for Sales in India, where he spearheaded major structural and strategic changes in Sales and Customer Management and set up the chilled dairy business. Mr. Narayanan began his career as a management trainee with Hindustan Unilever, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing and General Management. He has also worked with Colgate Palmolive in India.
8. Vinay Prakash
Vinay Prakash is the Chief Executive Officer of Adani Enterprise and Natural Resources. Mr. Prakash also holds key positions in various industry bodies and heads / headed committees of FIMI, ASSOCHAM, FICCI and CII where he facilitates exchange of ideas and collaboration, with a focus on responsible mining and sustainability. He has been honoured at many prestigious platforms and received the Global Business Excellence Award at World Petrocoal Congress 2017. Mr. Prakash holds B.Tech (Mechanical), PG Diploma in Operations / Material Management , MBA (Finance) and he is also pursuing PhD from Indian Institute of Technology-Indian School of Mines (IIT-ISM) on Sustainable Mining Practices. Prior to joining the Adani Group in 2001, he worked with the Aditya Birla Group for eight years. He is an enthusiast for energy security and sustainability, Mr. Prakash has nurtured the Natural Resources business of the Adani Group since its inception and oversees its diversification and expansion in India and abroad. Natural Resources division comprises of Integrated Coal Management, Iron Ore, Minerals, Bunkering, Mining, Cement & Aggregate Businesses.
9. Gopal Vittal
Gopal Vittal (born 1967) is an Indian business executive. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bharti Airtel (India) and South Asia, an Indian multinational telecommunications services company with operations in 20 countries. Vittal has an undergraduate degree from Madras Christian College and MBA from IIM Calcutta.After graduating from IIM Calcutta in 1990, he joined Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), one of India’s biggest FMCG companies. The 3rd largest telecom services provider of the nation, Bharti Airtel is headed by a phenomenal person also known as patron and philanthropist Mr. Gopal Vittal earning around 169.73 million towards annual remuneration disclosed in the 2017-18 annual report. In early 2013, Airtel announced that Vittal would be the next CEO of Airtel India and he took over as the CEO on 1 March 2013.
10. Vneet S. Jaain
Vneet S. Jaain is the Managing Director and CEO of Adani Green Energy Limited. He has been associated with Adani Group for over 15 years. During his association, he has been spearheaded on Group’s strategy for its Energy and Infrastructure business and has been instrumental growing various businesses from conceptualisation to operation – Renewable, Power generation, Transmission and Distribution. He was instrumental in setting up of Energy Network Operations Centre (ENOC) and also the Project Monitoring & Control Group – two of Group’s Centre of Excellence. He has led many first of its kind projects in the country driven by his deep technical understanding and sector focus. Under his able leadership Adani Group has executed and set-up several key energy projects like, then World’s largest solar plant (at the time) at Kamuthi, setting up of India’s largest solar module manufacturing facility, India’s first and longest private owned HVDC transmission network. Each of this projects are examples of benchmark in the Energy Industry.
11. Uday Kotak
Uday Suresh Kotak (born 15 March 1959) is an Indian billionaire banker and the executive vice chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank. In the early 1980s, while India was still a closed economy and economic growth was muted, Kotak decided to start out on his own, refusing a lucrative job option from a multinational. Over the next few years, he diversified his business into various areas of financial services, establishing a prominent presence in bills discounting, stockbroking, investment banking, car finance, life insurance and mutual funds. On 22 March 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. became the first company in India’s corporate history to receive a banking license from Reserve Bank of India. Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimated his wealth to be US$14.8 billion as of April 2021. In 2006 he ended a 14 year partnership with Goldman Sachs by acquiring its 25% stake in two subsidiaries for $72 million.
12. C. Vijayakumar
C Vijayakumar (also known as CVK) is the chief executive officer and Managing Director of HCL Technologies, a US$10.54 billion global technology company. Over the years, Vijay has previously held several technology, business and operational leadership positions at HCL. He is currently the Chairman of World Economic Forum’s IT Governor’s Community as well as a Board Member of the US-India Business Council. Vijay holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical & electronics engineering from PSG College of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India. C Vijayakumar joined HCL Technologies in 1994 in the founding startup team of Comnet as a senior technical engineer. Over the years, he held a wide portfolio of responsibilities in HCL across sales, operations and service delivery. He was appointed the company’s chief operating officer in July 2016 and later that year in Oct 2016, promoted to be the CEO, succeeding Anant Gupta. Prior to becoming COO of the company, CVK was the President of HCL’s Infrastructure Services business, a position he held since March 2015.
13. Amit Syngle
Amit Syngle is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Asian Paints. Amit Syngle, is a Mechanical engineer and a Postgraduate in Management ( 1990 Batch) from UBS, Chandigarh. He started his career with the company as a Management Trainee, and has been working with the company for last 29 years. He has worked in various capacities and across functions Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain & Research and Technology. Priorly as the company COO, he was heading the Indian Decorative business of more than US$ 2.5 billion. Before that he was the President – Sales & Marketing and was responsible for not only the Sales & Marketing at Asian Paints but also headed the Research & Technology function across the organization.
14. Ignatius Navil Noronha
Ignatius Navil Noronha, the chief executive officer of Avenue Supermarts Ltd which owns the DMart retail chain, has seen his net worth rise above a billion dollars since after an incredible 113% rise in company’s stock this year. Noronha was born and brought up in Mumbai and graduated from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies with a management degree. Noronha previously worked for FMCG giant Hindustan Unilever. Radhakishnan Damani, the founder of Avenue Supermarts, recruited him as the chief of business in 2004. In 2007, he became the company’s CEO. Avenue Supermarts’ stock soared to a new peak of 5,899 on the BSE, gaining as much as 10.7% intraday. Stocks have been moving upward for seven days in a row, gaining about 40% during that time. The 47-years-old Noronha has now surpassed Rs 7,744 crore in net worth, making him India’s richest professional manager. Hiss wealth gain resulted from a 19-fold increase in the value of Avenue Supermarts’ stock.
15. Sanjiv Bajaj
Sanjiv Bajaj (born 2 November 1969) is the chairman and managing director of Bajaj Finserv. Born into the Bajaj family, Sanjiv is the great-grandson of founder Jamnalal Bajaj and the younger son of Bajaj Group chairman, Rahul Bajaj. He pursued his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Pune, masters degree in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Warwick, and a management degree from Harvard Business School. Sanjiv began his career in 1994 with Bajaj Auto. He was credited in bringing American-style supply chain management in the Bajaj Auto using General Motors as a model. Currently, he is serving as the non-executive director of Bajaj Auto. After Bajaj Auto’s demerger in 2007, Sanjiv took charge as the managing director of Bajaj Finserv. He took over additional roles like the chairman of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, vice chairman of Bajaj Finance, and managing director of Bajaj Holdings & Investment Limited in the year 2012. Currently, he is the chairman and managing director of Bajaj Finserv.
16. Sanjiv Puri
Sanjiv Puri (59) is the Chairman & Managing Director of ITC Limited. Puri was appointed as a Wholetime Director on the Board of ITC with effect from December 6, 2015, Chief Executive Officer in February 2017 and re-designated as the Managing Director in May 2018. He was also appointed as the Chairman effective May 13, 2019. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Wharton School of Business. Puri joined ITC in January 1986. During his career of over three decades at ITC and its subsidiaries, he has held several business leadership positions and also handled a wide range of responsibilities in manufacturing, operations and information & digital technology. Puri served as Chief Operating Officer of ITC between July 2016 and January 2017, and prior to that as President, FMCG Businesses – Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care, Education & Stationery Products, Matches and Agarbattis, since December 2014. Earlier, he was the Divisional Chief Executive of the Tobacco Division since 2009, with additional responsibility for the Company’s Trade Marketing & Distribution Vertical. He led ITC Infotech India Limited (‘I3L’), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC, as its Managing Director from May 2006 to August 2009.
