EY announces finalists for the 17th EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM awards

Mumbai, 2 February 2016

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  • An eminent 11-member jury, led by Mr. Adi Godrej, selected the finalists
  • Dr. F. C. Kohli, Former Vice-Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services, honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award

EY, the global professional services organisation, today announced the selection of 18 of the country’s most innovative business leaders as finalists for the 17th Entrepreneur of the YearTM - India 2015. The finalists have been selected from 250 outstanding nominations. They will be felicitated at a grand celebratory banquet to be held on 11 February 2016 in Mumbai.

A distinguished 11-member jury led by Adi Godrej selected the finalists. Other jury members include Subodh Bhargava, Chairman, Tata Communications; Rahul Bhatia, Whole-time Director, InterGlobe Enterprises Ltd; Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson, State Bank of India; Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman, Info Edge (India) Limited; Bharat Doshi, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services; Kalpana Morparia, CEO, JP Morgan India; Rishad Premji, Chief Strategy Officer, Wipro; Renuka Ramnath, MD & CEO, Multiples Alternate Asset Management; Dilip Shanghvi, MD, Sun Pharmaceuticals; and Shashank Singh, Partner and MD, Apax Partners India Advisers Private Limited.

Mr. Adi Godrej, Jury Chairman and Chairman, Godrej Group says, “For the 17th Entrepreneur of the YearTM awards, we have selected some extraordinary individuals who have contributed significantly to India’s progress. India needs entrepreneurs, people who do new things. Entrepreneurs will create a country, which to my mind will become the world’s largest economy by 2050. This is a great move by EY to help people do even better in their respective fields.”

Says Ms. Kalpana Morparia, CEO, JP Morgan, “The EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM awards put a unique focus on recognising outstanding talent across sectors. No other award puts the singular focus on entrepreneurs that have created great companies as much as EY does. I feel it is a privilege for me to have been a part of it over the last decade.”

Says Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson, State Bank of India, “India is adding almost one million people to its work force every month. I think it is very important to encourage entrepreneurship since they will be creating these jobs. We not only look for great ideas, but also execution capabilities and the ability to stay the course, when funding an entrepreneur. There was a great line up of nominations for the Awards this year.”

Mr. Sanjiv Bikhchandani, Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Info Edge (India) Ltd, said, “The selection process is an extremely rigorous one with all candidates being discussed in depth and detail. The resultant selection is very good. Being a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards is in itself a real endorsement of your efforts.”

The finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2015 are:    

  • R. S. Agarwal, Executive Chairman and R.S. Goenka, Whole-time Director, Emami Ltd.
  • S. K. Arya, Chairman, JBM Group
  • Dr. Anand Deshpande, CMD and CEO, Persistent Systems Ltd.
  • Dr. Ramachandra N Galla, Chairman, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd.
  • Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, CMD, Bandhan Bank
  • Rajeev Gopalakrishnan, Group Managing Director - South Asia, Bata India Ltd.
  • Vinita Gupta, CEO and Nilesh Gupta, MD, Lupin Ltd.
  • Sabu M Jacob, MD, Kitex Garments Ltd.
  • Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd.
  • Dr. Arvind Lal, CMD, and Dr. Om Manchanda, Dr. Lal PathLabs Pvt. Ltd.
  • Samir Mehta, Chairman, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Krishnakumar Natarajan, CEO and MD, Mindtree Ltd.
  • Sridhar Pinnapureddy, Founder and CEO, CtrlS Datacenters Ltd.
  • Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, One97 Communications Ltd. (Paytm)
  • Romesh Sobti, MD and CEO, IndusInd Bank Ltd.

Dr. F. C. Kohli, Former Vice-Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his invaluable contributions to the inception and growth of the Indian IT and software exports industry. He is also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor, for his contributions to the Indian industry.

The winners will be announced across several categories, while the national winner will represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year (WEOY) awards in Monte Carlo from 7 - 12 June 2016.

Rajiv Memani, Chairman, EY India, says, “Our entrepreneurial landscape is developing rapidly, signifying the spirit of confidence in India. An outstanding 11-member jury comprising some of India’s finest entrepreneurs and business leaders selected the finalists. The finalists this year represent a cross-section of industries from traditional to new-age businesses, but are all very customer-focused and innovative in approach. Many of them have also successfully turned around businesses.”

The jury considered a host of criterion, including the nominee’s entrepreneurial spirit, recent financial performance, strategic direction, product or service innovation, company leadership including personal integrity and risk-taking, values and key employee initiatives, and involvement with the community.

Says Farokh Balsara, Partner and EOY India Program Leader, “The EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ program recognizes individuals who have successfully transformed their ideas and vision into sustainable businesses. By enabling entrepreneurs, we are delivering on our purpose of building a better working world. This year’s awards have the theme of ‘Ideas. Innovation. Inspiration.’ Each of our finalists are exceptional achievers who epitomize the theme with their unique ideas and disruptive innovation, are fostering inclusive growth, and are a source of inspiration for many.”

Former award winners have included Uday Kotak (Kotak Mahindra Bank), Rahul Bhatia (IndiGo), N.R Narayana Murthy (Infosys), Ratan Tata (Tata Group), Adi Godrej (Godrej Group), Mukesh D Ambani (Reliance), Sunil Bharti Mittal (Bharti Group), Kumar Mangalam Birla (Aditya Birla Group), Subhash Chandra (Zee Telefilms), Anil Agarwal (Vedanta), Tulsi Tanti (Suzlon), Anand Mahindra (M&M) and Dilip Shanghvi (Sun Pharmaceuticals).

Read more about the 17th EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM at ey.com/IN/EOY.


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