Brij Mohanlal Munjal, Founder, Hero Group, was awarded the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 7th edition of 'India Business Leader Awards 2012' (IBLA) in recognition for his part in the establishment of the Hero Group as one of the most recognized and successful brands in the India. After parting ways with its joint venture with Honda, Mr. Brij Mohanlal Munjal was instrumental in reinventing the brand ‘Hero’ and is synonymous with its success.
Hero Group awarded at CNBC-TV18’s Indian Business Leader Awards 2012
IBLA is Asia’s most distinguished awards for 'Excellence in Leadership' and is presented by Omkar Realtors and Developers Pvt Ltd. The awards witnessed some of the brightest stars from India Inc. take centre stage in a glittering ceremony, which was presided over by the Honorable Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee at The Lalit, New Delhi. The India Business Leader Awards are a continuation of the tradition set by CNBC’s Asia Business Leader Awards. IBLA has been established to honor the individuals and organizations that have created new benchmarks for corporate excellence and have taken Indian Business to a new echelon of fame.
The winners of IBLA were selected through an extensive multistage selection process, perfected over the years with an experience in over 12 countries. In the final stage, an eminent jury selected the leaders in different award categories. This year the jury was chaired by Mr. Mukesh Ambani. Mr. KM Birla, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Ms. Chanda Kochhar and Mr. Deepak Parekh joined Mr. Ambani to draw up a stellar list of winners.
The awards witnessed luminaries from the Business fraternity like Ms. Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director, ICICI Bank; Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group; Mr. Deepak Parekh, Non-Executive Chairman, HDFC; Mr. B. Muthuraman, Vice Chairman, Tata Steel; Mayank Pareek, Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki; Renu karnad, Additional Director, HDFC; Ajai Chowdhry, Founder & Chairman - HCL Infosystems; Kris Gopalkrishnan, Co-Founder & Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys amongst others.
Speaking at the occasion, Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee said, “I would like to congratulate CNBC TV 18 on an excellent programme, India Business Leader Awards 2012, a platform that recognizes the individuals and organization who have created new benchmarks for corporate excellence and have taken Indian Business to a new echelon of fame.”
Further adding to this, he stated that “The Indian economy cannot be fully insulated from global threats as the world economy particularly the Eurozone remains fragile; the growth rate could fall below seven per cent in the current financial year from 8.5% a year ago. There are some clear signals of inflation moderating in the coming months. I am expecting (inflation) to be in the range of 6-7% by end March. Our growth for 2011-12 may be around seven per cent. Despite the challenges before us, I am confident that we will improve our short term growth prospects in the coming months. The Indian currency has depreciated by over 16 per cent against US dollar in the current financial year. In the year of extreme difficulty, success can only be achieved by hard work.”
Speaking about the awards, Mr. Udayan Mukherjee, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18 said, “IBLA was initiated 7 years ago to honor India’s most outstanding business leaders for their contribution to India Inc. Its success can be dictated by the fact that it has become a benchmark in achievement. This year we have continued this initiative to salute those captains of industry who have braved the turbulent international conditions and kept India’s flag flying high.”
Commenting at the event, Mr. Babulal Varma, Managing Director, Omkar Realtors and Developers Pvt Ltd. said, “We salute the genius and valor of the Indian business fraternity and are proud to be associated with CNBC’s Indian Business Leader Awards, which commend and appreciate such pioneers.”
Other to win category-wise are: First Generation Entrepreneur Of The Year, Mr. Murali k Divi; Most Promising Entrant Into The Big League, Thermax; Taking India Abroad! (Brand India), Birla Group; Indian Global Achiever, Anshu Jain; Social Enterprise Of The Year NGO's, Naandi Foundation; Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Indian Business, Narendra Modi; Young Turk of the Year, Flipkart; Lifetime Achievement Award, Brij Mohanlal Munjal; CNBC-TV18’s Outstanding Woman Business Leader Of The Year, Renu Karnad; CNBC-TV18’s Outstanding Company Of The Year, TCS; Hall Of Fame, C. K. Prahlad.