Top 100 Great People Managers India 2020

Methodology

In its second year of the Great People Manager Study, Great Manager Institute followed a rigorous four-layer process to arrive at a list of the 100 best managers in the country.

A total of 1,158 organisations (up from 408 in 2019) participated this year and 6,344 managers were assessed. In all, 30,000-plus employees were covered under the study conducted over a period of one year.

While nationwide and industry-related insights were sought to understand people management styles, the final call was taken after weighing the responses from the participating managers and their teams.

The first layer comprised seeking feedback from employees about their reporting managers using an 18-statement survey that had a 1-5 rating scale. Qualitative insights were also sought through three open-ended statements. The survey is based on the framework—‘Connect, Develop, Inspire’ —a proprietary framework of Great Manager Institute.

Based on the team feedback from a minimum of three responses, about 25 percent of the managers moved to round two. In this step, managers were asked to share their best practices that have led to tangible and intangible impacts. An objective evaluation of the submitted practices was done in the areas of uniqueness, impact and all-inclusiveness.

The above-mentioned layers were also interspersed with automated and manual auditing to remove biased or ignorant responses.

The third step was an audit on the uniqueness of practices of managers with respect to other managers in their company and/or industry. This was followed by a final check with the organisation and a detailed reputation check.

The Top 100 Great People Managers list was arrived at after giving 67 percent weightage to the team feedback score and 33 percent to manager practices submitted by them. In the case of a tie-breaker, a technology-powered quantitative evaluation of comments was used. A limit of three managers per organisation was maintained to ensure people from different industries and companies make it to the list. Forbes India is the media partner and Suresh Surana & Associates LLP is the audit partner for the study.

GPMS 2020 Team

Abhijit Tambe brings in an experience of 18+ years having spent a major part of that at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital. The organization is a group of multi specialty hospitals in Mumbai and Thane, founded in the honor of the legend Dr L H Hiranandani.

His people practices combine tradition with modernity. The focus on fun during learning makes the job of the front office staff much easier, who would have otherwise been bogged with the stress hospitals cause for the front office.

Aditya Malla heads a hotel with a staff of more than 150 and does so in his unique style focused on welfare and morale. Doubletree by Hilton Pune is centrally located in the commercial hub of Chinchwad in Pune and boasts a very high rating on Tripadvisor and other platforms. An alumnus of institutions like IMT Ghaziabad (PGDEM - Human Resources) & University of Delhi (BA Honours in Economics), he has enriched his knowledge with a Strategic Management course in Luxury & Lifestyle Business from IIM Bangalore (2019).

Mr Malla's practices of looking after the entire staff of the hotel on a personal level makes him a well loved leader.

Ajay Oberoi had been the CPO at IDBI Federal Life Insurance Co Ltd, got super annuated in April 2020, and is now running his own consulting firm. Well accepted by stakeholders across hierarchy as coach, mentor, facilitator, trusted advisor besides seasoned HR professional, who can deliver with stretch targets of quality, cost despite adversities/demanding situations; his success is also a function of his tenure at this esteemed organization.

His ability to inspire with a depth of domain knowledge made him the favorites of the team he worked with, making him a great people manager.

A leader who speaks from the heart displaying genuineness that brings in love and respect from all stakeholders, Amandeep Bawa has spent around 9 years at Panasonic India Pvt Ltd that has helped him get nurtured into this greatness. With an experience of more than 2 decades in the IT industry, Amandeep has ensured special recognitions for his team at Panasonic India.

Practices that speak to the heart and demonstrate purity are rare to find. This is what makes Amandeep a great people manager.

Amit Mittal is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has held Project Management and Plant Management roles in his professional career spanning over 22 years. Currently, he is responsible for Operations in Signify Innovations India Limited for its Division Digital Products. Signify is the world leader in lighting with purpose to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.

His endeavour is to help, develop the team, in such a way that they recognise and perform at their full potential by providing feedback and a conducive platform to grow.

Anil currently spearheads the Employee Satisfaction Enhancement vertical of Bharat Petroleum a premier Maharatna Oil Major. He utilizes his spare time in mentoring, in a honorary capacity, the 400 member strong, young team of employees, interns and volunteers, of Sanjeevani ... Life Beyond Cancer, a non-profit, founded in 2012, by his wife Ruby, a cancer survivor herself, Sanjeevani today works in 12 states and has enriched lives of over 2,50,000 patients since inception.

Sanjeevani, under the leadership of Ruby and Anil, has created a culture focused on the ethos of compassion and mentoring. Sanjeevani is a nation builder as stated by its founder and hence the practices of its leaders drive the team towards the goal of building the nation.

Anil Ghegade has built a team of super achievers at Eaton India Innovation Center. Eaton India is known for its innovation driven culture and leaders like Anil drive the same. He is an experienced executive with proven results in innovation management, product life cycle management with diversified global experience in engineering research, product/technology development in industrial products. He joined Eaton in 2005 as a Product Engineer in Eaton’s Innovation Center at Pune. He has taken up several roles of increasing responsibilities and was instrumental to build product development capabilities and has successfully launched multiple products .

Practices of Anil show how people management can lead to strong business impact, how its possible to extract the highest potential of team members without putting them under stress of any kind. He focuses on using positive practices towards achievement of business objectives.

Founder of a startup that claims to be the largest student community across domains and engages with the students of B-Schools, Engineering Colleges, and other Graduate colleges with 1 million+ active registrations from across 10,000+ colleges, Ankit is a great people entrepreneur.

With his practices focused on development that goes beyond the current roles of his team members, Ankit embodies the "Develop" behaviour area that forms the crux of Connect, Develop, Inspire framework.

During his 17 years of working with technology, Ankit has engineered multiple products in Business Intelligence domain. He loves innovating and building solutions that can transform the way enterprises analyse their data and gain business advantage. His current work at Intellicus involves creating the world’s most powerful BI acceleration platform that delivers instant insights on massive amounts of data. Big Data and Cloud are his primary areas of expertise.

