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What is it that distinguishes business leaders from their peers and counterparts? domain-b explores the accomplishments of these prominent business leaders.
From soaps to IT
Azim PremjiAzim Premji, chairman and managing director, Wipro Ltd, is the richest Indian and one of the few to have successfully diversified from an inherited vegetable oils and soaps business to an extremely successful global IT venture.
Steering Indian auto components in to world markets
Baba KalyaniWith his uncompromisng emphasis on quality, Baba Kalyani has elevated 'made in India' in to a respectable benchmark
HP's merger queen
Carly FiorinaAfter joining HP in July 1999, Fiorina led the reinvention of the company many associate with the birth of Silicon Valley, returning HP to its roots of innovation and inventiveness. Fiorina successfully led HP's controversial merger with Compaq Computer Corp, now recognised as the most successful high-tech merger in history.
"The 'I' in every Indian must stand for innovation"
Dr Raghunath Anant MashelkarConsidered India's foremost technocrat, R A Mashelkar is the director general of the premier Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the largest chain of industrial research and development institutions in the world with 38 laboratories and 22,000 employees.
Nurturing Indian software talent
Faqir Chand KohliStarting his career with the Canadian General Electric Company, Kohli then worked with Ebasco International Corporation, the New York Connecticut Valley Power Exchange, and New England Power System, Boston, where he trained in Power System Operation Planning.
Leadership genius
Jack WelchHis extraordinary leadership skills in promoting the cult of innovation at GE transformed Jack Welch, former CEO, General Electric, in to an iconic management figure
The change agent of Tata Steel
Jamshed J IraniDr. Irani began his career in 1963 as Senior Scientific Officer at BISRA, Sheffield. In 1968 he joined The Tata Iron and Steel Company Ltd (TISCO) as assistant to director, Research & Development.
New face of Indian retail
Kishore BiyaniBiyani, 45, is CEO, Future Group, which is designed to cater to the entire Indian consumption space. After graduating in commerce, Biyani joined the family textiles business. Five years later he launched the first branded ready-made trouser, called Pantaloon, marketed through The Pantaloon Shoppe.
Reinventing IBM
Louis V Gerstner, JrLouis V Gerstner, Jr, was chairman of the board of IBM Corporation from April 1993 until his retirement in December 2002. He served as chief executive officer of IBM from 1993 until March 2002.
The branding strategist
Martin RollHe is CEO of VentureRepublic, the leading strategic advisory firm on branding based in Singapore and Copenhagen. A thought-leader on branding driven by tremendous experience and insights, Roll facilitates business leaders and organisations of Fortune 500 companies to think bold for future strategies.
A tough life at the Planning Commission
Montek Singh AhluwaliaThere's no question that Montek Singh Ahluwalia brought life to Yojana Bhavan when he became deputy chairman of the Planning Commission.
First lady of finance
Naina Lal KidwaiKidwai is chief executive officer, HSBC India, and country head, HSBC Group Companies in India. Prior to this she was deputy CEO, HSBC, and managing director and vice chairman of HSBC Securities and Capital Markets India Private Limited.
Quest for excellence
Narayana MurthyOn his 60th birthday on 20 August 2006, N R Narayana Murthy will retire as chairman of Infosys Technologies, a company he co founded in Bangalore back in 1981 along with six other software engineers.
The master strategist
Kumar Mangalam BirlaKumar Mangalam Birla, 39, is particularly known for his global ambitions — and successes. When he took over as chairman in 1995, the Aditya Birla Group was already present in the Far East (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines) and Egypt, apart from being among the top three business groups in India.
Tending it like a Tata
Ratan TataBarely a decade and a half ago, when Ratan Tata took over as chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, people in the markets and in management circles dismissed him as a person of no consequence.
Leadership in crisis
Rudolph GiulianiGiuliani's book, Leadership, was published in October 2002. It became an immediate bestseller, spending 25 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including five weeks at number 1.
An earnest entrepreneur
Sunil Bharti MittalSunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of the Bharti group of industries is a man who thinks big and talks straight. The door of the conference room of his Dehli office is inscribed in capital letters with the words 'sultanate 1.' That's thinking big for you.
In quest of excellence
Tom PetersPeters and Bob Waterman co-authored In Search of Excellence in 1982, which was named by NPR (in 1999) as one of the "Top Three Business Books of the Century," and ranked as the "greatest business book of all time" in a poll by Britain's Bloomsbury Publishing (2002).
The king of good times
Vijay MallyaIn 1990, Mallya led the restructuring of The UB Group, retaining only the areas of core competence, transforming the vastly diversified UB conglomerate into a handful of key operating businesses that dramatically increased shareholder value.
Voyager on the milky way
As chairman of NDDB Dr Kurien's major engagement was with Operation Flood, a spectacularly successful multipurpose programme that created a flood of milk that turned a scarcity into a surplus, popularly known as the White Revolution.
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