Top 10 India Inc's Most Powerful CEOs 2013

Editor - CoolAvenues | July 19,2013 12:13 pm IST

The Economic Times conducted a survey ET Corporate Dossier Most Powerful CEOs. The IMRB International conducted the survey for the ET.

The rankings measured power based on six parameters: leadership, strategy & innovation, performance, stature, social contribution and governance.

Three of the top 10 in the 2013 edition of 'India Inc's Most Powerful CEOs' are professionals.

1) Mukesh D Ambani
Mukesh Ambani joined Reliance in 1981. He initiated Reliance industy's business from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals, petroleum refining and going up-stream into oil and gas exploration and production.

2) Azim Premji
Azim Premji of Wipro has been at the helm of the company from the time he has returned from Stanford University in the late 1960's. he turned the then $2 million hydrogenated cooking fat company into the $ 7.3 billion revenue IT, BPO and R&D Services organization, which today has a presence in 54 countries.

3) Ratan Tata
Ratan N Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons from 1991 till his retirement on December 28, 2012.

He also chaired the major Tata companies—Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. He has been conferred with the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons.

4) Kumar Mangalam Birla
Kumar Mangalam Birla (46) is the Chairman of Aditya Birla Group. The company operates in 36 countries across six continents and over 50 per cent of its revenues flow from its operations outside India.

Birla took over the group as Chairman at a young age of 28, after the untimely demise of his father. He eventually raised the Group's turnover from US $2 billion in 1995, to US $40 billion today.

5) Chanda D Kochhar
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, India's second-largest bank, Chanda Kochhar began her career, with erstwhile ICICI Limited in 1984 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of ICICI Bank in 2001.

6) Anil D Ambani
Anil D Ambani, 50, is the chairman of all listed companies of the Reliance Group—Reliance Communications, Reliance Capital, Reliance Energy and Reliance Natural Resources.


An MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the younger Ambani is also the president of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Gandhinagar.

7) Sunil Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises and the Chairman of Bharti Airtel.

He started the company at a young age of 18 after graduating from Punjab University in India in 1976 and founded Bharti. Today, Bharti employs over 30,000 people.

8) N Chandrasekaran
Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the CEO and MD of TCS, joined the company as chief executive in October 2009. The company has grown at a compounded annual rate of 21 per cent since then.

9) Anand G Mahindra
According to company’s website, Anand Mahindra started off at Mahindra in 1981 when he joined Mahindra Ugine Steel Co (MUSCO), a major producer of specialty steels, as Executive Assistant to the Finance Director. In 1989, he was appointed President and Deputy Managing Director of the company.

In 1991, he was appointed Deputy MD of M&M. He became the MD in 1997, and was promoted as Vice Chairman in 2003. He was appointed Chairman of the board in 2012.

10) Aditya Puri
Aditya Puri has been the MD of HDFC since September 1994. Prior to joining HDFC, HE was the CEO of Citibank, Malaysia from 1992 to 1994.

Puri holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Punjab University and is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Source: The Economic Times


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