- India's Best CEOs 2015 survey is based on the past three-year medium-term performance. Business Today features the top 18 CEOs across all industries.
- Arundhati Bhattacharya,
Chairman, State Bank of India
Champion of Champions, Best CEO (Super Large Companies)
Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman of India's largest bank, State Bank of India, is laying the foundations to make it future-ready.
- Aditya Puri,
MD, HDFC Bank
Best CEO (Large Companies)
Aditya Puri, the longest-serving CEO of any bank in India, is laying the foundation for transforming the 21-year-old institution into a digital bank.
- Vineet Nayyar,
Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra
Best CEO (Medium-sized Companies)
Vineet Nayyar's strategy to bulk up and diversify the offerings of Tech Mahindra through mergers and acquisitions has transformed the company, but there are big challenges ahead.
- Siddhartha Lal,
MD & CEO Eicher Motors
Best CEO (Small Automobiles)
Eicher under Siddhartha Lal is getting ready to conquer more and more frontiers. The company's profit margins have touched a record 26 per cent making it the most profitable entity in the entire automotive space.
- Salil Singhal,
CMD, PI Industries
Best CEO (Agriculture & Allied)
Salil Singhal of agri products' major PI Industries believes it is important to be the best and not necessarily the biggest. Its clients include global chemical giants and leading innovators.
- Jayadev Galla,
VC & MD Amara Raja Batteries
Best CEO (Auto Ancillaries)
Jayadev Galla is readying his flagship company Amara Raja Batteries for market leadership in India and to go beyond exports with plans to build physical presence aboard.
- Shikha Sharma,
MD & CEO Axis Bank
Best CEO (Banking)
Shikha Sharma's stint at Axis Bank has yielded dramatic results. Under her stewardship the bank has gone from strength to strength.
- KBS Anand,
MD & CEO, Asian Paints
Best CEO (Chemicals)
KBS Anand is taking Asian Paints on a journey to consumers' kitchens and bathrooms, in a bid to future-proof its paints business.
- Arvind Uppal,
Chairman, Whirlpool of India
Best CEO (Consumer Durables)
Arvind Uppal believes in growth without giving up profitability. The result of this approach are evident. In the past three years, Whirlpool India's profits have almost doubled.
- Sunil Duggal,
CEO, Dabur India
Best CEO (FMCG)
Sunil Duggal's success lies in creating a template for transition of family business into a professionally-run growth company.
- N Chandrasekaran,
CEO & MD, Tata Consultancy Services
Best CEO (IT & ITES)
N Chandrasekaran has snatched a first mover advantage for TCS in the digital space, but has to contend with competition that is fast getting its act together.
- Rajeev Jain,
MD & CEO, Bajaj Finance
Best CEO (NBFC)
Rajeev Jain has transformed a small auto finance business into a well-diversified financial services company.
- S Varadarajan,
CMD, Bharat Petroleum Corporation
Best CEO (Oil
S Varadarajan, who rose up the ranks from a junior officer to
head one of India's leading oil marketing companies, will leave behind a
well-oiled legacy when he retires next year.
- Vinita Gupta,
Best CEO (Pharma & Healthcare)
Vinita Gupta has increased the US business of Lupin exponentially, making it the sixth biggest pharma company in that country.
- Sanjay Sagar,
JMD & CEO, JSW Energy
Best CEO (Power)
After a 15-year wait and watch game, Sanjay Sagar-led JSW Energy is uniquely positioned to explore organic and inorganic growth opportunities in the power sector.
- Himanshu Kapania,
MD, Idea Cellular
Best CEO (Telecom)
Himanshu Kapania is leading Idea from being a pure-play voice-based telecom operator to one that is looking to grow equally in data services as well.
- Sunder Genomal,
MD, Page Industries
Best CEO (Textiles)
The Genomals have become trusted partners of Jockey all across Asia, becoming billionaires in the process.
- Rajeev Sharma,
CMD, Rural Electrification Corporation
Best CEO of a PSU
Rajeev Sharma is at the forefront of the drive to take electricity to every home in rural India.