New Delhi: Audit and consultancy firm Ernst & Young has named B. Ramalinga Raju, chairman and founder of Satyam Computer Services Ltd, as the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007”. Nine other entrepreneurs have been chosen for awards across various categories.
“The winners are outstanding individuals who have not only built best-in-class businesses, which are making their mark on the global platform, but have also taken innovative steps to positively impact the society and wider community,” Rajiv Memani, country managing partner of Ernst & Young, said in a statement.
Mahindra Group’s Keshub Mahindra was conferred the Lifetime Achi-evement Award by the jury, chaired by ICICI Bank chief K.V. Kamath.
The jury also decided to consider two new categories—social entrepreneurship and infrastructure and construction—to recognize contributions to the vital sectors of the economy.
Ela Ramesh Bhatt, founder and general secretary of Self-Employed Women’s Association, was selected for the Social Entrepreneurship Award, while Atul Punj, chairman and managing director (CMD) of Punj Lloyd Ltd, was chosen for the Infrastructure & Construction Award.
Also, JSW Steel Ltd CMD Sajjan Jindal was chosen for his role in the manufacturing industry; HCL Enterprises Ltd’s Shiv Nadar in the services category; and Cyrus Poonawalla of Serum Institute of India Ltd for health care and life sciences. Network18’s Raghav Bahl was named business transformation entrepreneur, Shikha Sharma of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance the manager entrepreneur; and Manoj Kumar Upadhyay of Acme Tele Power as the start-up entrepreneur of the year.