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Saumen Chakraborty of Dr Reddy's Laboratories is India's Best CFO, this year

The best chief financial officers of the country were honoured at at the fifth Business Today-YES Bank Best CFO Awards 2014 event, held on Thursday.

Arunima Mishra   New Delhi     Last Updated: September 30, 2014  | 22:54 IST
CFO Winner Saumen Chakraborty, President & CFO, Dr Reddy's Lab
CFO Winner Saumen Chakraborty, President & CFO, Dr Reddy's Lab

Business Today-YES Bank Best CFO Awards 2014
Business Today-YES Bank Best CFO Awards 2014
"India's energy sector is linked to renewable energy," said Piyush Goyal, the Minister of State with independent charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, in his keynote address at the fifth Business Today-YES Bank Best CFO Awards 2014. The best chief financial officers of the country were honoured at this event, held on Thursday (September 18) at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

India Today Group Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie referred to CFOs as financial wizards in his address. "The CFOs are the people who have managed their money well, and have led their CEOs in a path that's less risky and less cumbersome," Purie said, adding how the Business Confidence Index is looking up in the Narendra Modi-led government.

Goyal, a qualified chartered accountant and the Chief Guest at the Best CFO Awards, congratulated the winners as well as the nominees for their exemplary work, and the India Today Group for paying respect to the community that stays behind the scene. "I feel this is where I belong... I'm sure the selection must have been rigorous. Now, It's not just about the ownership of a company, but it's also about decisive leadership. And, CFOs reflect leadership in their companies."

All the winners of the best CFO awards at the stage for a group photograph.
In its seventh edition (and fifth in partnership with YES Bank), the Business Today Best CFO Awards recognised those who have, perhaps, the most difficult job in corporate India - heading the finance department - at a time when the economy is yet to boom.

The awards were then given away to the winning CFOs with special videos from the jury on why they made it in their respective categories. While there were 10 categories of winners, the prize for the best overall CFO went to Saumen Chakraborty, President and CFO, Dr Reddy's Laboratories. There was also a category for the best woman CFO, which was bagged by NIIT Technology's Pratibha K. Advani.

Among the other winners were: Petronet LNG Ltd's R.K. Garg who won the Best CFO of a PSU (large); Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation's L. Kulshrestha, who won the Best CFO of a PSU (Medium). Similarly, GlaxoSmithkline Consumer Healthcare's S. Ramakrishnan bagged the award for the best CFO of an MNC (large); Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care's Tapan Buch won the Best CFO of an MNC (medium). Subbu Subramaniam of Titan Company won an award for Commitment towards Triple Bottom Line. (See box for the complete list of winners.)

Chakraborty noted how corporate governance is imperative now. "A CFO's life is getting difficult and complex, as he/she has to face challenges continuously and keep adding value to the company, while protecting it as well," Chakraborty said after winning the Best CFO Award.

Goyal also said during his speech that one should look at serving the government as a career option, and that renewable energy has a lot of potential to strengthen the country's energy security. The Minister also said domestic manufacturing is ready to flourish and solar mission will take rapid strides.

YES Bank was the presenting sponsor of the event, and Ipsos was the survey partner. Business Today's upcoming issue profiles the success stories of the winners.

* An earlier version of the story had the company name as Titan Industries in place of Titan Company. Changes have been made.

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