Ankit believes in creating leaders by inspiring his team members rather than just motivating them. He always operates from the larger context and ensures that his team stays inspired and committed to the bigger outcome.

A seasoned Digital advertising and Marketing professional with 12 years of hands-on experience of managing various aspects of the digital market space, with expertise in leading global teams like Advertising Operations, Order Management System, Salesforce system and Tech Operations, Anuj Nayyar is part of the leadership team at VDX.tv, a global advertising technology company.

His Management philosophy is based on relationship building and trust, where he recognizes talent and gives them complete autonomy to demonstrate their skills and gain visibility.

A dynamic leader with a focus on teamplay & team success, consistently motivating & ensuring alignment of all towards the organizational goals & objectives. He is currently associated as Senior Manager – Administration with Kelly Services India, a leader in providing workforce solutions.

His soft skills together with knowledge & hands on experience in the field of Infrastructure, Facility Management, Travel Management, Vendor Management, Event management and Merchandise Procurement has enabled him to be always in demand and highlighted among the others.

Arjun Singh Dasoondi is seasoned Research and Development professional with 18 years of experience in Nutrition and Pharmaceutical space. At Amway, presently he heads the Process & Packaging Development function for Nutrition, Beauty, Personal Care and Homecarproducts for Emerging Markets, based at Gurgaon. He has managed several critical roles spanning Nutrition Formulation Development, Product Re-Engineering, Business Sustaining & Technology Transfer.

Arjun has successfully used the practices designed by the management of Amway and added his own uniqueness to the same, to achieve greatness in people management.

Arpit is a Chartered Accountant and leads KCM's International Tax & Transfer Pricing practice, also plays a major role in Branding and Business Development. He specializes in tax and regulatory implications of cross-border transactions covering exchange control regulations, tax treaties including MLI, BEPS Action Plans and transfer pricing. He has co-authored India Report on “The notion of tax and the elimination of international double taxation or double non-taxation” for IFA in 2016.

Arpit has a meticulous eye for detail and surrounds himself with like-minded people. He believes in on-the-job vocal appreciations and providing his team with better opportunities and ample space to grow. He welcomes different perspectives, ideas and thoughts.

Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Ferguson Humanitarian Foundation International, Inc. (USA), Advaith Foundation Bengaluru Leadership Award, and President’s National Teacher Award for his contribution in education, Ashok has a keen interest in quality education, teachers’ professional development, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As the Director of Ahlcon Group of Schools, he has taken the group to new heights while knowing that the success of a school lies in the empowerment of its teachers and staff.

As the head of Crowne Plaza Greater Noida, Ashwani has used his unique leadership style to create a culture of connect, develop and inspire in the entire staff of his hotel. This is the second year IHG group hotel features in this list, thus also demonstrating that its a group that nurtures greatness in people management.

With around 30 years of experience, Ashwani is armed with the knowledge of managing situations of crisis as being currently faced by us. His practices showed how the hotel industry can survive and excel during the biggest crisis it has seen in decades, while maintaining the morale of their teams. We salute this true hero of the pandemic.

 

Ayush is a people's leader at Netcore, AI-powered Growth Marketing platform designed to help marketers listen, analyse and build 1:1 smart conversations with consumers.

His practices are around extracting the best out of his team in a manner that they feel connected to their leader during the process. He also understands the power of creating unique and memorable practices. If you get an opportunity to meet him, ask him about his practice called "Mount Everest" that his team swears by.

Balfour Manuel is the Managing Director of Blue Dart, South Asia's premier courier, and integrated express package distribution and Logistics Company, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s business unit, DHL eCommerce Solutions. He has been a Blue Darter since 1983, a Blue Dart veteran and a proud day one employee. Balfour has been instrumental in the success of Blue Dart from the very beginning of the company’s inception. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, Balfour was Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 2019.

Creating a culture of trust in the entire organization and inspiring his leaders through his own unique practices with his direct reports makes him a Great People CEO/MD!

The second time winner on this list, Bansi is known for her pioneering approach to Human Resources; she was recognized with the Women Super Achiever Award in 2017 and was among the Top 100 HR Leaders Who Make A Difference in 2018 at the World Women Leadership Congress & Awards by World HRD Congress. She was also recognized among the Social Samosa Superwomen of 2019 and was announced as the HR Person of The Year 2019 and 2020 at the Indian Agency Awards by Social Samosa.

Her practices directly remind us of her designation, that of Chief Happiness Officer at this digital media organization. She has been able to maintain uniqueness in her practices and has not taken her previous success for granted. She is aware that being able to connect, develop and inspire requires constant and consistent effort, as demonstrated by the new practices she designed last year.

Bhargavi is a seasoned technology leader with more than 25 years of experience across several fortune 100 companies, currently working as the CIO, Corporate Technology for Bank of New York Mellon Technology. In this role, Bhargavi leads global technology team spread across multiple geographies and is responsible for innovating and delivering value maximizing technology for all the corporate functions of BNY Mellon. She also leads the DevOps transformation for BNY globally.

Technology is her first love and one can see the power of the same even in her people manager practices. She loves reading books on spirituality while also developing her team members through her unique take on the corporate world. If someone wants to learn from her, they should see how she uses her knowledge from books in her day to day activities.

This is the second year that Aditi Consulting features in our list. Britto Ambrose is the person known for nurturing greatness in leadership as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Aditi Consulting. Aditi Consulting is a leading talents-on-demand and technology solutions company.

Britto knows the basics of connect, develop, and inspire, the framework by Great Manager Institute that creates people managers. But he goes a level beyond and creates unique twists in the age old well accepted practices. The stamp of his managerial style is seen in the regular activities he does.

Budhisagar Shukla of Aveva is a seasoned finance professional with more than 23 years of total experience in the field of Finance, Taxation, Business partnering and General management. He has a strong domain knowledge and has a hunger to learn more.

He is an established professional whose skills go far beyond the normal financial accounting. He is a positive person with a "can overcome" attitude. With his good business acumen, strong financial and operational expertise, analytical abilities and ‘out of the box thinking’, Budhisagar adds tremendous insight to business dynamics; and comes across as a leader who understands that people management is about managing relationships and also achieving business objectives through the same.

