India's Most Trusted CEO's 2018 list released by WCRCINT/WCRCLEADERS

India’s Most Trusted CEO’s 2018 list released by WCRCINT/WCRCLEADERS

Brand of the Year
Shri Deepak Vasant Kesarkar releases the #trustedceo2018 by WCRCINT and WCRC Leaders
2nd edition of WCRCINT and WCRC Leaders #TrustedCEO 2018 celebrates the success, innovation and strategic vision of CEOs across a wide variety of sectors and industries. The listing of WCRC INDIA’S MOST TRUSTED CEO 2018 speaks volume about the most sought after in three major categories namely Iconic, Trailblazers and trendsetters. A list of CEOs across various industries was released by WCRCINT on 27th August 2018, the Ideasfest, Mumbai. Process research has been conducted by ibrands 360 team based on secondary research on the parameters of company revenues, popularity of the brand in the specific industry, profile of the leaders and CEO’s in the local media and communication from the company to the ibrands360 research team. World’s leading brand equity research and consulting firm WCRCINT released the ‘Annual Research Report 2018’ on India’s Best Brands, Leaders and Celebrities. The evening glittered with all the industry stalwarts, who synchronically, with one accord celebrated the most trusted CEOs, Brand of the Year and celebrities who are leading the change. Laurels, victories and trophies for inimitable and paramount brands and leaders marked the essence of IDEASFEST 2018. The research has been done by ibrands360, leaders in Brand Equity studies. The Process evaluation has been done by World Consulting and Research Corporation. The research has been executed by ibrands360 Brand Architecture.
Speaking on the occasion, Abhimanyu Ghosh, Editor in Chief and Chairman, Jury said “At WCRCINT we strive for excellence in our research and analysis. The last year has seen multiple ups and downs in all industries.
Abhimanyu Ghosh
Abhimanyu Ghosh, editor in Chief and Chairman, Jury – WCRCINT
We have assessed all situations and tried our level best to come up with a list of India’s best CEO’s 2018. Most CEO’s taken in the list of Iconic and Trailblazers edition are Executive CEO’s, who are driving their organisation to be clear leaders in the industry. The Trend Setters are mostly company owners who are taking giant steps in making their organisations c hallenge market leaders. Our segmentations are very clear. Its an effort to recognise not just the iconic CEO’s in India, but also a tribute to CEO’s and Leaders, who work at every level to make the economy stronger by challenging the best.”
Shri Deepak Vasant Kesarkar, Honorable Minister of State for Home, Finance and Planning, Maharashtra and Honourable Senior Cabinet Minister, Mahadev Jagannath Jankar Saheb, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Fisheries Development, Maharashtra were the special guests of honour. Selected brands and leaders were honoured in the presence of noted guests that included Subhash Ghai,Nandita Das, Ranvijay Singh, Sudesh Lehri and many more. The 2018 edition of ‘LEAD THE CHANGE’, INDIA KA DIL, PRIDE AWARDS recognized Pirodjsha Adi Godrej as the Pride of India – Most Influential Business Leader. The list also includes Rani Mukerji, Ranveer Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Ekta Kapoor, Nakuul Mehta, Jennifer Winget, Kishore Lulla, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Nandita Das, Sudesh Lehri, Ronit Roy amongst others.
Rani Mukerji on being awarded as the Pride Actor of the Year for Hichki, said, “I would like to thank KVG MEDIA and WCRC Leaders Asia for honoring me. Hichki is a reflection of how we all have weaknesses and, how we need to overcome them. I am very proud and thankful that Hichki has been accepted and loved by audiences. The theme of the event is Lead the Change and the core message of Hichki is also about that. We all have that right and duty to become the enablers of change in society and effect positive change in our communities.”
The Iconic category represents the benchmark of success for Executive CEOs that have delivered outstanding results over the years, and made a vital contribution to the vibrancy of business across the region. The Trusted CEO’s 2018, Iconic CEO’s represents the leaders in the category and popularity. The top Executive CEO’s of 2018 include Tapan Singhel – MD & CEO – Bajaj Allianz General Insurance,  Naushad Akhter Ansari – CEO, Steel Business – Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, Bhaskar Bhatt, CEO Titan, Aditya Puri- Managing Director of HDFC Bank, Sunil Duggal- Chief Executive Officer of Dabur, Kim Ki Wan- MD, LG Electronics, Nishi Vasudeva, Chairman & Managing Director, HPCL, Suresh Narayanan –CEO Nestle India, Kirthiga Reddy – Managing Director, Facebook India, Mallika Srinivasan CEO, TAFE India,  Mr. Chandru Kalro – MD and CEO TTK Prestige
Subhash Ghai and Shri Mahadev Jankar
Subhash Ghai and Shri Mahadev Jankar awarding Tapan Singhel
Naushad Ansari
Naushad Ansari being awarded by Subhash Ghai and Shri Mahadev Jankar
The research reveals a list of Trailblazer CEOs who have an innate sense of adventure, and whose impact is not just on their own companies but on the world around them.  namely Dr. Hari Prasad – President, Hospital Division, Apollo Hospitals, KV Abdul Azeez – MD, Skyline Builders, Ashish Mehrotra – CEO, Max Bupa, Rishika Lulla – CEO Eros Now, Nisha Narayanan – COO RedFM, Varun Seth – CEO Ketto, Ashish Bhasin- CEO Dentsu Aegis, Mohit Malhotra – CEO Godrej Properties,  Amit Gainda- CEO Avanse Financial Services, Deepak Mathur – CEO – Jaguar Overseas Limited, Rajeev Krishnan CEO, SPAR Hypermarket, Vipul Mathur – MD & CEO Welspun Corp Limited, Tarun Rai – CEO – J Walter Thompson South Asia, Srinivasan Gopalan- CEO Ozone Group, Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal- CEO, NBCC India, Ravi Reddy, Manading Director – Sri City,Bhaskar Patel, MD, Technip India Limited.