17. S N Subrahmanyan
Sekharipuram Narayanan Subrahmanyan (born 16 March 1960) is the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro. He took over the reins from Mr Anil Manibhai Naik on 1 July 2017. S N Subrahmanyan is also the Vice Chairman on the Boards of LTI and L&T Technology Services, Non-Executive Chairman of L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited and Vice Chairman of the Indian multinational IT and outsourcing company, Mindtree acquired March 2019. In February 2021, he was appointed Chairman of the National Safety Council (NSC) for three years by the Union Ministry of Labour & Employment. In July 2011, S N Subrahmanyan was appointed as full-time Director on the L&T Board and designated as Member of the Board and Senior Executive Vice President (Construction). In October 2015, he was designated Deputy Managing Director & President, L&T. In 2017, he was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) by the company’s board of directors.
18. Kenichi Ayukawa
Kenichi Ayukawa is Managing Director & CEO at Maruti Suzuki. A Law graduate from Osaka University, Japan, Mr. Ayukawa joined Suzuki Motor Corporation in 1980. Born in 1955, Mr. Ayukawa has handled several key assignments at Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan and in the Group’s overseas operations. Mr. Ayukawa served as Managing Director of Pak Suzuki Motor Company from May 2004 to June 2008. He served as Director on the Board of Maruti Suzuki India Limited from July 2008 to March 2013. Before taking charge as the Managing Director at Maruti Suzuki India Limited he served as Managing Executive Officer and Executive General Manager, Global Marketing at Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan.
19. C K Venkataraman
C K Venkataraman is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Titan Company Limited. Mr. Venkataraman, a post graduate diploma holder in Management from IIM-Ahmedabad, joined Titan Company Limited in 1990, and worked in the Advertising and Marketing functions before becoming the Head of Sales & Marketing for the Titan brand in 2003. Thereafter he took charge of the Jewellery Division in 2005 and last held the position of Chief Executive Officer, Jewellery till September 30, 2019. Subsequently, he assumed office as Managing Director of the Company from October 1, 2019.
20. Amitabh Chaudhry
Amitabh Chaudhry (born 1964) is an Indian banker, and the managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of Axis Bank, the third largest private sector bank in India. He joined Axis in January 2019, after heading HDFC Life Insurance for nine years. Chaudhry is an engineer from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and has done his post graduation in Business Management from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Prior to HDFC Life, Chaudhry was the MD and CEO of Infosys BPO and the Head of testing unit of Infosys Technologies Ltd. Chaudhry began his career with Bank of America in 1987 and undertook diverse roles such as Head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia, Regional Finance Head for Wholesale Banking and Global Markets, and Chief Finance Officer of Bank of America (India). Later, he moved to Credit Lyonnais Securities in 2001 as the Head of Investment Banking franchise for South East Asia.
21. Karan Adani
Karan Adani is the Chief Executive Officer of Adani Ports and SEZ Limited (APSEZ). He is currently spearheading a transformation at APSEZ to form an integrated logistics company with an objective to add further value for the customers. An economics graduate from Purdue University, USA, He is technologically savvy with a global outlook and believes in setting the highest benchmarks in all areas of business. He has successfully steered the growth strategy of APSEZ resulting in its rapid expansion from two ports to a string of ten ports and terminals. In 2009, Karan Adani joined Adani Ports & SEZ Limited (APSEZ). And, in the year 2016, he took over the operations of the company. In 2018, he led an acquisition campaign for Kattupalli port in Tamil Nadu (about 30 km from Chennai Port and adjoining the Ennore Port). The port was acquired from Larsen and Toubro and making it 10th port in APSEZ network. In 2019, he was appointed to head Adani Group’s airport projects which includes; Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Jaipur International Airport, Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Mangalore International Airport, and Trivandrum International Airport.
22. T. V. Narendran
T. V. Narendran (born 2 June 1965) is an Indian business executive. He is currently the global CEO and Managing Director of Tata Steel, one of the largest steel producers in the world. He is the current President of Confederation of Indian Industry. Narendran holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli (now known as National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli) and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Narendran joined Tata Steel in 1988 straight after his MBA from IIM Calcutta. He worked in the International Trading Division of Tata Steel from 1988 to 1997 wherein he spent five years in Dubai looking after Tata Steels’ exports to the Middle East. From 1997 to 2001, he spent time in Tata Steels’ marketing and sales division and was involved in market development work for the Cold Rolling Mill Project, Supply Chain Management, Sales Planning, etc. From 2001 to 2003, he was the Chief of Marketing & Sales (Long Products) and played a key role in building the ‘Tata Tiscon’ brand and the distribution network for the same. On 31 October 2017, he was appointed as the global CEO and MD of Tata Steel.
23. Vibha Padalkar
Vibha Padalkar is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of HDFC Life. Her upbringing was far from starry or luxurious. As the daughter of two hardworking public servants, she grew up understanding the importance of charting one’s own path into the world. Vibha was born in Chennai and did most of her schooling there. She is a chartered accountant who has been with the Indian life insurance company for more than 13 years, its CEO in 2018. In the fiscal year ending March 2021, HDFC Life, the largest private insurer in India, expanded its market share by 15.5% from 14.2%; it now insures over 40 million people across India. And despite COVID-19 devastating India, Padalkar has kept the company on an even footing. In the quarter that ended in June 2021, when the outbreak of the Delta variant quadrupled insurance payments and ate into the company’s profits, HDFC Life’s value of new business grew by 40%, increasing its market share further to 17.8%. In one of India’s largest insurance deals, HDFC Life also bought out its rival Exide Life Insurance in September 2021 for 66.87 billion rupees ($915 million) to boost its distribution of products across the country.
24. Bharat Puri
Bharat’s association with Pidilite began as an Independent Director of the company in 2008. His career has witnessed many achievements during his tenure at leading Indian and Global companies. In his last assignment, he was President – Global Chocolate, Gum and Candy Categories at Mondelez International, Zurich with worldwide responsibilities for the growth of these categories. Bharat started his career with Asian Paints in 1982 and rose to the position of General Manager – Sales & Marketing. He then moved to Cadbury in 1998 as Director of Sales and Marketing for Cadbury India. In 2002, he was appointed Managing Director South Asia, after which he moved to Singapore in 2006 where he was responsible for Strategy, Marketing and Sales for the Asia Pacific region. From then onwards, a series of senior leadership positions at the country, region and global level shaped his career. Bharat has completed his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
25. Sanjay Jalona
Sanjay Jalona is the CEO and Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI). Sanjay joined the company in 2015 and has since led a rapid and comprehensive transformation of LTI into a leading technology consulting and digital solutions company, partnering with some of the most prestigious global enterprises. Under Sanjay’s leadership, LTI has built deep digital capabilities and an enviable culture of client-centric innovation. Sanjay guided the company through one of the sector’s most successful IPOs in a decade and a rebranding effort that positioned LTI as a leader in convergence of digital and physical world. Under Sanjay’s leadership, LTI surpassed USD 1 Billion in revenue and has built a resilient portfolio with consistent growth and profitability. Since its IPO in 2016, company’s value has risen about three times and its stellar performance has led to LTI being added to various Indian and international benchmark indices. Less than four years after being listed, LTI got included in the NIFTY Next 50 Index of National Stock Exchange in February 2020.