Harsh Patel, Global CEO of Water and Shark, is a self-motivated leader with a vision to bring momentous changes to the Global Finance & Accountancy sector. At the young age of 19, he had his line of sight set on transforming the financial consultancy aspect of businesses. With his background of Chartered Accountancy, he aimed to set new standards for the industry as a whole.

Consistently achieving milestones, Water and Shark has paved its way to be an exceptionally competent financial accountancy and consultancy firm. Harsh’s expertise lies in Tax & Regulatory Services, Strategic Advisory, Global Business Set-up, International Taxation, Family office Management & Transaction Advisory.

Chandan Pradhan is an Assistant General Manager at Feedback Energy Distribution Company, a Value-Added Implementation agency, that has been running successful meter reading and bill distribution businesses in India.

The practices that make him a part of this list are testament to his focus on Connect, Develop, Inspire, while building practices that are memorable and individualistic, while not taking up too much time away from work. Learn from him how simple practices can be used for huge impact.

A veteran from the Indian Air Force with over two decades of disciplined military service, (Late) Chandramowliswaran was a seasoned professional with 10 years of facility management experience. He held experience in P&L & Operational Management, with a history of working in the Facility & Property Management Industry, and was an expert in negotiation skills, budgeting, team building, client relationship management and portfolio expansion.

At Cushman & Wakefield India, he was responsible for Asset Services and Integrated Facility Management Operations across South India. Leading a team of 12 members, he was known most for his approachability as a people manager and a helpful and generous spirit that extended far beyond his own team. We salute this leader whose style of leadership will be considered the greatest for years to come. His practices of "Thanks Tea" and surprise "Lunch Sessions" will be missed, but leaders from Cushman and Wakefield will hopefully carry on the legacy.

Mr. Chandani has been associated with 3Pillar Global for the last 10 years and has handled and worked with teams globally. His constant motivation is for the growth of people and works with that mindset to achieve results. His core skills include improving, mentoring, and coaching teams. Mr. Chandani has a development focus on creating leaders across the organization. Generating and giving attention to individuals gives them a fresh perspective and freedom to work ahead. He believes that people are unique. The conversation with them happens to their uniqueness - “Relative and relation only hold meaning in a family tree” - specificness makes all people special.

Integrity and transparency are core values he looks forward to living and growing with teams. His expanded focus is on Engagement/Account well-being, Customer Engagement and Relationship Management, Portfolio & Risk Management, Budgeting strategy, P&L Ownership with Accounts, Monitoring Pipeline, Product Development and Delivery guidelines/management, Margin Tracking and Revenue growth.

People first leader next is the main dictum to be a great leader”, Dilip has been a firm believer of this thought since he was entrusted upon the responsibility of leading people. Above nine years of experience in US mortgage domain (Origination and Servicing), he is currently handling a critical process in a commendable and smooth way due to the hard work and people support. The credit of his success goes to his team members and the management team at Nexval who helped discover my strengths and brought out the best in me. This makes it the second year in a row that Nexval is featured on this list.

He oozes positivity and gratitude and makes all stakeholders like working with him. He focuses on resolution, not on problems. But more importantly, he believes in sharing success and accepting failures. A leader with a great future ahead, Dilip is the kind of people manager that makes the world a better place to live.

Dinesh Varadharajan is the Vice President at Kissflow. He leads the product management team at Kissflow, the first unified digital workplace for organizations to manage all of their work on a single, unified platform. He is a hands-on executive with a wealth of experience working with bleeding-edge technologies, developing great products and mentoring highly productive teams. He has profound knowledge in design and technical implementation of BPM solutions.

Another great leader whose love for books translate into practices that promote a culture based on the core principles of greatness in people management- connect, develop, inspire, he also believes in having fun offsites mingled with knowledge sharing.

Senior Vice President and Global Head of HR at CIGNEX Datamatics, she has over 19 years of progressive experience in managing and leading various aspects of Human Resources spanning across high paced business domains of ITES. In addition to all functions of HR, Ankita overseas other enabling functions like Administration, Travel and Resource Management. She has helped CIGNEX become a company with great people managers and helped nurture various other leaders in the organization.

This is her second time being in this list and this displays her consistency in delivering greatness in people management across the themes of connect, develop, and inspire. She continues to be an inspiration for her team members.

Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat, Principal, The Scindia School, has more than 31 years of experience in teaching, academic administration, team building and community development programmes. He firmly advocates the fact that Education is about providing the correct references and appropriate stimulants to the students for their inherent goodness to express itself on its own.

The teachers who work with him feel empowered enough that they truly understand the power of their profession. A truly inspirational leader, his practices are not just useful in an educational set-up, but there is a lot that corporate leaders can learn from this "teacher".

 

Gagan Arora, CEO, Vertex Global Services is a well-known entrepreneur in the industry corridors. He started Vertex Global Services in 2016 and in a short span of three years, has expanded it to three different continents.

He is an excellent people’s manager and he believes in nurturing the young talent to create great industry work. He has been contributing at multiple industry forums, bodies, and b-schools and won numerous accolades at all levels. He believes that every failure and setback has a lesson to teach and is a step to glory; an ideal entrepreneur to work with if someone wants to jump into the fire of entrepreneurship themselves.

Ganaraja, with more than 2 decades of experience in enabling technology for Retail, Manufacturing, and Logistics industries, firmly believes in inspiring and coaching the teams is the way to sustain the competitive quotient. His perspective is that its mission-critical to develop the competence of cross-functional teams to realize organizational strategic objectives.

His practice of “Competitive Collaboration” enables teams to gain insights, rapid learning from each other, and deliver outcomes swiftly.

Ganesh Poojary brings in 21 years of expertise in Corporate Facility Management & Administration across diverse industries like Financial Services, Textile, Telecom, Media and Real Estate. A post graduate from Symbiosis, he currently spearheads HR Management Services and Administration at Lodha Group. Transforming HR services into unique exceptional experiences for both internal and external stakeholders has been his strong suit.