Commenting on the award, Tarun Rai, CEO, J Walter Thompson South Asia, said, “An award for trust is special. Trust has so many dimensions. As a CEO you need to ‘earn’ the trust of so many stakeholders. Your employees, your leadership team, your partners, your clients, your global company, shareholders, and trust goes beyond meeting budgeted numbers. It has to do with the culture you build, of creating a conducive work environment, of empowering people, of investing in their growth. I believe trust is the most important attribute for a leader. If you have your people’s trust you can move mountains.  
Tarun Rai, CEO, JWT, South Asia
Tarun Rai, CEO, JWT, South Asia
Nisha Narayanan, COO & Director, RED FM  said “It feels great to be recognized by WCRCINT. It’s a matter of pride for all of us at Red Fm to receive this prestigious award as I see to it as a team effort. My endeavor has always been to promote a participatory culture at the workplace fostering some of the most innovative ideas that we have worked on be it ‘Malishka ko mat sun’ or ‘Mumbai khadde main’ or even the most recent campaign ‘National Jock Exchange’. Red Fm is a dynamic brand and it is important for us to keep reinventing ourselves to stay relevant to our core TG which is the youth. My goal for the brand is to take a geographical spread to cover all the important tier 1 and tier 2 towns as these would be the growth hubs for us in the near future. We are generating great amount of vernacular content which has a growing segment of takers. The brand essence is bajaate raho and we continue to build the product to cater to the right audience and be present across all the right platforms to catch them where they are.”
Nisha Narayanan, COO, RED FM
Nisha Narayanan, COO, RED FM
Vocalising the essence of leadership, seminal business leader Rajeev Krishnan, CEO, Spar Hypermarket  said “This definitely has to be one of the most humble experiences in my life. To be able to do what you do, to be able to love doing it every day of your life, and to be able to do it with people you love, is the ultimate in life. The word “trust” is an extremely powerful word & to be given that responsibility is even more breathtaking in itself. I’m extremely grateful and I certainly hope I can live up to this honour for years to come.”
The list of trendsetters of the industry, who are transpiring at a rapid pace and at the same time creating a mark of exceptional growth and visibility of their brand includes Dr. Sanjay Salunkhe- CEO, Jaro Education, Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff – MD and CEO, Kalorex Group, Ankush Nijhawan – Travel Boutique Online,  Monish Chatrath -CEO – MGC & KNAV Global Risk Advisory LLP, Badrinath Rao – CEO- Cattleya Technosys Private Limited, Farid Khan, CEO, Profine India Window Technology, Muralidhar Yadama – MD, Myk laticrete India, M Bhat – Managing Director – Ador Welding Ltd, Indra Kumar – CMD – Avanti Feeds Limited, Swati Nathani – Co Founder – Team Pumpkin, Dr. Commander Kartikay Saini – Chairman, Scottish High International School, Kantilal Koli, CMD – Sandhya Group, Pushpender Sethi- CEO, Kuber Grains,  Pawan Agarwal, MD, Naini Group of Industries, Dr Sandeep Gupta – Managing Director – Richa Industries Limited.
Dr. Sandeep Gupta-CEO, Richa Industries said “ I am pleased, honoured & humbled to accept this award, A very special thanks to WCRC Leaders for selecting me as “Most Trusted CEO 2018”. As Richa Industries Limited is always been close to my heart and receiving the award for “Most Trusted CEO” for it,  is indeed a great feeling. I wish all the best to WCRC in all its future endeavors. Ashish Mehrotra, MD and CEO, Max Bupa Health Insurance on winning the Most Trusted CEO Award said “I feel truly honoured to have received this prestigious award on behalf of Max Bupa from WCRC INT+. Honestly, it would not have been possible without the whole of Max Bupa team. It underlines their efforts to redefine health insurance in India with the help of innovation products and use of technology in processes to serve customers better. I would like to thank the jury and the organising team for the honor.”
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