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Introducing the engineers of growth – The most exceptional entrepreneurs who have placed India on the path of progress with their bold vision, innovation and exemplary performance.

The winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards have been announced! Read their exceptional entrepreneurial stories by clicking on the links below:

Entrepreneur Of The Year India 2012

Adi Godrej

Godrej Group
Lifetime Achievement Award

Ratan Tata

Tata Group

EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2012: Category Winners

Entrepreneur Of The Year – Business Transformation

Dr. Cyrus S Poonawalla

Serum Institute of India
Entrepreneur of the Year - Life Sciences and Healthcare

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty

Narayana Hrudayalaya
Entrepreneur Of The Year – Services

Dhiraj C Rajaram

Mu Sigma Business Solutions
Entrepreneur Of The Year – Manager

Francisco D'souza

Cognizant Technology Solutions
Entrepreneur Of The Year - Start-Up

Dr. Naresh  Trehan

Medanta - The Medicity
Entrepreneur Of The Year – Manufacturing

Onkar S Kanwar

Apollo Tyres
Entrepreneur Of The Year – Consumer Products

T T Jagannathan 

TTK Group


Francisco D’Souza

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Francisco D’Souza, took over the reins as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH) in 2007, when he was only 38, becoming the youngest CEO in the software services sector. Founded in 1994 as a captive arm of Dun & Bradstreet, Cognizant was later spun off as an independent company and got listed on NASDAQ in 1998.

He has rapidly taken Cognizant up the growth curve and is now poised to deliver on plans to become India’s largest IT services company in North America by March 2013. The consistency of such growth is remarkable; from FY09 to FY11, net sales grew at a CAGR of approximately 34.2%.

Underscoring the point how D’Souza “goes boldly where other CEOs don’t”, while most of D’Souza’s peers reacted by tightening their belts and cutting investments when the crisis at Lehman Brothers erupted, Frank did something else. Instead of cutting down as most companies did, he treated the crisis as an opportunity and encouraged his team to spend more time with customers, spend more on marketing, and invest in new businesses. Such resolve bore dividends and Cognizant’s clients stopped seeing it less as cost arbitrage providers and more as partners.

D’Souza is focused on identifying the next wave of opportunities for Cognizant. He has formed a new business group called emerging business accelerators (EBA) with a simple mandate: Incubate new businesses around emerging technologies, which will be steered by some of the most entrepreneurial leaders from Cognizant handpicked by him.

He has been honoured with many prestigious accolades, including the Economic Times Entrepreneur Award in 2005. He was also a 2002 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. In 2009 he was named among “America’s Best CEOs” by Institutional Investor magazine.

Being a visionary entrepreneur and a record of delivering success with remarkable consistency, he is set to take on from the luminaries of an older generation of IT entrepreneurs, who set the bedrock for Cognizant’s success.


Ratan Tata

Tata Group

Growth and competition, productivity and efficiency gains, and globalization and innovation; these words best describe the story that Ratan Tata has scripted for the Tata Group, over the past 20 years.

Under Mr. Tata’s leadership (1991-2012), the group’s success has ran concurrent to and mirrored India’s rise as one of the fastest-growing economies. He took charge of the Tata Group’s future in 1991, a year that witnessed the opening up of the Indian economy. From revenues of INR140 billion in that year, the Tata Group has grown manifold to INR4757 billion (USD 100 billion) today. By 2020-21, Ratan Tata envisions the Tata Group to be a USD500 billion global conglomerate. Mr. Tata has delivered on his vision of being a significant global player with international revenues rising to USD58.5 billion from USD4.7 billion in FY05. The major acquisitions by the group across some of its businesses have helped expand its global footprint, catapulting it into a line-up of business groups that enjoy international recognition. It’s not a small feat and justifies Indians’ unabiding pride in a business group that has long been seen as synonymous with trust and transparency across generations.

Beyond business, Mr. Tata’s tenure has been notable for its longevity, ambition and stewardship of a venerable tradition of giving back to the society through philanthropic trusts that have created national institutions for science and technology, medical research, social studies and the performing arts. Mr. Tata is also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.