He believes in building future leaders by creating growth opportunities for his highly engaged team that has a strong vision to continuously innovate, engage and provide matchless solutions.

Gautam Jain is a Product Support Manager for Corporate Systems. He is leading two teams - MDM & Support and has an experience of 14+ years with expertise in establishing 24x7 support environment for various leading products.

His teams are responsible for maintaining excellence in ERP support delivery management and providing consistent and reliable data models to all internal users. He leads teams comprising of highly energetic and motivated professionals with whom he shares an empowering bond. He trusts their intelligence and gives them the freedom to achieve their business and career objectives while overlooking their day-to-day functions. He is a firm believer of implementing changes and new processes for enhancing customer delivery experiences. His style of people management earns genuine respect and admiration from his colleagues. He encourages his team members to grow while working on their career development plans. With his practices, he continuously puts his best efforts to ensure a supportive and positive work environment for all his team members.

Mr. Girish Kulkarni is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Star Union Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company Limited (SUD Life) – a Joint Venture of two large Government-owned Banks in India with Dai-Ichi Life of Japan. Having taken over the Company at a very crucial juncture in 2012, Mr Kulkarni is committed to make SUD Life a wholesome profitable insurance franchise and under his leadership, SUD Life has emerged as one of the leaders among second-generation life insurance companies in India.

Under Mr. Kulkarni’s leadership, SUD Life has also earned various accolades for its holistic performance, across areas of business performance, corporate governance, claims management and financial reporting. His leadership is boosted by his love for writing and books, as he is able to inspire his team through his creative pursuits.

Girish Kundlani has over 20 years of experience in Business Management and Project Management. In 2012 Girish, along with Ashoke Kumar Seth, co-founded Big Rattle Technologies with the goal to deliver seamless digital experience by ensuring delivery through a well-defined business process. Over the past decade, he has helped companies build and launch digital products. Girish has been instrumental in driving teams varying from 10 to 500 members in his various roles across organizations.

Girish’s hands on approach ensures engagement with his team on a daily basis without any compromise on empowering the team and giving them their space to deliver on their assignments. The focus is on building future leaders who will independently run their own organisations and teams. If one wants to become an entrepreneur, Girish is the leader to work with.

Harshali, a Senior Lead in Agastya International Foundation, currently heads the innovative and futuristic program enabling children to understand and act on ‘system thinking approach’. A post graduate from St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai, Harshali later pursued her Ph.D in Biotechnology from the Institute of Chemical technology (ICT), Mumbai. Her passion to nurture critical thinking, scientific temper and curiosity in children was the reason she started working with Agastya foundation which was able to cater to these interests.

Harshali’s commitment to team work and her non-threatening, non-hierarchical approach towards team building are her strengths as a leader. She is an avid Marathoner. “Marathons help me in ensuring that my discipline, grit and focus remain intact’, she says.

Jaison Abey Sabu has over 10 years of experience leading cross-functional & multi-cultural teams in organizations based out of the USA, Europe & India. He currently serves on the India leadership team of FullContact - a privacy-safe Identity Resolution company building trust between people and brands. While working with FullContact that builds trust, Jason also knows that trust is the ultimate ingredient in people relationships, as attested to by his team.

Jaison believes in leading from the front-lines and employs a unique leadership style blending professional growth, bonding and personal growth of his team members, which empowers them to deliver outstanding results.

 

Jayavardhan BN (a.k.a. Jay) is the CEO/Co-Founder of Day One Technologies, an innovative AI based intelligent product and mobile app development company. A serial entrepreneur and a true technology enthusiast, he is the wing-leader of all technology innovations, product roadmap, and strategic decision making for the company. Under his dynamic leadership, the company has witnessed exponential growth and established its footprints across global markets, having partnered with startups and enterprises in scaling their digital transformation.

Known for his calm demeanour and go-getter attitude, Jay nurtures in Day One the culture of camaraderie, team work, innovation and a growth mindset. He credits the company’s success to his team and believes that they are just getting started and have a lot to achieve together.

Jeena is an accomplished HR Executive with extensive experience 25 plus years and consummate achievements building multiple best-in class organizations. A savvy people’s leader skilled in attracting the best talent and growing them in the most diverse and inclusive workplace, Jeena has been a pivotal contributor in providing HR leadership across the board for multiple organizations.

The persistent desire to touch the community around made Jeena the Catalyst of change in many means. Under her leadership, Navigant could begin the Legacy education Programme at Helping Hands Organization, a school for differently enabled children from impoverished background where Navigant built infrastructure for the school, donated smart classrooms and funded education, exhibiting the vision of the exemplary leader that she is.Jeena believes in creating more leaders and has been instrumental in making Navigant a Great Place to Work.

Joseph Kiran Kumar is a leader of both IT and HR in Eisai India, representing one of Eisai’s integrated Manufacturing and Research complexes fulfilling the company’s long held ambition to bring teams from across its business together on one site for the first time i.e. manufacturing of Drug Substances (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients-APIs). He is instumental for the success of Eisai in this ambition of theirs.

Mentoring and empowerment are two of the biggest strengths of Joseph, as demonstrated through the comments of his team who are grateful to have undergone immense development under his leadership.

Laghu is the Head of Mid Market for Uber for Business (U4B) India, South Asia. He joined Uber in 2016 and is responsible to lead the go-to-market strategy, operations and expansion of Uber’s Middle Market business in India and South Asia. At Uber, he exercises his passion and experience in building high performance teams and scaling businesses across these growth markets.

He believes that “​Great leaders have been known to let people decide their end goal.” While a lot of his practices stand out to his team, his focus on ensuring ​that each employee decides the vision & goal that they want themselves to be known for, while aligning towards teams goal, makes him a great people manager. Empowerment is critical to all behaviour areas of greatness in people management, and Laghu and Uber does it in a unique way.

