Mumbai: Anand Mahindra, vice-chairman and managing director of industrial conglomerate Mahindra Group, was named Indian entrepreneur of the year 2009 by audit and consultancy firm Ernst and Young Pvt. Ltd (E&Y) on Tuesday.
Seven other corporate leaders of India were conferred awards in various categories, part of E&Y’s global business award programme that spans 50 nations, the company said in a statement.
Mahindra will represent India at the E&Y world entrepreneur of the year award competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in May.
Recognition: Mahindra Group vice-chairman and managing director Anand Mahindra. Rajkumar/Mint
N. Vaghul, former chairman, ICICI Bank Ltd, won the lifetime achievement award.
Other winners included Amit Mittal, chairman and managing director, A2Z Maintenance and Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd (start-up category); Vikram Akula, chairperson, SKS Microfinance Pvt. Ltd (business transformation); Harsh C. Mariwala, chairman and managing director, Marico Ltd. (manufacturing); O.P. Bhatt, chairman and managing director, State Bank of India (manager); Pankaj R. Patel, chairman and managing director, Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd (healthcare and life sciences); and Shashi Kiran Shetty, chairman and managing director, Allcargo Global Logistics Ltd (services).
“The winners are outstanding individuals who have not only built best-in-class businesses, but have demonstrated tremendous resilience and tenacity in dealing with uncertainty as also displayed the ability to put India back on track quickly,” said Rajiv Memani, chief executive and country managing partner, E&Y.
A jury headed by M. Damodaran, chairman of Damodaran Group and former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, selected the winners.