Finalists announced for EOY’17 award

EY, the leading global professional services organisation, has announced the selection of 16 of the most exceptional entrepreneurs as Finalists for the 19th Entrepreneur of the Year – India (EOY) 2017 Awards. The finalists have been selected from among 250+ outstanding nominations and will be felicitated at a grand celebratory awards
banquet to be held on February 15 in Mumbai.

Together, these 16 finalists have combined revenues of INR 77,751.4 crore (USD11.6 billion) and are providing employment to 83,601 people in India and globally. The winners will be announced across several categories, while the national winner will represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEOY) in Monte Carlo from
June 13-17, 2018.

This year’s finalists too represent entrepreneurs with innovative ideas who have become successful by charting a disruptive growth path

A distinguished nine-member independent jury panel, led by Dilip Shanghvi, managing director, Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries selected the finalists. The other jury members included  Jalaj Dani, co-promoter, Asian Paints; Harsh Goenka, chairperson, RPG Enterprises; Naina Lal Kidwai, chairman, Max Financial Services; Meher Pudumjee, chairperson, Thermax Ltd; Renuka Ramnath, managing director and chief executive officer, Multiples Alternate Asset Management; Vijay Sankar, deputy chairman, Sanmar Group; M K Sharma, chairman, ICICI
Bank and Romesh Sobti, managing director and chief executive officer, IndusInd Bank.

Dilip Shanghvi, jury chairman and managing Director, Sun Pharmaceuticals says, “I have been a part of the Jury for the EOY Awards for a few years now and have come across an array of unconventional yet successful entrepreneurs. What I respect about the selection process is that it is consistently and rigorously followed across 50+ countries. It is basis a comprehensive research on companies spanning different sectors. This year’s finalists too represent entrepreneurs with innovative ideas who have become successful by charting a disruptive growth path.”

Finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 India Awards:

  • Sanjiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Finserv
  • Puneet Dalmia, MD, Dalmia Group
  • Ramesh K. Dua, MD, Relaxo Footwears
  • Sunder Genomal, MD, Page Industries
  • Akhil Gupta, vice chairman of Bharti Group and executive chairman of Bharti Infratel
  • Ankur Jain, CEO, B9 Beverages
  • Zorawar Kalra, founder & MD, Massive Restaurants
  • Nithin Kamath, founder & CEO, Zerodha
  • Samay Kohli, group CEO, GreyOrange India
  • Satheesh Kumar K R, chairman & MD, Enzen Global Solutions
  • VP Nandakumar, MD and CEO, Manappuram Finance
  • Glenn Saldanha, chairman and MD, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
  • Rashesh Shah, chairman and CEO, Edelweiss Financial Services
  • Ajay Singh, chairman and MD, SpiceJet
  • Kedar Vaze, director & group CEO, Keva (SH Kelkar)
  • Sumant Sinha, founder chairman & CEO, ReNew Power Ventures

India’s Metro Man, Dr E Sreedharan will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his invaluable contributions transforming public transport in India. He was instrumental in the planning and execution of the Kolkata Metro, Delhi Metro, Kochi Metro and Lucknow Metro. He
also spearheaded the Konkan Railway project, considered one of the most difficult railway projects in the world, and completing it in a short span of eight years. Among several other acknowledgements, Dr Sreedharan has also earlier been conferred the esteemed Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards from the Government of India for his contributions to public transportation.

Rajiv Memani, chairman, EY India, says, “In a world where disruption is the new normal, exceptional entrepreneurs are creating value by embracing innovation and constantly reinventing themselves. The Finalists display exceptional ideas and uniqueness in their operating models in seemingly conventional businesses. Each one of them is not only a force to reckon within the industry, but also has a keen eye for expanding their footprint in the global market while adopting new generation technologies in their business.”

The 16 Finalists have a combined revenue of over INR 77,751.4 crore (USD11.6 billion) and employ over 83,601 people worldwide

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.

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