26. Sunil Duggal
Sunil Duggal is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta. He is also serving as the Chairman of the Vedanta Ethics Committee, Anchor for Vedanta HSE Council, Vice Chairman – International Zinc Association, President – Indian Lead Zinc Development Association, Chairman – FIMI Non Ferrous Metals Committee, Co-Chair – CII National Committee on Mining for 2017-18, Co-Chair – FICCI Non-Ferrous Metals Committee 2018 and Chairman, Skill Council for Mining Sector, India. Result oriented professional with over 34 years of experience of leading high performance teams and 20+ years in leadership positions. He is keenly focused on Safety, Automation & Digitalization, I am leading HZL on a growth path with one of the fastest underground ramp ups globally (CAGR of +30%).
27. Jayant V Dhobley
Jayant Dhobley is currently Business Head and Chief Executive Officer, Global Chemicals, Fashion Yarn & Insulators. Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group in January 2021, Mr. Dhobley led Strategy & Operations for the Asia-Pacific region at Amcor Limited. He has over 30 years of experience in the Specialty Materials, Polymers, Packaging & Chemical Industries and has worked across multiple functions (P&L, Strategy, M&A, Projects and Operations) in both regional and global roles. Mr. Dhobley has a B.E. in Polymer Technology from the University of Pune and is a Life Member of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has attended Executive Leadership Programs both at Wharton School of Business, USA and Duke CE, USA.
28. Shrikant Madhav Vaidya
Shrikant Madhav Vaidya is a Chemical Engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. He has over 34 years of extensive experience in refining & petrochemicals operations. He has had a decade-long association with India’s largest cracker plant – the Panipat Naphtha Cracker Complex, a major driver of IndianOil’s petrochemicals business – right from the drawing board stage. He is among the select technocrats in the Indian oil & gas industry who are proficient in all facets of refinery-petrochemicals integration, desirable for the sustainability of the oil & gas industry in the long-term. Mr. Vaidya is also a Non-Executive Chairman on the Board of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (a Subsidiary of IndianOil), Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd., Indian Oiltanking Ltd., Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd. (all three are Joint Venture Companies of IndianOil). He is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Petronet LNG Ltd. (a Joint Venture of IndianOil) and President of World LPG Association, Paris.
29. Satish Pai
Satish Pai is Managing Director, Hindalco Industries and Director, Board of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd. He joined the Aditya Birla Group as the CEO of Hindalco’s Aluminium Business in August 2013. He has also served as the Deputy Managing Director of Hindalco and headed its copper business. Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Pai worked with Schlumberger based out of Paris for 28 years. Mr. Pai also serves as a Director on the board of ABB, Zurich. He is a life member of the Indian Institute of Metals and is a part of CII’s Task Force on China. He holds the position of Vice President and Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Aluminium Association of India and is the Chairman of FICCI’s Non-Ferrous Metals Committee. Mr. Pai holds a B. Tech degree from IIT Madras and received the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ in 2017. He was conferred the Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa (D. Litt) by Ajeenkya DY Patil University in 2020. Mr. Pai holds a patent in directional drilling.
30. Mohit Malhotra
Mohit Malhotra is a Management Graduate from Pune University and holds Executive Masters in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. He joined Dabur in 1994 and handled key assignments in Marketing and Sales. In 2001 he took over as the Business Head of European Union. In 2004 he moved into Dabur’s International Business as Head of Marketing, based in Dubai, and took over the reins as Chief Executive Officer of Dabur International in 2008. Mr. Mohit Malhotra is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the $1.2 Billion Dabur India Ltd. and is driving the Company’s agenda to popularize and contemporize Ayurveda while focusing on Dabur’s motto of being “Dedicated to the Health & Well-Being of every household”. Mr. Malhotra possesses a strong leadership record and has a deep understanding of the consumer and business landscape across geographies. His achievements in business have earned recognition at the global level. He has been ranked in Forbes Middle East’s list of Arab World’s leading Indian Executives, consecutively for 4 years in a row from 2014, besides being named the NRI Professional of the Year 2016.
31. Anish Shah
Dr. Anish Shah is a Non-Executive Director of Tech Mahindra Limited and the Managing Director and CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. He joined Mahindra Group in 2014, as Group President (Strategy), and worked closely with all businesses on key strategic initiatives, built capabilities such as digitization & data sciences and enabled synergies across group companies. In 2019, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director and Group CFO, with responsibility for the Group Corporate Office and full oversight of all businesses other than the Auto and Farm sectors, as a part of the transition plan to the CEO role. As a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in Boston, he worked across multiple industries, including banking, oil rigs, paper, paint, steam boilers and medical equipment. His first role was with Citibank in Mumbai, where he issued bank guarantees and letters of credit as Assistant Manager, Trade Services. Anish holds a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business where his doctoral thesis was in the field of Corporate Governance. He also received a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon and has a post-graduate diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has received various scholarships, including the William Latimer Mellon Scholarship, Industry Scholarship at IIMA, National Talent Search and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.
32. Deepinder Goyal
Deepinder Goyal, Founder & CEO, Zomato, is the Founder and CEO of Zomato. Prior to starting Zomato, Deepinder worked as a management consultant with Bain and Company in New Delhi. It was at Bain that Deepinder conceived the idea of an online restaurant information service after seeing the demand for menu cards among his colleagues. He left Bain in 2008 to start Zomato (then foodiebay) out of his apartment and has since overseen strategy and product development. Deepinder graduated with a Mathematics and Computing degree from IIT Delhi in 2005 and hails from Muktsar in Punjab. From zero to 4 million users per month, 8.5 lakh plus app downloads, 150 young and enthusiastic Zomans spread across 14 offices (2 outside India), 42,000 plus restaurant listings in India and 4000 plus in Dubai, and over 1000 clients, Zomato’s journey over the 4 years has been nothing short of exciting. They recently expanded from 10 to 12 cities in India with the launch of our Lucknow and Indore sections. They are currently working on the launch of 3 more cities within India and after the initial success of our Dubai section in the international markets we are now focusing on the launch other cities in the Middle East and South East Asia by the end of 2012.
33. Rajeev Talwar
Rajeev Talwar is Chief Executive Officer, Whole-time Director of DLF Ltd. Mr. Talwar is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, started his career as a Probationary Officer in State Bank of India and was selected for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1978. He held a number of important positions in the Central, State Governments and Union Territories. He possesses a rich experience of policy-making in crucial economic sectors in addition to management of a number of public sector enterprises and statutory bodies in the transport, tourism and infrastructure sectors. He was on the Board of Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation, Delhi Transport Corporation, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Indraprastha Gas Limited. As a Government officer, he is credited with a number of achievements. He was among the pioneers in the formulation, implementation and promotion of India’s tourism policy, including their marketing in India and overseas; he was instrumental in the preparation and implementation of Delhi’s environment and tourism policies. Mr. Talwar was instrumental for shifting all commercial vehicles in Delhi to CNG and associated for unprecedented increase in India’s port capacities mainly through private sector investment. He is President of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Director on the Board of several other companies.