Manish is a Real Estate professional with over 27 years’ experience in Project management, Advisory services, Building Consultancy, Institutional Investment and Planning & due diligence. He heads Investors side of the Project & Development Services of Cushman & Wakefield in India. He has vast experience in hospitality and developer sectors in the Indian Sub-continent. He has been instrumental in setting up, developing and nurturing Hospitality, Commercial and Healthcare Project Management sectors since 2008.

The ability to convert complicated activities into simplified steps, while using the power of logical thinking and cognitive abilities, he makes for a leader who inspires his team to exceed their potential.

Mary considers Synchrony her home having completed 13 years here. Through her career journey at Synchrony, Mary has been a floor walker for new hires, worked in various sub-processes of fraud, and has mentored many new hires.  In 2016, Mary completed Synchrony’s Skills Training for Evolving Professionals Program which is an intensive leadership development program for associates to grow into managers of people. Based on her strong leadership, she was also selected to represent the Hyderabad site at Synchrony’s Enterprise Operations Conference in Orlando, Florida 2017.

According to Mary, “The leadership at our site is very inspiring.  I have had an opportunity to interact with our Senior Leaders and closely witness their leadership traits. I was inspired by their different styles and have learned from them to become an effective leader myself.” She believes a goal without a plan is just a wish and takes immense pride in achieving her goals, as well as the goals of her team members.

Second year in a row, Mukesh makes it to this coveted list. An entrepreneur who has built QA Infotech from ground up, making it one of the most prominent companies in the domain of quality testing, he has also envisioned and bootstrapped several other initiatives including QAIT DevLabs, Perseverance IT Solutions and WeBuildLearning, providing a range of products and services, with a focus on commitment and excellence.

Given that one of the domains QA InfoTech specializes in, is education and learning, Mukesh was innately aligned to starting Prometheus, leveraging the bests of both the digital acumen in the educational industry and his passion to drive the change in educational sector. Prometheus is an IB candidate school in NCR, that started operations in September 2019. Mukesh is the Founding Chairman and the Director of the School. His ability to keep on inspiring his team with his ingenuity makes him a special leader.

An inspiration for leaders who have grown from lower ranks, defying all conventions and reaching to the top, while maintaining great people relationships, Vijay Kumar is a leader with around 30 years of experience, surrounded by people who are inspired by his successes. He joined Acer and started Factory Operations for Acer in Pondicherry in the year 2000. At present he is heading the Supply Chain function for Acer India.

His focus on autonomy and a participative leadership style helps develop his team members, while making them feel more connected to the hero they admire.

Infosys has always focused on nurturing greatness in its leaders. Nandhini Agasthu has spent around 19 years of her life at the organization and is now a leader who is respected for her unique and memorable practices. She has been part of Quality team for 10 years now and is currently aligned to cloud, infrastructure and security, and leads initiatives to meet their business objectives.

Adoption of agility and automation has been possible in her teams because of her practices that combines focus on people relationship with achievement of business objectives. She is a leader with a great future ahead of her because of her ability to keep people at the top in the IT sector.

Naveen is a seasoned Product Management leader with 20 years in shipping products and building companies across a slew of startups and large enterprises. At Rakuten India, he got nurtured into becoming a great people manager, by getting the opportunities to innovate and build from scratch while practising Rakuten Shugi principles of "always improve, always advance, maximum customer satisfaction, speed, passionately professional".

Empathy (for his team, customers, stakeholders), empowerment, accountability, ownership with a laser focus on his customer (unmet/unarticulated) needs/pain points, data driven approach for measurable results through an established framework, are some of the elements of his style that make him special.

Nidhi Bhardwaj works as a manager at enterprise-focused AI firm Infrrd. She has built a team with a culture of transparency, where members know and value their responsibilities. Under her leadership, her close-knit team explores the roles machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and predictive analytics can play in helping companies unlock hidden data and transform their outcomes.

Nidhi has focused on shaping automation frameworks, while also mentoring team members to give them ownership of projects and the confidence to experiment. She plays a vital role in their careers, making sure each person gets what he or she might need to not only fulfill project requirements, but also to gain new skills and reach their goals.

 

Nitin is working with CRIF as “Head - IT Solutions QA India”. CRIF is one of India’s leading providers of Credit Information, Business Information, Analytics, Scoring, Credit Management. In his role, Nitin is responsible for managing Testing, Process Quality Consulting & IT business analysis hubs in India. Nitin holds a master's degree in Business Administration and alumni of Symbiosis.

Nitin focuses on identifying the hidden potential of the team. He empowers his teams to learn new skills and brings more business opportunities using these skills. Nitin is very passionate about his work, he always motivates & inspires all his team members to achieve their best. Nitin focuses on innovative thinking and is a strong believer of collaborative leadership.

Parul Mathur, HR head at B2B portal Tradeindia, has been at the forefront of the evolution of people management processes from being policy centric to people-centric. Her rich experience stems from her ability to adapt perfectly to the changing dynamics and employee needs at established organizations as well as emerging startups. An awarded human resource professional, she maintains that her true accomplishment lies in the difference she has been able to bring in the lives of those who needed the right opportunity and direction to grow. Her leadership has seen many firsts in the form of opportunities to LGBTQ community, army personnel’s widows and technical education, and support to the housekeeping staff to offer them respectable positions.

Her strong belief in going the extra mile to comfort people around her reflects in her leadership style as well. Being an out and out people’s manager, her passion lies in mapping competencies and nurturing talent by mentoring them to focus sharply on their natural abilities.

Pavan Allena is the Founder and CEO of Metamorphosis, claimed to be world’s first virtual school for Entrepreneurship at High School level to transform the student thinking to become job creators rather than job seekers.

One of the youngest winners from this year, Pavan shows a path to the young entrepreneurs who wish to understand the secrets of building a sustainable organization with high growth potential, by giving more importance to people relationships than other aspects of the organization, as displayed by the feedback of the various stakeholders who work with him.

An Energetic, self-motivated, seasoned professional with 24+ years of B2B experience. Part of ACG Capsules since last 19+ years and moved across the ladder form an individual contributor to a team manager. Highly customer focused & achievement orientated with forte in building, guiding & strengthening teams for high performance & business excellence.

