Business Today MindRush and Best CEO Awards honours CEOs, Impact Leaders and more

The special issue of Business Today on India's Best CEOs was also unveiled at the event

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Business Today MindRush and Best CEO Awards honours CEOs, Impact Leaders and more

The Business Today MindRush and Best CEO Awards recently concluded. The event is hosted by the India Today Group.

There were several sessions at the event. Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Petroleum and Natural Gas, said that the time had come for the Indian private sector to shed some of its inhibitions and to accept global challenges, which were “low-hanging fruit for them.”

In another session, India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant said that the country could not only grow on the back of services. “It has to grow in manufacturing, services, sustainable urbanisation, and also agricultural productivity,” he said.

Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise, said there was an urgent need to transform healthcare into a fundamental right, aligning it with education, while Bharti Enterprises Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, in a message for young Indian entrepreneurs, said that India was a country of possibilities and opportunities.

Shyam Srinivasan, MD and CEO of Federal Bank, said that India was witnessing a Cinderella moment in terms of banking and economy, while Sanjiv Puri, Chairman and MD of ITC, highlighted the resilience of India, adding that consumer demand should be back in a couple of quarters.

The highlight of the event was the felicitation of this year’s awardees of the BT-PwC India’s Best CEOs ranking, where a panel of industry experts picked the winners awards after a rigorous process.

This year, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, was honoured as the “Business Icon of the Year.” The jury also picked Kant as the “Impact Leader of the Year.” Another awardee was Prathap C. Reddy. The Founder Chairman of Apollo Hospitals was honoured with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his dedication to healthcare and innovation.

Winners were recognised across sectors of Indian business, including infrastructure, healthcare, consumer goods, IT, energy, and more. The awardees included Kushal N. Desai, CMD of APAR Industries, Satyanarayana Chava, Founder and CEO of Laurus Labs, and Sunil Vachani, Executive Chairman of Dixon Technologies (India), among others.

Meanwhile, Satish Pai, MD of Hindalco Industries, won in the category of super large companies; Sanjiv Puri, CMD of ITC for large companies; and Abhyuday Jindal, MD of Jindal Stainless, in the mid-sized category.

The event also celebrated emerging companies and leaders who are shaping the future of the Indian business landscape. Naresh Jalan, MD of Ramkrishna Forgings, and Pradeep Gaur, CMD of RVNL, were among the awardees. Business leaders were also recognised for demonstrating leadership qualities and resilience. Patanjali G. Keswani, CMD of Lemon Tree Hotels, won the “Resilient CEO” award, while K.P. Ramasamy, Chairman of KPR Mill, received the award for “Glocal CEO”.

Achievements in deal-making and disruptive innovation were recognised, with Debashis Chatterjee, CEO and MD of LTIMindtree, receiving the “Best Deal” award, while Asish Mohapatra, Co-founder and CEO of OfBusiness won in the “Unicorn” category.

India Today Group Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie also spoke on the occasion, outlining that while India had made progress on many fronts, there was more work to be done in moving from a regulatory mindset to that of facilitation. He lauded the efforts of the winners in creating enterprises that India can be proud of.

The special issue of Business Today on India’s Best CEOs was also unveiled at the event.

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