34. Sudhir Sitapati
Sudhir Sitapati is the Managing Director and CEO of Godrej Consumer Products Limited. Prior to this, Sudhir was the Executive Director – Foods and Refreshments at Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL). In his 22 years at HUL, he led teams across several categories and functions in India, Europe, South East Asia, and Africa to create significant value for the business. Sudhir was appointed to the HUL Management Committee as an Executive Director in 2016, making him one of its youngest ever members. Under Sudhir’s leadership, HUL built up its Foods and Refreshments business as one of the largest in India. This included the USD 5 billion merger and integration of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare with HUL, the largest deal of its kind in the FMCG sector in India. In his previous roles, Sudhir was instrumental in creating a world-class Tea business for HUL in India and leading HUL’s Soaps business in the country. Sudhir has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a B.Sc. in Math with Economics Honours from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He is the author of the best-selling book ‘The CEO Factory: Management lessons from Hindustan Unilever’. Sudhir is married to Ketki and spends his free time trying to get his children, Sahaana and Kabir, interested in his own hobbies — tennis, Hindustani music, farming and scrabble. So far to not much avail.
35. Pramod Agrawal
Pramod Agrawal, an Indian Administrative Service Officer of Madhya Pradesh Cadre 1991 batch, took over as Chairman, Coal India Limited (CIL), the world’s largest coal producing company, on and from 1st February 2020. Prior to the assumption of the top post of the Maharatna coal mining behemoth, he was Principal Secretary, Department of Technical Education, Skill Development & Employment and Department of Labor, Government of Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Agrawal succeeds Mr. Anil Kumar Jha who stepped down as Chairman, CIL on attaining superannuation on 31st January 2020. A Graduate (B.Tech) in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai (1986), Shri. Agrawal completed his Post-Graduation in Design Engineering (M.Tech) from IIT, Delhi (1988). Mr. Agrawal received professional training in Project Appraisal and Risk Management from Duke University, Raleigh, USA; Management of Technical Cooperation Projects from ILOTC Turin; Programme on Infrastructure Development and Financing from IIM, Ahmedabad; Infrastructure Planning and Management from IIM, Bangalore; Study on Road Management Policies and Practices from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne.
36. Falguni Nayar
Falguni Nayar (born 19 February 1963) is an Indian businesswoman and billionaire who is the founder and CEO of the beauty and lifestyle retail company Nykaa. Nayar is one of two self-made female, Indian billionaires. Nayar is now the wealthiest female Indian billionaire with her estimated wealth to the tune of $6.5 billion, after recent listings, and in the top 20 richest people of India. Nayar was born and raised in a Gujarati family in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She is a graduate from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics and a postgraduate from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. In 1993, Nayar joined Kotak Mahindra Group for 19 years. In 2005, she was appointed as a managing director and exited in 2012. In April 2012, at the age of 50, she founded Nykaa with $2 million of her own money. Nykaa was worth $2.3 billion as of 2021 bringing Nayar’s fortune to an estimated $1.1 billion. Nayar is one of 2 self-made female Indian billionaires, the other being Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. Nykaa listed at $13 billion on 10 November 2021 making Nayar India’s richest self-made woman and is now among India’s top 20 richest people.
37. Varun Berry
Varun Berry is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Britannia Industries Limited. Mr. Varun Berry, holds a graduate degree in BE Mechanical from the Punjab University. He has also attended a course in Strategic Management from Wharton University and the Global Leadership Program at IMD, Switzerland. Mr. Varun Berry joined the Company as Vice President & Chief Operating Officer with effect from 1st February, 2013. He has an experience of over 27 years with premier companies like Hindustan Unilever and Pepsico, both in India and overseas and a successful track record in leading start ups, turnarounds, joint ventures and growth businesses.
38. Sunil Mathur
Sunil Mathur is managing director and chief executive officer of Siemens Ltd. Mr Mathur has been with Siemens for over 26 years, holding several senior management positions in Germany and the UK in the energy and industry sectors. Starting his career in the internal-audit team in Delhi in 1987, he moved on to join the business administration group in the energy sector. He became cluster CFO for South Asia in July 2008 and was executive director and chief financial officer of Siemens Ltd from December 2008 to December 2013. During his stint as the CFO of Siemens India, Mr Mathur was part of Siemens AG’s CFO management team, which consisted of the sector CFOs, the heads of the corporate departments and selected country CFOs. Mr Mathur earned a bachelor of science degree from Punjab University and is a chartered accountant (member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India).
39. Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Vijay Shekhar Sharma (born 1978) is an Indian billionaire businessman. He is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of financial technology company Paytm. He was ranked as India’s youngest billionaire in 2017 by Forbes with a net worth of $1.3 billion. He has been featured in Time Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Influential People 2017 List. He is the recipient of Yash Bharati, the highest civilian honor of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. In 2020, he was ranked as the #62nd richest person in India, with a net worth of US$2.35 billion, according to Forbes. In 1997, while in college, he started the website indiasite.net, and sold it two years later for $1 million. In 2000, he started One97 Communications which offered mobile content including news, cricket scores, ringtones, jokes and exam results. One97 is the parent company of Paytm, which was launched by Sharma in 2010. Paytm has over 400 million users who make 25 million transactions daily. In 2018, Sharma got Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett to invest $300 million in the company.
40. Neeraj Akhoury
Neeraj Akhoury is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ambuja Cement. Mr. Akhoury has a degree in Economics and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (GMP) and had studied General Management at XLRI, Jamshedpur. Mr. Akhoury brings with him 25+ years of rich experience in the steel and cement industries. He has worked in leadership roles in India and other emerging markets. He began his career with Tata Steel in 1993 and joined the Holcim Group in 1999. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Holcim India, heading corporate affairs followed by sales. In 2011, he moved to Nigeria as CEO & Managing Director of Holcim AshakaCem PLC. Thereafter, he was appointed as Strategy & Business Development Director for the Middle East & Africa at the a erstwhile Holcim headquarters in Paris. He was also the CEO of Holcim Surma Cement Limited and country representative of Holcim, Bangladesh. Mr. Akhoury was the MD & CEO of ACC Ltd. subsidiary of the Company till February 20, 2020 and presently continues as the Non-Executive director of ACC Ltd.
41. Siddhartha Lal
Siddhartha Vikram Lal (born October 1973) is the Chief Executive Officer of Eicher Motors. He is the son of Vikram Lal, and a former chief executive officer (CEO) and the current managing director (MD) of Eicher Motors, a director of Eicher Goodearth Limited and chairman and MD of VE Commercial Vehicles. Lal is credited with the turnaround and revival of Royal Enfield. Lal attended the St. Stephen’s College of University of Delhi for a bachelor’s degree in economics in the 1994. Between 1996-1998, he attained a postgraduate diploma in mechanical engineering from Cranfield University, and a master’s degree in automotive engineering from the University of Leeds in England. He joined Eicher Group in 1999, working in various capacities in the Eicher tractor division, and then became CEO of Royal Enfield in 2000 (at the age of 26) aiming to end the unit’s losses. In Jan 2004, Lal was appointed as the chief operating officer (COO) of Eicher Motors. In May 2006, Lal took over as the CEO and MD of Eicher Motors.
42. Abhijit Roy
Abhijit Roy is the Chief Operating Officer of Berger Paints India Ltd. He started his post MBA career in the year 1991. The foundation for his knowledge was laid at BE- Mechanical from Jadavpur University, Calcutta and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He started his career with Asian Paints (I) Ltd. After three years in Asian Paints working in Sales in West Bengal based out of Calcutta, Mr. Roy joined Lab Garnier, a division of L’Oreal in 1994 (when they entered India) and was instrumental in launching Ultra Doux shampoo and Synergie brands of Garnier in East India. He joined Berger in the year 1996 as Product Manager for ColorBank Tinting System. He was promoted as the GM Marketing in 2004 where he was responsible for the entire marketing function for Berger Paints Indian operations.
