India's Best CEOs 2015

India's Best CEOs 2015

Updated : Dec 16, 2015

India's Best CEOs 2015

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.

'I like to build businesses from scratch. I like the start-up atmosphere and the enthusiasm associated with it to create a growth story,' says Rajeev Jain MD and CEO, Bajaj Finance. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 29, 2015

The Start-up CEO

Rajeev Jain has transformed a small auto finance business into a well-diversified financial services company.

'Everyone wants more electricity now, thanks to the political discourse having changed. There is healthy competition among states to improve their numbers,' says Rajeev Sharma CMD, Rural Electrification Corporation. (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Dec 25, 2015

Sharma-led REC attempts lighting rural India

Between April 1 and December 10, 2015, 3,141 villages have been electrified, while work is on in 1,691 others. "We are trying to make the entire process both transparent and dynamic," says Rajeev Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, Rural Electrification Corporation. 

Updated : Dec 25, 2015

PI Industries' Singhal prefers quality to numbers

Salil Singhal of agri products' major PI Industries believes it is important to be the best and not necessarily the biggest.

'I want Lupin to become a $5 billion (Rs 32,500 crore) company by 2018. It is doable. About $4 billion should come from organic growth and the remaining from acquisitions,' says Vinita Gupta CEO, Lupin (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 25, 2015

Vinita Gupta has made Lupin sixth largest in US

Developed markets together now contribute 48% to Lupin's revenue (the bulk, no doubt, coming from the US) and emerging markets another 19%, while the domestic market's share has shrunk to 26 per cent from 31 per cent five years ago.

Arvind Uppal Chairman, Whirlpool of India (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Dec 24, 2015

Arvind Uppal's growth mantra for Whirlpool

The company has taken a two-pronged approach. One is improving product quality. Earlier, it would consider refreshing a product after three years. This was gradually cut to 18 months and then to less than a year. The other is an attempt to bring down costs.

N Chandrasekaran CEO & MD, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 24, 2015

Leading From The Front

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.

'We're building infrastructure ahead of time, so that we can have balanced growth both in voice and data,' says Himanshu Kapania, MD, Idea Cellular.(Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 23, 2015

Kapania pushing for data services growth at Idea

Idea Cellular MD Himanshu Kapania has transformed the telco from a pure-play voice operator to one with a more balanced portfolio between voice and data. Over the past three years, Idea has built its data capabilities.

Aditya Puri, Managing Director of HDFC Bank (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 22, 2015

Aditya Puri transforming HDFC into a digital bank

The longest-serving CEO of any bank in India, is laying the foundation for transformation of the 21-year-old institution.

'There are two aspects (to acquisitions). One is finding the right asset. But, far more important is to make it work. And that is where we differentiate,' says Vineet Nayyar Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Dec 22, 2015

Nayyar's M&A strategy transformed TechM

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.

SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 21, 2015

SBI chief gets aggressive on social media strategy

Now, SBI, which was often labelled as old-fashioned, has an aggressive social media strategy, providing Internet and mobile banking solutions with ease to cater to the Gen Y customers.

An overwhelming 72 per cent of CEOs fret over the rapid technological changes and digitisation, and about getting stranded with an obsolete business, according to a 2015 survey of the world's 500 largest corporations. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 21, 2015

How India's best CEOs excelled despite slowdown

You would think an average CEO spends a disproportionate amount of time worrying about that fierce archrival! Not really. What about shareholder activism? No way. Then, it must be the quarterly results! Absolutely not.

Updated : Dec 19, 2015

Seize the Moment

India is on the cusp of economic growth; the onus is on the government and its citizens to walk the path towards sustainable prosperity.

Jayadev Galla VC & MD, Amara Raja Batteries (Photo: A Prabhakar Rao)
Updated : Dec 18, 2015

In Full Charge

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.

'In about 10-15 years, if we succeed, we will have built a brand in the home improvement space, which will not only expand our business, but also protect the paints business,' says KBS Anand MD & CEO, Asian Paints Ltd (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 18, 2015

The householder

KBS Anand is taking Asian Paints on a journey to consumers' kitchens and bathrooms, in a bid to future-proof its paints business.

S Varadarajan CMD, BPCL (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 18, 2015

In Full Flow

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.

Sanjay Sagar JMD and CEO, JSW Energy (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Dec 18, 2015

On a strong wicket

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.

Shikha Sharma MD & CEO, Axis Bank (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Dec 18, 2015


Shikha Sharma's stint at Axis Bank has yielded dramatic results.

Siddhartha Lal MD and CEO, Eicher Motors (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Dec 18, 2015

On A Roll

Eicher under Siddhartha Lal is getting ready to conquer more and more frontiers.

Sunder Genomal MD, Page Industries (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah)
Updated : Dec 18, 2015

The 'inner' secret to success

The Genomals have become trusted partners of Jockey all across Asia, becoming billionaires in the process.

Sunil Duggal CEO, Dabur India Ltd (Photo: Shekhar Ghosh)
Updated : Dec 18, 2015

Perfect Recipe

Sunil Duggal's success lies in creating a template for transition of family business into a professionally-run growth company.