His forte is in building, guiding and strengthening teams for business excellence.He focuses on being an approachable & committed team leader with a proven track record in delivering consistent results.

Pavan has 17 years of experience in sales, distribution, corporate strategy, business planning and financial analysis across Financial Services, Textile, Telecom, Media and Real Estate sectors. At Lodha, he heads the Easy Lease team and leads a group of highly motivated sales professionals who are responsible for achieving exceptional growth by identifying non-conventional channels and making them profitable.

Transformational leadership blended with fostering an ethical work environment with clear values, priorities and standards is one of his biggest strengths.

Payal Sinha is leading Office Operations in dunnhumby India. For the second consecutive year, Payal has been shortlisted for the list. In her role, she defines and ensures smooth execution of the end-to-end processes for office operations while leading continuous improvements in systems and standards for increased efficiency. Payal’s focus has always been on aligning processes to business strategy and policies to achieve operational efficiencies. Her team is known for embedding best in class practices for property management.

She makes sure to maintain a continuous communication line with all her direct reports, this helps her to stay connected and be part of their day-to-day work life. She believes in building a positive and healthy work relationship with her team where she can provide regular feedback and listen to their viewpoint.

 

Piyush started his professional journey with 2COMS Group about 15 years back, having joined the company as a young graduate. He then worked under the direct mentorship of the founder of the group Mr. Prashant Pachisia from the very beginning, and the subsequent nurturing and mentoring made all the difference in his learning and growth as a person and as a manager.

His example is the perfect demonstration of the fact that Organization’s trust in your abilities makes you give your best and justify the faith. Founders who create environment of equity and integrity and always makes you aim for bigger goals, are the ones who nurture great people managers. He believes that 2COMS is a breeding ground of young talent who are promoted to the next level and are given bigger responsibilities, and is carrying the legacy of the organization forward.

Mr. Raj Mallela is the Founder and MD of SATRA Infrastructure Management Services Pvt Ltd. Over a career span of 25 years spanning across various countries, Mr. Mallela has worked across the value chain in the infrastructure management domain along with various stakeholders. He brings to the table, a comprehensive understanding of the sector both at a holistic level as well as a thorough grasp of each aspect in detail. He has efficiently led organizations and managed diversified teams to achieve significant performance by steadily focusing on customer success, execution and innovation, throughout his career.

His unique positive bent of mind and a mature outlook make him a great leader and cast persistent influence on his co-workers who look up to him for inspiration. Besides being an outstanding motivator, he is also an excellent communicator as his policies and procedures are clear, precise and effective. He provides direction by developing the organizational vision, communicating it to the employees and inspiring them to achieve it.

Raj Tanwar is an innovative Leader with two decades of cross-cultural experience in people practices across geographies like Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Australia. Raj has deep expertise in supporting organizations through transformational phase on aspects related to Digital HR, Talent Management & Development, Career & Succession planning, Capability Building, Compensation Strategy and Design, Engagement & Culture- to name a few. This is the second year that a leader from Concentrix has made it to this list.

An avid believer in creating a compelling employer value proposition, he has pioneered the automation and digital transformation journey of HR in his association of 4+ years with Concentrix. He has also been instrumental in expanding and managing HR practices in ASEAN region which includes countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand & Vietnam and staff from 25 nationalities working and supporting customers in 20 different languages. His passion towards building an inclusive workplace and his strategic investment in creating great employee experience has resulted into 17 industry awards for the organization and 4 individual awards.

Rajeev, joined Quess as Management Trainee in the year 2008 and since then he has been integral part of establishing the Staffing Business for Quess in the East – right from setting up of offices to building and nurturing client relationships. Over the last 12 years Rajeev has shown his prowess in Operations, Recruitment and Client Engagement. Currently Rajeev manages the Staffing Business with focus on the East and South Regions.

His practices at Quess that has made him a great people manager combine his passion for sports and mentoring, thus showing how people management is not a job, but a way of life.

Continuing the tradition of various great managers building their entire career of greatness in a single organization, Rajib has been with Waterbase ever since he completed his Masters. Waterbase is a leading manufacturer of high quality shrimp feed in India.

Hailing from the city that teaches the power of relationships to one and all, Rajib has learned the basic tenets of management - humanity and respect - right from his upbringing. His stint at Waterbase helped him hone the same and convert them into unique and memorable practices, thus helping him become one of India's greatest people managers.

Dr. Rajshekhar Iyer is an experienced Medical Professional specialized in Community Medicine & Public Healthcare and has over 4 decades of experience working in the public and private healthcare sector. He brings in policy level expertise and on ground implementation experience of healthcare programmes in the country.

Dr Iyer shows care and compassion combining it with the drive to deliver business results, making him a leader that is both inspiring and approachable.

Rakshit has more than 16 years of expertise in the field of People Management and Business Strategy, which have been spent spearheading hotel openings, talent management/development and institutionalizing best industry practices.

Rakshit has had quite a journey with Sayaji Hotels over past two years where he joined as General Manager Human Resources. His journey has been no less than a success story where he could not only build a high trust, high performance culture through innovative HR practices but also brought multiple laurels to the organization. Very recently, Rakshit’s contribution towards the brand was recognized and he now successfully leads the People initiative and heads Strategy wing for the organization working closely with hotel teams to provide strategic support, drives industry best practices, leads marketing and communication for the group.

Appearing on this list second year in a row, at a time when the competition was even higher, Ramana is one of those young leaders who embody a humane entrepreneurial style of leadership that comes from the heart and is driven by passion.

The 26 year old serial entrepreneur, CEO of Prasad Hospitals, has shown a desire to improve and constantly innovate even when his team already considered him to be a great people manager. This ability to create new and unique practices with solid impact over his stakeholders makes him appear here again.