43. Debashis Chatterjee
Debashis Chatterjee is the CEO and Managing Director of Mindtree. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of IT, spanning customer relationship management, building and managing large business units, strategic alliances, M & A, change management and delivery management across multiple industries, business domains, technologies & geographies. In his earlier role, as President, Global Delivery and Digital Systems and Technology at Cognizant, DC was responsible for delivery of technology services across all industry segments. Additionally, he drove technology excellence as well as global client organizations. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he participated in charting the strategic direction of the company. He helped in laying the foundation of Cognizant’s Banking & Financial Services business and grew it to be the largest business within Cognizant.
44. Rajesh Thakur
Rajesh Thakur is the Chief Executive Officer of MothersonSumi INfotech & Designs Ltd. (MIND), a technology and industrial solutions division of the Motherson Group. A multi-disciplinary business leader, Rajesh has been instrumental in establishing MIND’s position as preferred IT services enabler for global enterprises. As the company’s CEO, Rajesh has been spearheading MIND’s technology-led transformation initiatives to help our customers leverage the power of next-gen technologies such as Digitalization, Industry 4.0, Cloud through a strategic and focused approach. His presence has been significant in enabling the global footprint for MIND. Under his leadership MIND has built on legacy strengths while forming strong teams across the globe.
45. Ashish Bharat Ram
Ashish Bharat Ram is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SRF Ltd. in January 2007. Under his leadership, SRF Ltd. has grown into a major global conglomerate with operations in four countries across India, Thailand, South Africa and Hungary. Its businesses cover a diverse portfolio of Fluorochemicals, Specialty Chemicals, Packaging Films, Technical Textiles, Coated and Laminated Fabrics and command a market leadership position, both in India and overseas. Prior to joining SRF Ltd. in 1994, Ashish had successful stints at DCM Toyota Ltd., SRF Finance Ltd., and SRF Overseas Ltd. handling a variety of functions that included Sales, Strategy, Marketing, TQM, among others. Ashish serves as the Regional Chair for South Asia for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is a member of the Northern Region Executive Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He holds a degree in Economics from Delhi University and an MBA from The Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.
46. Umang Vohra
Umang Vohra has been Managing Director and Global Chief Executive Officer (MD & GCEO) of Cipla since September 2016. Umang joined Cipla in October 2015 as its Global Chief Financial Officer, and from January 2016 to August 2016 was Cipla’s Global Chief Operating Officer. After gaining degrees in engineering, marketing and finance, Umang was associated with companies such as Eicher Motors and PepsiCo. Prior to joining Cipla, Umang was Head of the North America business for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. Through his previous roles in India and the USA, he has built a distinguished career spanning almost two decades with deep understanding and experience in various aspects of the global pharmaceutical business. Under Umang’s leadership, Cipla has built strong momentum in its home markets, augmented its capability, strengthened its core, and shown significant improvement in its operating margin and profitability. At the helm of the Management Council of Cipla, Umang’s big-picture agenda is to define and execute Cipla’s strategic growth roadmap and geographical footprint, identify the next levers of growth, invest in innovation for the future, and build the right organisation. Recognised as an action-oriented industry leader, Umang is a firm believer in the power of agile business models, disruptive technologies, data-driven analytics and a future-ready workforce with a view to shaping the healthcare ecosystem and making a difference to the lives of patients.
47. Hitesh Oberoi
Hitesh Oberoi is the Co-Promoter, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Info Edge. Mr. Oberoi’s prior experience includes a 4 year stint with Hindustan Unilever Limited where he last worked as a Regional Planning and Distribution Manager for its Ice Cream Division. With almost 18 years of experience in the internet industry, he is part of various industry forums. He is a charter member of the TiE, New Delhi and also the past Chairman of IAMAI – The Internet and Mobile Association of India. He is also a Founder an on the Board of Trustees of Ashoka University. Along with his partner, Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani, he won the Ernst & Young – Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008 for Business Transformation. He obtained a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in 1994 and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore in 1996. At IIM, he featured in the Director’s Merit List.
48. Bhargav Dasgupta
Bhargav Dasgupta is Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd. Since he took over the role in 2009, the company has strengthened its position as the country’s largest private non-life insurance firm, consistently delivering long term value to its stakeholders. ICICI Lombard is also the first non-life insurer to be listed on the stock exchanges of India. Bhargav’s philosophy of customer centricity has enabled the company to introduce several ‘best-in-class’ risk management solutions backed by the latest technology platforms to meet the risk mitigation needs of its customers.
49. Sunil A. D’Souza
Sunil Alaric D’Souza is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TATA Global Beverages Ltd. Sunil D’Souza assumed his role from 4th April, 2020, subsequent to the retirement of Ajoy Misra, who was the former MD & CEO of the Company. Sunil D’Souza priorly was the Managing Director of Whirlpool of India Ltd. His past four years at the helm of this Company have delivered strong growth and industry leading financial returns. Prior to his leadership stint at Whirlpool India, he has served in several leadership roles in Pepsico. During his fifteen year stint in Pepsico, he has handled all commercial aspects of the Company’s foods and beverages portfolio, and has led the business successfully in a large cluster of Asian countries. Sunil began his career at Brooke Bond Lipton India Ltd. in 1993. He has 26 years of rich and varied experience in the consumer goods industry, as well as in-depth understanding of the foods and beverages categories. He brings to bear strong focus on strategy, growth and execution, including inorganic growth, all of which will be important to TGBL as it prepares to enter a new phase of growth and transformation. Sunil is an engineering graduate from the University of Madras, and holds a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
50. Saugata Gupta
Saugata Gupta is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Marico Limited. He responsible for driving the company’s growth and operations both nationally and internationally. He has helped transform Marico into a high performing business with a commitment to sustainable development. In seeking to win amongst consumers, he has taken the company forward in developing top quartile capability and processes while continuing to focus on best in class governance and risk management while driving growth. Saugata joined the company in January 2004 as Head of Marketing and was elevated to CEO of the India business in 2007. In April 2013, Marico restructured its Consumer Product Business (CPB) in India and International Business Group (IBG) under Saugata’s leadership as the CEO of Marico Limited, the unified FMCG business. Thereafter, in March 2014, he was appointed as the Managing Director of the company. Saugata started his career with Cadbury (now Mondelez) where he spent 9 years in various roles in Sales and Marketing in India and the United Kingdom. Subsequently, he went on to become the Chief of Marketing and Group Sales at ICICI Prudential and was part of the startup team that was instrumental in establishing ICICI Prudential as the largest private sector insurance firm in the country.
51. Hina Nagarajan
Hina Nagarajan is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Diageo India effective from July, 2021. Earlier, she was Managing Director, Diageo – Africa Emerging Markets (AEM) since August 2018 leading business operations across Ghana, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Indian Ocean, Angola and other WACA countries. Her key responsibilities included P&L delivery, investment, category and whitespace entry strategies, corporate governance and compliance across all the business units in her region. Under her leadership, AEM transformed to become a significant growth driver for Africa whilst doubling operating margins.
52. Srinivas Sadu
Srinivas Sadu is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Gland Pharma. Mr. Sadu, Managing Director and CEO since 2019, he joined Gland Pharma in 2000 and rose up the ranks to become Chief Operating Officer in 2011. Beginning his career in Marketing at Smith Kline Beecham USA, he holds MS qualifications in Industrial Pharmacy from Long Island University, New York; MBA from University of Maryland, Baltimore; and postgraduate certification in Finance and Management from London School of Business and Finance. He has over 20 years of varied experience in International Business Development, Alliancing, Production, Engineering, Product Development and Supply Chain Management.
