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Cover story | January 3, 2016

The Top 100 CEOs, 2016

The Top 100 CEOs, 2016

Presenting the BT-PwC India list of India's Top 100 CEOs.

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.

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.

Perfect Recipe

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

The 'inner' secret to success

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

On A Roll

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


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

The Start-up CEO

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

How we picked India's Best CEOs 2015

For better comparability, we revisited our groupings this time. Companies were split into four categories based on their total income - super large, large, mid-sized and small - within each sector and overall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

January 3, 2016

Editor's Note


The Modern CEO's Job

 A CEO today has to constantly worry about the introduction of a new product or service that would make his current offerings obsolete in no time.

Leadership Spotlight


'Should have given more space to CEO'

In an interview to Business Today, Ashok Soota reflects on his tough decisions, leadership style, the separation of powers between the executive chairman and the CEO.



'New Bankruptcy law is essential for economy'

TK Vishwanathan, chairman of the committee that drafted the new Bankruptcy Code speaks about government's mission to usher in sweeping changes to the country's bankruptcy law.



Tax disputes with India Inc a challenge for govt

The overall magnitude of tax disputes in the Indian corporate sector is even higher. Arrears for customs and service tax were Rs 21,021 crore and Rs 83,112 crore, respectively, as on March 2015.

Paris Heats Up in Final Week

The Paris talks raise little hope of a consensus on climate change with developed nations remaining non-committal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and developing nations refusing to give up.