Narayana Murthy – Non-Executive Chairman & Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies, a Bangalore-based global IT consulting giant
The father of Indian software. As Harvard Business School Professor Tarun Khanna claims, “Infosys stands out on the world stage because it is possibly the most transparent and open company in the world.”
Malvinder Singh – former CEO & Managing Director of Ranbaxy, India’s largest pharmaceutical company. Ranbaxy is a prime example of a family-owned business in India that has gone on to diversify and incorporate a world-class professional structure.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw – Chairman of Biocon India, Asia’s largest biotechnology company
The fact that Kiran Mazumdar Shaw started from scratch and created a global force in Biocon makes her worth examining as a role model. Being a woman might have made it impossible for her to break through the male-dominated world of brewing, but it did not stop her from using her talent in fermentation to find a cure for obscure diseases in the biotechnology sector.
KV Kamath – Chairman of ICICI Bank, India’s largest private bank
Took what was a developmental finance institution and turned it into a globally recognised and integrated banking brand.
S. Ramadorai – Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software company
In terms of rising through the ranks on the basis of sheer talent, Subramaniam Ramadorai stands out. He began as a junior engineer in a fledgling Tata business and is now responsible for propelling Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) into the big league to compete with the likes of IBM and Accenture.
Kishore Lulla – CEO of Eros Entertainment, India’s largest distributor of films and entertainment From IT to Bollywood might seem like an odd jump, but Kishore Lulla illustrates how a relatively obscure product can become a significant tool for expansion in the right hands. Bollywood films may have been ridiculed as melodramatic and frivolous song-and-dance routines in the past, but their profit margins have forced the world to sit up and take notice. Lulla saw the potential way back in the 1970s and has built Eros International into a media powerhouse ready to take on the world.
Shiv Nadar – Chairman of HCL Technologies, India’s fourth largest IT company
Another IT leader, started with manufacturing hardware and has successfully made the transition to delivering high-value software consultancy services to some of the world’s largest companies. When his company HCL set up a call centre operation in Belfast, in a single stroke it silenced the critics of outsourcing as a damaging phenomenon that was squeezing jobs away from the West.
Tulsi Tanti – Chairman of Suzlon Energy, the world’s fifth largest supplier of turbines for wind power A Gujarati businessman who had the foresight to realise that energy costs are crucial to the success of any manufacturing firm in India. What started as his need to manage costs soon became a global solution. Tanti’s Suzlon sells turbines to the world and can compete with Al Gore in rattling off carbon facts.
Subhash Chandra – Chaiman of Zee TV, India’s first satellite channel
The man with the Midas touch who claims he can create something out of nothing. Known as the media baron who took on Rupert Murdoch and won, Chandra’s global domination in the field of entertainment remains on course, while his achievements in the global packaging industry are also worthy of note.
Baba Kalyani – Chairman of Bharat Forge, the world’s largest forgings company
Took on the daunting task of changing the image of the manufacturing sector in India away from cheap, low skill and inferior to its Chinese neighbours. Every second truck in the US has a part in it supplied by Kalyani’s firm. Sensing the global slowdown in the auto sector, he’s pushed ahead with diversifying his business holdings.