53. Shri Manoj Jain
Shri Manoj Jain is the Chairman & Managing Director, Director (Projects), Director (HR) of GAIL(India). He is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate and MBA in Operations Management possesses rich and diverse experience encompassing more than 34 years with GAIL (India) Ltd. in the areas of Business Development, Projects, O&M, Petrochemicals, Pipeline Integrity Management and Marketing which has allowed him to gain insight and knowledge across multiple business units and functional areas. As Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL (India) Limited, Mr. Manoj Jain is also currently Chairman of GAIL GLOBAL (USA) Inc. (GGUI), GAIL GLOBAL (USA) LNG LLC (GGULL), Mahanagar Gas Limited, Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited and GAIL Gas Limited. In his previous stint as Director(BD), he was responsible for building GAIL’s Business Portfolio in India and abroad, Merger and Acquisition, Petrochemical O&M and Expansion, Exploration & Production, R&D, Start–Up, Health Safety & Environment management, Quality Management, Project Development including feasibility study and investment approval for new pipelines, process plants, renewables etc. Mr. Manoj Jain was responsible for Gas Marketing activities in his role as Executive Director (Marketing-Gas). He also spearheaded the installation and commissioning of the USD 1.4 Billion grassroots Petrochemical complex, as Chief Operating Officer of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd, (BCPL).
54. Pavan Kumar Gupta
Pavan Kumar Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer of Muthoot Housing Finance. He has over 26 years of mortgage experience in sales & distribution, credit, operations, strategy & business development and general management. He has worked with leading housing finance companies like SBI Home Finance Ltd, BHW Birla Home Finance Ltd, Home Trust Housing Finance Ltd, Deutsche Postbank Home Finance Ltd and Dewan Housing Finance Ltd (DHFL). Prior to this role, he worked at Dewan Housing Finance Ltd as Business Head for Home loans and Head for International Business. He has an extensive experience of having worked in all parts of the country in his erstwhile assignments. Pavan has completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Utkal University and Chartered Financial Analyst from ICFAI, Hyderabad.
55. Amit Chadha
Amit Chadha is the Chief Executive Director & Managing Director of L&T Technology Services Limited.
Amit is the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) responsible for providing business & technology leadership, market direction and strategic vision to drive the company’s performance. Amit was previously Deputy CEO & Whole Time Director, running the gamut of business operations, delivery and sales & marketing at LTTS, and preparing the technology roadmap for the company’s future. Amit led LTTS’ executive management team that oversaw the organization’s business and strategy implementation. Amit has always been passionate about helping global R&D customers and Fortune 500 companies leverage L&T Technology Services’ digital engineering offerings for their strategic differentiation and product development.
56. Nitin Rakesh
Nitin Rakesh, an Indian-American businessman, author, and philanthropist, is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Mphasis. Prior to that, Rakesh was Syntel’s CEO and President, as well as CEO and Managing Director of Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company Ltd., and as Chief Executive of State Street Syntel Services, a joint venture between Syntel and State Street Bank. Rakesh was named CEO and Executive Director Mphasis on 29 January 2017. He took over from Ganesh Ayyar. In the first year of taking on the mantle as the CEO of Mphasis, he introduced Mphasis’ C= X2C2 =1 TM formula for success, (hyper-personalization; drive n=1 powered by Cloud & Cognitive); driving multi-dimensions of business value with an integrated consumer-centric Front to Back Digital Transformation TM, enabling Business Operations, Technology Transformation and Service Transformation, driven by IP assets. Under Nitin’s leadership, Mphasis set a record for the highest new deal wins in the history of the company, thus re-defining benchmarks and growing above industry rate.
57. Jai Shroff
Jai Shroff is the Global CEO of UPL Limited. He is a well-recognized global leader in the Chemical & Agri-Inputs industry with over 30 years experience in India and internationally. UPL group is focused on strengthening the food security in over 130 countries by offering world class technologies and solutions for sustainable agriculture production. Under Jai’s leadership, UPL has been one of the fastest growing agri-input companies in the world with strong presence in the Seeds, Plant Nutrition, Crop protection and Post harvest food preservation value chains. He has driven the transformation of UPL from a largely domestic player to a truly global Indian multinational organization. UPL has a global workforce comprising of more than 25 different nationalities. It operates 35 manufacturing plants in India, Asia, Europe, Latin and North America and serve the farming community across the globe.
58. Navneet Munot
Navneet Munot is Managing Director at HDFC Mutual Fund. Prior to joining HDFC he worked with SBI Funds Management as Chief Investment Officer since December 2008. In this role, Navneet was responsible for overseeing investments worth over USD 100 billion across various asset classes in mutual fund and segregated accounts. Navneet has over 25 years of rich experience in Financial Markets. In his previous assignment, he was the Executive Director & Head – multi –strategy boutique with Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
59 . Srinath Narasimhan
Srinath Narasimhan is the Chief Executive Officer of TATA Trusts. Srinath joined the Tata Administrative Services in 1986. He has held positions in Project Management, Sales & Marketing, and Management in different Tata companies in the ICT sector over the past 35 years. Under his leadership, Tata Communications transformed from a monopoly, public sector undertaking into a global communications services provider offering advanced network, managed and cloud services to customers worldwide. In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Srinath was named as the world’s eighth most influential telecom personality by the Global Telecoms Business magazine, as well as the ‘Telecom Person of the Year’ by the India-based Voice and Data magazine in 2008. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Chennai and a Management Degree from IIM Calcutta, specializing in Marketing and Systems. Mr. Srinath has joined as CEO of Tata Trusts with effect from April 1, 2020. He currently serves on the boards of companies like Tata Communications Ltd., Tata Industries Ltd. Tata Teleservices Ltd. and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd.
60. Madhusudan Gopalan
Madhusudan Gopalan is Managing Director & CEO of India Sub Continent at Procter & Gamble where he is responsible for developing P&G’s business, organization and corporate reputation. He has more than 18 years of experience working for the company across business units and diverse geographies like India, US and ASEAN countries. Prior to his India role, Madhusudan was leading the P&G business in Indonesia where he has led strong sales growth, share turn around, strong value creation and cash productivity. As a passionate advocate of diversity, he spearheaded the development of local talent in Indonesia and under his leadership, the company recently achieved the milestone of having more than 50% women managers in the workforce. Madhusudan also served as the Chairman of Indonesia Chapter of US ASEAN Business Council and advised the Indonesian government on policy matters. Madhusudan started his career with P&G in India 1999 as a new hire in the Sales function from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and worked in various locations across India including being part of P&G’s first Modern Retail team in India.
61. Sridhar Balakrishnan
Sridhar Balakrishnan serves as Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Executive Director of the ACC Limited. Sridhar is a member of Company’s senior leadership group and has a consistent track record of outstanding accomplishments in situations representing increasing level of challenges, complexities and uncertainties through innovative solutions and his result-oriented approach. Sridhar has a diverse experience of working across the construction products industry, media and FMCG at the leadership level, viz. ACC, STAR & Marico. Sridhar has spent majority of his career in the FMCG industry in different roles handling sales, business finance and supply chain for India to managing P&L across international geographies. Sridhar in his previous roles had an opportunity to drive innovation led growth, turnaround unprofitable units and has built new engines of growth across multiple geographies.