Ranjan moved to the flagship IHG hotel of India, Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon, India in 2010 as Executive Assistant Manager-Rooms and eventually got promoted as the Resident Manager in 2011. The same year he successfully attended Career Insight-General Manager Potential Assessment Centre in Bangkok. He officiated as General Manager for 7 months, June-December 2011 and successfully led the team to achieve and exceed all its budgeted targets, GOP, guest experience, colleague engagement, and payroll and energy costs.

He is a mature leader who is quality and performance driven with a proven track record in managing people, guest service initiatives, revenue generating sales programs in both rooms and b-ositioning. He truly believes in participative and open form of leadership, with emphasis on providing work environment conducive to team building and continuous development of co-workers, empowering people with knowledge and responsibilities, recognizing and developing the deserving team members, adhering to ethical business practices, building strong customer relations and keeping pace with industry trends, in essence, building Bonds, Brand and Business.

Ravi is a payment expert with 12+ years of experience in Payment Gateway, Digital Banking, Lending, Acquiring industry; a self motivated and achievement oriented professional with strong business acumen and a proven record of profit improvement through planning and implementing strategies. He has consulted various fintech start up in building payment gateways/Ewallet/PPI License/QR code payments/Switch/UPI and helping these companies to launch their products in India as well as global markets. He has developed Payment Gateway/Payment Aggregation business under various companies and running it successfully offering more than 300+ payment methods across 100+Banks, all Credit/Debit cards, IMPS,UPI,Multiple Currency Gateway etc.

He focuses on keeping the Team spirit and coordination high by conducting some unique activities that give employees a chance to interact better with each other and helps them maintain good work life balance.

Agile Enthusiast, CSM & SCJP certified professional with overall 14+ years of technical, strategic planning and implementation experience using Agile SAFe, Kanban and Iterative methodologies. Associated with IRIS for almost 3 years now in Financial Services LoB and her key role encompasses conceptualizing & implementing best practices within the delivery team towards enhanced customer satisfaction and building team effectiveness by fostering a spirit of collaboration among the team members.

Richa knows how to foster collaboration while getting hands dirty. This is one of the many reasons why her team respects her and perceives her to be one of the greatest managers they have ever worked with.

 

Sr. Vice President, Head - Product Management & Customer Experience. In his present role in ORIX he is responsible for managing product and Customer experience. He brings 19+ years of in-depth knowledge experience in financial services industry with Leasing, Mortgages, Housing Finance, Life Insurance and Advertising & communication. Before joining ORIX, In his previous assignment he was working as National Sales Head with MAGMA Fincorp, responsible to build and setup auto lease business, GE Capital, Religare and ICICI Bank.

Sachin demonstrates special ability in connecting with his team members, using novel practices that make the team feel connected to him and Orix's vision.

At Snapdeal, He managed a team of 12 members which varies accross different verticals of Data science such as - Logistics, customer excellence, buyer and seller product along with leading BI team. I prefer to follow a very consultative and collaborative managerial style which allows the team to aim for the same sub-objectives which are in line with company's objective - Sustained profitability. He has worked with some of the unicorn consulting and analytics firms be it MNCs or startups in the last 12 years. He has established himself as a strong people and technical manager in the area of data science.

Sahil's most trusted and effective practice according to him has been an out of office activity, that is Badminton. He believes that the out of office setting helps his team ease into a different mental zone which eventually helped them discuss key work issues and focus areas even outside office.

This is the second year for Manoj Vaibhav Gems & Jewellers to appear in this list, this time with another leader from one of their branches, Sai Srikanth. Sai Srikanth is the kind of leader who carries the weight of his entire team on his shoulders without feeling burdened and making sure that each one of them perform to their best while getting inspired through him.

His ability to brand his practices make them memorable. His power of a human connect makes him well respected and loved. And his focus on developing the knowledge and learning of his team makes him a hero. This is why he is a great people manager.

 

A passionate designer, animator, visual storyteller and a visionary leader working in the e-learning industry for the past 14 years, Sajal Rastogi is working as an Art Director in Infopro Learning, a global learning and development organization.As an Art Director, he owns the creative vision of the product and clearly articulates and presents the thinking and the story behind ideas and recommendations. This includes people management, client engagement, managing multiple projects, team mentoring, troubleshooting, research and innovation.

According to him, "Personal bonding and trust are the two major factors which are essential to build a robust and confident team. Every team member should feel proud of what they are doing. This helps to inculcate ownership which leads to delivering amazing learning experiences for the customers, which is our ultimate goal."

CEO of Feedback Energy Distribution Company or FEDCO, Samarjit Mohanty is a leader who has nurtured greatness in his team members for a while. It is no surprise that FEDCO is in the list again this year under his leadership.

Many good leaders do morning huddles or practices where they empower some leaders to become the CEO for a while or other practices that is around opening up and connecting, but Samarjit does all of them in unique ways that the impact is felt by one and all. We believe that his practices and the way he implements them can help CEOs across the world know what it takes to be a great people CEO.

Sameer carries with him a massive executive experience of 21 years in business strategy, channel development and P&L management. As Hewlett Packard’s Country Director, he led the growth of channel business to US$ 2Bn. After a successful career in top corporate like Modi Xerox and Hewlett Packard, he went on to become an entrepreneur creating ROINET five years ago. Sameer is an Economics Honors graduate from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata and has an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research. He is a Sloan Fellow from MIT, Sloan School of Management.

His entrepreneurial practices help build entrepreneurs out of his team as well, thus giving his team members an opportunity to develop much more than they would have done while working with most other leaders. Job rotation for leadership team is one such practice that many entrepreneurs can learn from.

Sameer is a hands-on and passionate Food & Beverage professional, with over 22 years of experience at prestigious luxury hotels, palaces and residences across India. He currently leads the Food & Beverage strategy at Lodha group across Mumbai, Thane and Pune. An alumnus of IHM Bangalore, Sameer’s contemporary food styles offers a unique blend of modern ingredients rooted in traditional recipes. He is truly passionate and always thrives in bringing out the finest dining experience by creating culinary galore in line with trends and innovations.

