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Most powerful ce os of india inc

  1. 1. Most Powerful CEOs of India Inc. for the Year 2012 1. Ratan Naval Tata,Chairman,Tata Group“I don’t believe in taking right decisions. I take decisions and then make them right“Rank: 1Also known as: India’s ‘most eligible bachelor’, even at 75Theatre of Operations: IT, Communications, Engineering, Materials, Chemicals, Services,Consumer Products, Energy – all with global footprintsDid you know that: Upon graduating, he turned down an offer from IBM on the advice of JRDTataStarted his career with: Tata Steel, on the shop floorLeadership style: Aloof and understated, but always on the ballFavourite Allies: His German ShepherdsThorn in his side: His connection with the 2G spectrum scamIf he weren’t leading a $71 billion conglomerate, he’d be: Flying planesFamily: Brother Jimmy, half-brother Noel and three half-sistersLatest project: Pouring $15 million into a project researching water as fuelExit Strategy: Cyrus Pallonji Mistry will take charge from December 2012Farewell Note: This will be RNT’s last appearance on CD’s ‘Most Powerful CEO’ list
  2. 2. 2. Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries“The organizational architecture is really that a centipede walks on hundred legs and one ortwo don’t count. So if I lose one or two legs, the process will go on, the organization will goon, the growth will go on. “Rank: 2Theatre of Operations: Petroleum, petrochemicals, textiles and retailBragging rights: The second-richest man in Asia, he heads the largest Indian private sectorconglomerate. Also, owner of the second-richest sports club in the world (Mumbai Indians),according to ForbesIt’s in his genes: Thinks scale, like his father, the late Dhirubhai AmbaniStarted his career with: Reliance Industries (RIL)Leadership style: Relationship-based, entrepreneurialFamily: Husband to Nita, father to Akash, Anant and IshaCool Friend: Anand JainBig indulgence: Antilia, the $2billion home he’s built on Altamount Road, Mumbai
  3. 3. 3. Kumar Mangalam Birla,Chairman, Aditya Birla Group“Tough times don’t last, tough people do“Rank: 3Theatre of Operations: At 43, the Chairman of the $35 billion Aditya Birla Group, has his handsfull with a business that traverses almost every sector from retail to financial services andbrands such as Hindalco, Ultratech Cement and Idea Cellular in his quiverFirst Steps: Scion of the Birla family, he took over as Chairman of the group after the suddendemise of his father, Aditya Birla, in 1995Bragging Rights: At 28, he became the youngest Indian to chair a multi-billion dollarconglomerate and has successfully steered the highly diversified AV Birla ship through thick andthinPower Buddies: Ratan Tata, Sanjeev GoenkaPreferred Gulp: Diet CokeLittle Known Fact: He learnt how to shoot with a rifle three years ago and is now shooting withthe cameraWhen not working: Family and movies
  4. 4. 4. Azim Hashim Premji ,Chairman, Wipro“As you get bigger, you have to delegate. It’s also an excellent way to get staff involved in thecompany’s operations”Rank: 4Started his career with: Wipro, whose reins he took after dropping out of Stanford at 21,following the sudden demise of his father. At that time, Wipro made hydrogenated cooking fat..”Big bet that didn’t pay: Three years after appointing two CEOs to navigate Wipro, the duo wassuddenly removed and replaced.Bet that might pay: All recent announcements are headlined by his son and chief strategyofficer Rishad Premji, signaling a possible power shiftIcon: JRD TataAct of do-goodery: Transferred 8.6% of his stake in the company worth about Rs 8,646 crore tothe Azim Premji Foundation. This is the biggest act of individual philanthropy in IndiaLeadership style: Knows every small detail of his businesses, but does not interfere witheveryday operations of the various independent business headsFamily ties: Husband to Yasmeen, father to Rishad and TariqLittle known fact: Wipro is the second-largest hydraulic cylinder company in the worldWhen not working: Enjoys trekking and loves watching movies; he often turns to his seniorexecutives for recommendationsRecent Accolade: Was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2011
  5. 5. 5. Chanda Kochhar ,Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank“Demands do not go up or down – they are constantly there. Often, you feel you are doingtoo much.“Rank: 5Started her career with: ICICI Bank, straight out of B-schoolBragging Rights: A regular fixture on Global ‘Most Powerful Women’ lists since 2005Accolade: Conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2010Leadership Style: Meticulous, demands excellenceAs a child: Wanted to be an IAS OfficerLittle known fact: Used to read the Satyanarayan Katha every day. Now reads it fortnightlybecause of time constraints.Stress buster: The latest Hindi movies with the family.Family ties: Husband Deepak, children Aarti and Arjun