62. Rupinder Singh Sodhi
Dr. Rupinder Singh Sodhi is Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, Ltd., (AMUL), He has obtained his B.E. (Ag) degree from CTAE, Udaipur, India and then joined Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He has received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris-Causa) from Anand Agriculture University. Dr. Sodhi has headed the Marketing and Sales function of Amul for more than two decades and has spearheaded their highly innovative and widely acclaimed marketing campaigns such as Promoting milk as ‘world’s original energy drink’ & ‘Eat Milk’ campaign motivating Indian youth in include dairy products in every meal and Amul Doodh Peeta Hai India. He has been instrumental in launching more than 50 new products during his tenure as Managing Director in last six years. He has also spearheaded digital marketing and social media marketing innovations in Indian dairy industry to ensure that younger generation of India enhances consumption of milk and dairy products.
63. Sadashiv Nayak
Sadashiv Nayak is the chief executive officer of Future Retail Ltd, which operates large and small format stores under the Big Bazaar, Fashion at Big Bazaar, Foodhall and Easy Day formats. Prior to Future group he has worked with Hindustan Unilever and Asian Paints. Sadashiv graduated Engineering from NIT, Surathkal and completed his post-graduation in Business Management from XLRI Jamshedpur. He stays in Mumbai with his wife Radhika and twin sons. Nayak has been associated with Future Group for over 17 years. In the last 8 years as the CEO of Big Bazaar, he has played a pivotal role in making Big Bazaar what it is today.
64. Sandeep Kataria
Sandeep Kataria is the Chief Executive Officer of Bata India. He is an alumunus of IIT-Delhi and XLRI-Jamshedpur. He was a gold medallist of the 1993 PGDBM batch at XLRI. Kataria has 24 years of work experience at Unilever, Yum Brands, and Vodafone in India and Europe In a first, an Indian has become the global chief executive officer in Bata’s 126-year history. Sandeep Kataria, who is currently the CEO of Bata India, has now been elevated to the global role at the footwear major. Bata operates in more than 70 countries and has 35,000 employees. In India, Bata sells about 50 million pairs every year and serves 120,000-plus customers every day.
65. Om Manchanda
Dr. Om Manchanda is the Managing Director of Dr. Lal PathLabs Ltd. In 1990, Om joined Unilever Group of Companies (now Hindustan Unilever) as management trainee. He worked for HUL for nearly 10 years in various positions. In Nov’99, he moved on to Monsanto India Limited as their National Marketing Manager and thereafter as their National Sales Manager. Early 2003, he joined Ranbaxy Laboratory Limited in their Global Consumer Healthcare Division before joining Dr. Lal PathLabs in October’2005. He has successfully led the transformation of Dr. Lal PathLabs in last 16 years from a small business to a professionally run listed company. He has done MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and has nearly 31 years of work experience. He has also done Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. He is a graduate in veterinary sciences from HAU Hisar, Haryana. He has won prestigious awards of “EY Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2019 in the Healthcare and Life Sciences category. Recently received ‘Healthcare Personality of the Year-2020’ award in the FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards, organized in September 2020.
66. Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer of Adani Capital. He joined the Adani Group in October 2016 to set up the financial services business. Gaurav has over 20 years of Investment Banking / Corporate Finance and Advisory experience having advised Indian and International clients on domestic and cross border M&A and Capital Market transactions. Prior to joining Adani Group, he was Managing Director and India Head of Macquarie Capital where he was instrumental in building a market leading infrastructure advisory franchise. Gaurav is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked in multinational firms such as Nomura, Lehman, Rothschild and Arthur Andersen.
67. Harshil Mathur
Harshil Mathur is the CEO of Razorpay, He is an Indian businessman, author, and entrepreneur. In the fintech field, he has brought his company to the peak of success. Mathur offers advice to people who want to succeed in business and want to understand his methods. He doesn’t keep things hidden; instead, he freely discloses his method for reaching business objectives. That’s the spirit he works with. Harshil considers a 9-to-6 corporate job to be his Achilles heel. Every day is a new struggle for him. It may seem like an entrepreneur’s cliché, but the urge to be pushed, to be on his toes every day addressing a new problem, is what keeps him going and that is also why he decided to go out on his own in the first place. Mathur had over 100 rejections from investors before finding a corporation prepared to take a chance on his business concepts. He believed he had a great concept for a full-stack integrated payments solution firm that would change the industry, but he needed venture financing to get it off the ground. He didn’t give up, and after more than 100 rejections, he was able to secure the funding he needed to establish his new business.
68. Ram Raghavan
Ram Raghavan is the Managing Director of Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited (CPIL), and provides strategic leadership to Colgate-Palmolive, India and South Asia, since August 2019. Mr. Raghavan joined CPIL in 1997 as a Management Trainee and assumed increasing levels of responsibilities in Customer Development and Marketing. Over the years, he progressed through a series of leadership roles across Colgate-Palmolive’s various divisions and subsidiaries. In 2003, he moved to Hong Kong to join the Asia-Pacific Division. In 2004, he moved to C-P China and sequentially managed the Toothbrush and Toothpaste businesses with innovative products. In 2008, he became Marketing Director for C-P Canada. In 2010, he returned to China as Marketing Director. In 2013, he became the General Manager for the Latin America CIC, where he was instrumental in developing the platform-based innovation model supporting Latin America organic growth. Mr. Raghavan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, both located in Mumbai, India.
69. Radhika Gupta
Radhika Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer at Edelweiss Asset Management Limited. Radhika started at Edelweiss Global Asset Management as business head of multi-strategy funds and was responsible for setting the strategic direction for the team’s investment, distribution and platform. Radhika is known as “the girl with the broken neck”. Prior to moving as CEO of Edelweiss Asset Management, Gupta headed Edelweiss Multi Strategy Funds Management Pvt. Ltd and was responsible for setting the strategic direction, overseeing investments, sales and distribution.
70. Sandeep Sangwan
Sandeep Sangwan is the Chief Executive Officer of Castrol India Limited. He has a prolific career extending over 29 years and brings extensive business, sales and marketing expertise with him. He is currently based in the UK as Programme Director leading a major transformation programme in BP Lubricants and has been instrumental in embedding the new Lubricants operating model across the business. Sandeep Sangwan joined BP in 2012 as a part of the Castrol innoVentures team and subsequently worked in Europe & Africa as the Regional Marketing Director and as the North Europe Sales Director.
71. Ashutosh Raghuvanshi
Ashutosh Raghuvanshi is the Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Healthcare. After completion of MS in general surgery from MGIMS went on the do MCH in Cardiac surgery from university of Bombay. Worked at Bombay hospital as Clinical Assistant post completion of MCH before moving on to Chennai. Worked as a consultant in Apollo Hospitals and Vijaya Heart foundation, for three years. Moved to Manipal Heart foundation Bangalore, working there for three years focusing on Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. He had the opportunity to start a new hospital Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Kolkata in the year 2000. From a small beginning with a 100 bedded hospital, gradually expanded the hospital to 500 beds; from a single specialty to a multi-specialty hospital. Started focusing on creating a hospital network from the year 2006, building hospitals in Jamshedpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, etc. Moved from clinical practice to focusing on operations and expansions of the network. Today, Narayana Health has close to 6900 beds spread over 30 locations in India and Caribbean. The motivation and inspiration for creating a health care network which focuses on delivering high quality tertiary care to working class people came from the learnings at Sevagram.
72. Santrupt Misra
Dr. Santrupt Misra is currently Group Director, Carbon Black; Director, Chemicals and Director, Group Human Resources, for the Aditya Birla Group. An HR professional and a business leader of standing for over 30 years, Dr. Misra has worked at board level for close to two decades in several companies, and non-profit organisations in India and overseas. He is an Independent Director on the board of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.; Chairperson of the Board of Governors of National Institute of Technology, Rourkela; and a part of the managing committee of Aston Business School Advisory Board (UK) and the board of Xavier’s Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. He was a member of the SHRM Certification Commission, USA, for three years. Dr. Misra holds post graduate degrees in political science and in personnel management & industrial relations, as well as two PhDs in public administration and industrial relations, from India and the UK respectively. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), USA; an Honorary Fellow of the Coaching Federation of India; an Eisenhower Fellow; an Aston Business School Fellow; an AIMA Fellow and a Commonwealth Scholar.
73. Anil Dua
Anil Dua is the Cheif Executive Officer of Dish TV India Limited. Mr. Anil Dua joined Dish TV in May 2017 as the Group Chief Executive Officer. The merger of Videocon d2h Limited into DishTV India Limited has since been completed and the two companies are one entity effective 22nd March, 2018. Post-merger, the combined entity, DishTV India Limited has become the world’s largest single-country direct-to-home (DTH) operator with a subscriber base of more than 23 million. It has Rs. 6000 crore+ turnover, directly employing around 2,500 people and 25,000 off-roll and indirect staff. The company owns strong brands Dish TV, Videocon d2h and Zing under its umbrella. Mr. Dua has a vast experience of over 29 years in senior management positions and building renowned brands in India as well as overseas. Currently, as Group CEO of Dish TV India Limited, he heads the DTH leg of Essel Group. He aims to aggressively build the business and take the brands to next level. Mr. Dua has worked with major global and Indian corporations like Gillette, Hero MotoCorp and Hindustan Unilever in the past. Prior to joining DishTV, he served as the Managing Director of OTE Group of Companies with operations in Middle East. He also served as Senior Vice President – Sales, Marketing & Customer Care at Hero MotoCorp (erstwhile Hero Honda) from 2006 to 2014, where he was responsible for Hero MotoCorp’s business growth and entire gamut of marketing, sales and customer care operations. Mr. Dua holds a Post Graduate diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
74. Kalyan Krishnamurthy
Kalyan Krishnamurthy is the Chief Executive Officer of Flipkart who was born on 12 January 1972. He currently lives in Singapore. Kalyan at first joined Flipkart in June 2016 as head of the Category Design Organisation and replaced co-founder Binny Bansal, who was made the group CEO. Before even joining Flipkart, Krishnamurthy was also the managing director of Tiger Global. He left Tiger Global Management LLC in May 2016. Then in January 2017, he was made the CEO of Flipkart Online Service Pvt. Ltd.
75. Kaushik Khona
Kaushik Khona is the Chief Executive Officer of GoAir. Mr. Kaushik Khona – FCA., FCS., FCMA., DBF., M.COM, LLB (Spl), DTP. He brings with him more than 32 years of Corporate Experience and all at CXO level. He is a fellow CA, fellow CS, Fellow CMA and was rank holder at Inter and Final CA, at Final CS and was Gold Medallist at Final year B Com. He is also a qualified Resolution Professional and qualified as Independent Director. In his professional corporate experience spanning 32 years, he was always part of the Management think tank and since last more than 12 years he has been known as turnaround man and has managed and headed various businesses successfully as a CXO. During his corporate professional experience, he had already served The Wadia Group for almost 4 years from 2008 to 2011. During that period, he was appointed as the CEO of GoAir from April 2009 to June 2011. After his successful stay at Wadia Group, he has also turnaround several businesses at Dunlop tyre group including at diverse geographies at Germany, UK and India. He also successfully carried out extensive corporate restructuring for a Shipping Venture and a financial and business restructuring for a German – India JV in renewable energy. He was at Mumbai for a period of 10 years+ during 2008 to 2017 before returning to Ahmedabad for a COO role at a well-known corporate group at Ahmedabad. Since then he joined as partner to M/s. Talati & Talati LLP leading the consulting, business reengineering and finance consulting practice at the firm. Mr. Khona started his professional journey in 1989 at Ahmedabad and served for first 5 years at Vadilal Icecream group and then 14 years at Gujarat Ambuja Exports group before shifting to Mumbai in 2008.
76. Pallav Mohapatra
Pallav Mohapatra as its Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, the Central Bank of India. It was announced on March 9. Mohapatra will be responsible for leading the strategic direction and growth journey of the organization. He played an instrumental role in turning around the fortunes of the Bank by addressing its stress asset portfolio in particular along with other key modernization initiatives. In his nearly four-decade-old career, Mohapatra has also served in a variety of roles and assignments at India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI). He was the Deputy Managing Director of Stressed Assets Management Group at State Bank of India.
77. Pradeep Dwivedi
Pradeep Dwivedi is the Chief Executive Officer of Eros International Media Ltd. Eros International, which is now Eros STX Global Corporation after the merger with STX entertainment in the US. From a streaming perspective, they have done a lot of business. The origins of the company, largely from a studio background of curating and producing good movies,co-producing, distributing even today, Eros is the go to distribution partner for a lot of movies. Everything that they do in India is the accountability and responsibility that they manage. In the media, he has worked with the organization largely on the news and print publication side, and in News television to some extent. He wanted to have a much larger understanding of the entertainment ecosystem in India, which is obviously transforming hugely on the back of digital revolution the country is going through.
78. Rajeev Varman
Rajeev Varman is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Burger King India, the joint venture between private equity firm Everstone Capital and Burger King, has been with the company for 15 years, working across the American and European markets. The joint venture is set to invest $200 million in India in the next six-seven years, said top executives with the company. After completing a mechanical engineering degree at Bangalore University, Rajeev moved to the US to get his MBA at the Golden Gate University in California. While there, he worked odd jobs to support his studies, before ending up as assistant manager at Taco Bell. Soon enough, Rajeev began climbing up the ranks to become multi-unit manager of Taco Bell, and subsequently joined one of the fast food chain’s largest franchisees as vice president of operations. When Rajeev took on the challenge of bringing Burger King to India, he had to make the entire menu and product line from scratch. This was because the business in the US, UK and Canada all used beef, the trade and consumption of which is a contentious issue in India as cows are considered sacred in Hinduism, the country’s main religion, with 80% of the population identifying as Hindus.
79. Praveen Sinha
Praveen Sinha is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Jabong.com. Praveen started this venture with a small core team in 2011 and scaled it up to a large and respected market leader within a few years. Jabong is the third most visited online shopping website that is currently valued at $450-500 million. Under his leadership, Jabong has won coveted awards such as Pure-Play eRetailer of the Year at Indian eRetailer awards 2013, Excellence in eCommerce by Etailing India Expo 2013 and “Online Retailer of the Year” by Etailing India Exhibition 2014. Prior to his entrepreneurial debut, Praveen was associated with Mckinsey on transformation projects in South East Asia and India. He is considered turnaround specialist and expert in energy efficiency and Start-ups. Praveen also runs Aquabrim, a firm that is dedicated to water management solution for residential and commercial users.
80. Ritesh Agarwal
Ritesh Agarwal is the Founder & CEO of OYO Rooms. He is the founder and CEO of disruptive hospitality business and app – Oyo Rooms – a network of 2,200 hotels operating in 154 cities across India – with monthly revenues of $3.5m and 1,500 employees. It also features among the companies which are tipped to become the next start-up unicorns according to CB Insights research’s findings, published in The New York Times. It has raised a total of $125million of funding in 4 rounds from 7 investors. Agarwal has won many awards and accolades for his work including the Business World Young Entrepreneur Award. He is a regular speaker at entrepreneurial conferences and institutes across India and the world and a fellow of the Thiel foundation. Agarwal holds a high school degree from St. Johns Senior Secondary School.
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