  6. 6. 6. Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC“You can’t manufacture culture. Culture builds in an organization over a period of time. Andthe tone at the top must be integrity and value systems.“Rank: 6Theatre of Operations: India’s leading home finance companyFirst Job: Ernst & Young, New YorkAccolade: Padma Bhushan awardee in 2006Personal Icons: Warren Buffet, Peter DruckerActivism: Has been a vocal critic of the government, writing two open letters on thegovernance deficit and policy paralysis in the past year itselfBitten By: Chocolate-covered biscuitsStress buster: Hindi music, bridge and WimbledonLittle known fact: Hosts one of Mumbai’s best-attended Christmas brunches
  7. 7. 7. AM Naik, Chairman & Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro“L&T is my hobby, the rest is work.“Rank: 7Theatre of Operations: A $11billion engineering and construction powerhouse that coverseverything from nuclear power to switchgearsFirst Job: Nestor BoilersRole model: His father, a freedom fighter and schoolteacherLeadership Style: Works hard and expects everyone else to do so. Will not tolerate mediocrityBig Transition: Steps away from active management to overseeing long-term strategicinitiativesAdvocates: Meritocracy over seniorityDiplomatic Coup: Honorary Consul General for DenmarkWorkaholic: Never took a day off for the first 21 years of his careerLife outside L&T: Expanding his old school in Kharel, Gujarat. Been appointed director of IIM-AHidden talent: Is a skilled artistGuilty pleasure: Desserts
  8. 8. 8. Anand G Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra Group“There is a degree of freedom that creates aspiration”Rank: 8Theatre of Operations: A $12.5 billion conglomerate spanning auto, IT and timeshare resortsFirst Love: Mahindra majored in films and photography before getting his MBA from HarvardBragging Rights: Turning around the scam-hit Satyam Computers after acquiring it three yearsagoRocky Road: The company has had a less than successful track record with joint ventures overthe yearsCulturally Connect: Behind India’s first Blues Festival and actively promotes theatre and sportsas wellSocial Connect: One of India Inc’s most active CEOs on Twitter, with close to 5 lakh followersNotable Firsts: Mahindra Racing is the first Indian team to participate in the MotoGPMost likely to be seen: Training for the Mumbai marathon or indulging in his new hobby, sailing
  9. 9. 9. Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group“It is giving back to society and helping society get better so that your business ultimatelyflourishes even better in the long term.“Rank: 9Theatre of Operations: Has a footprint in almost all emerging economiesGreen Thumb: Developed a green business campus in Vikhroli, Mumbai covering 150 acres ofmangroves. Set up the Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology CenterCool Toys: A 60-foot Ferretti yachtTravel bug: Has been to over 70 countries and will try and fit in extensive sightseeing even ifhe’s on a work tripOn weekends: Can be seen jet skiing or indulging in water sports with his grandchildrenPowerful Friends: Anil AmbaniAct of do-goodery: Key supporter of the World Wildlife Fund in India; also involved with severalphilanthropic activitiesFamily Ties: Wife Parmeshwar, children Tanya, Nisa and Pirojsha, two grandkids
  10. 10. 10.Kundapur Vaman Kamath, Chairman, Infosys Ltd. & Non-Executive Chairman of ICICI Bank“To build a successful business, you have to be able to pick entrepreneurs very early and getthem embedded into the business. They need to go out into the ecosystem, demonstrate theirabilities, nurture the business and build it up“Rank: 10Theatre of Operations: KV Kamath wears many hats – Chairman of Infosys, the second-largestIT services company in India; non-executive Chairman of ICICI Bank, India’s largest private bankwhere he served as MD and CEO from 1996 to 2009; also, independent director of Houston-based oil services company SchlumbergerStarted his career with: In 1971 with ICICI in the Project Finance division and moved on todifferent departments to gather rich and varied experience, which included setting up of newbusinesses, such as leasing, venture capital, credit rating as well as handling generalmanagement positionsBragging Rights: In less than ten years, KV Kamath has built so much trust around ICICI Bankthat a large number of respondents in sundry banking-related surveys mistake it for a publicsector undertaking. Besides, KVK is known as a mentor par excellence having groomed the likesof the current MD & CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kocchar, MD & CEO of Axis Bank Shikha Sharma,CEO of JP Morgan India Kalpana Morparia, MD of Future Capital V Vaidyanathan and a host ofothersPower Buddies: Mukesh Ambani, NR Narayana MurtyFamily Ties: Husband to Rajalaxmi; father to son Ajay and daughter Ajnya; grandfather to
  11. 11. Nandan K Pai and Lakshman K PaiPreferred Gulp: The occasional single maltLittle Known Fact: He’s a keen follower of Formula OneAccolade: Conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2008.