He is a strong believer of Pygmalion effect and therefore recognizes that every individual is capable of high performance and his allegiance is to bring out the best from them.

Samujjwal Ghosh is a Director at Xanadu Realty, one of India’s foremost real estate consulting and business acceleration firms. With experience spanning across intensely consumer facing businesses; he has worked with organizations like L’Oréal and Diageo-United Spirits in product, marketing and business strategy roles and was the Regional CEO at Lodha Group. Samujjwal is a BE in Electronics Engineering and an MBA from NITIE, Mumbai. An avid quizzer and orator; Samujjwal finds sanctuary in RD Burman and Rafi saab. Also, a keen cricketer and fitness aficionado, he has played professionally at U16 and U19 levels.

An extremely hands on leader; when it comes to people management he swears by this quote of Maya Angelou “ I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

Sandeep is a 1996 Chartered Accountant and over the years has worked with many large organisations of repute such as PWC, KPMG, Lucent Technologies, Citigroup, Barclays and has been with ORIX India for the last 8 years as the MD and CEO of ORIX India. Over a career spanning 24 years, Sandeep has held multiple leadership roles in the various organisations that he has worked for, and these opportunities have helped him sharpen not just his professional skills, but more importantly his interpersonal and people management skills.

Sandeep is an inspirational leader and has led his teams to achieve many successful turnarounds. His Mantra for success has been, People First Always, creating an open environment and work culture where people love to contribute to the best of their abilities and grow with the organisation that promotes meritocracy, openness and fun at work.

Sanjay Kumar Shukla is the Director of Data Science (R&D) at dunnhumby, India. He has extensive experience in building innovative Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning solutions to provide actionable insights and highly-relevant product recommendations in retail. Sanjay is passionate about enhancing shopping experiences of people by building science engines that keep customers at center and delivers one-to-one personalization. Sanjay holds MS degree in Industrial and Systems engineering from University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. He has more than a decade of experience in the field of Data Science and AI.Sanjay leads a high performant team of Data Science researchers and Machine Learning engineers delivering innovative and scalable personalization science powering dunnhumby’s media and CRM products.

Sanjay believes in empowering his team and building mutual trust while leading by example and creating a culture of openness to keep the team highly motivated and efficient.

 

As a leader of Veritas Technologies, the data protection organization working for leading enterprises, Sanjeev focuses on building strong partnerships and relationships with his immediate leadership team and manage the organization through a culture that nurtures greatness in people management.

In the past, he has built, managed and scaled 2 world class IT Services Centers. And he uses his experience of more than 23 years to deliver a style of leadership that is not only inspiring but also focused on personal connect.

Sarmistha has been associated with Infosys for over 8 years now, currently she is working as a Project Manager for Infosys Limited. An accomplished software professional with strong technical background and with experience of over 16 years in the Information Technology industry, Sarmistha has worked on several application development and maintenance projects.

As a people manager, she empowers her team to deliver their best at work, promotes continuous learning and upskilling. She believes in the power of a healthy and happy workplace where everyone is treated equally and fairly. Unity in diversity and a family like work environment helps her team to perform at their best.

Saurabh Bansal is a sales head at Piramal Capital and Housing Finance, an organization that provides Home loans,Real Estate & Corporate financial services to individual and Corporate property seekers among others.

As a sales leader, Saurabh's practices show how the function of sales is dependent on strong people relationships and can lead to much stronger results if the focus is more on relationships than the targets. Business objectives should remain the core focus while people management paves the way for the same.

 

Graduated as Electrical Engineer (Electronics and Power), Shailesh is also an Accredited Energy Auditor, having rich 19 years of experience in all spectrum s of power distribution business. Shailesh is also a technical expert with excellent project execution skills. He is known in the team for his discipline and perfect planning. He is presently heading procurement, Stores, meter management and testing.

This is the second year that Shailesh has made it to the list, thanks to his practices that utilise the power of branding in making sure the impact is maximized. ""Who will take my Seat"", ""With you... Hamesha"" are some of the branded practices by this great manager showing his awareness of how unique and memorable practices create greater impact."

As the Managing Director for Project and Development Services for Occupiers in India at Cushman & Wakefield , Shashi is responsible for growing and managing Service Lines of Project Management and Design and Build in India. He has an extensive experience of more than two decades delivering business solutions to a diverse range of Global Occupier clients across a wide range of sectors. His focus areas have been Business Growth, Business strategy, Client Management, Operations Management, People Management and to deliver value to customers.

As a people manager, he holds a strong connect with his team and acts as a facilitator for the team to build their story for the future.

Shashi Singh has more than 17 years of experience, and is currently heading a unit at Kelly Services, a leading recruitment firm in the world. She is one of those leaders who has shown the true meaning of people management by becoming regular top performers in various areas.

She has used her practices built on trust and connect to ensure high performance delivery from the team. Great Manager Institute has defined people management as the ability to manage people relationships in a professional environment to achieve business objectives. Shashi embodies the same.

Vijendra Shekhawat is chief of operations and technology at AU Small Finance Bank. He is one of those leaders who has demonstrated leadership during the current tough times of pandemic by supporting his team towards constant delivery of performance while also building a culture focused on greatness in people management.

Specially featured as a great manager during the pandemic, Vijendra is showing the way for growth in small banks, by giving the right importance to people relationships.

Sheryl Cornelio is Deputy Director of Nursing at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital. Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital is a well renowned hospital currently in Mumbai and Thane, founded in the honor of Dr L H Hiranandani. The hospital has more than one great people manager in the list this year and is the only hospital this year to have achieved this feat establishing itself as a hospital that nurtures great people managers.

Sheryl has worked in an environment that tests patience and may be extremely stressful at times, but her people focused practices help her and her entire team float out of the same.

Shoheb began his career with Synchrony in 2005, He functions as AVP- Collections now. He feels Synchrony has nurtured his growth enabling him to become the professional he is today. Working with multiple teams has provided him with the opportunity to learn from many different leaders. His experience in various functions like Collections, Customer Service, Credit Solutions, Call Quality and Training has helped him understand the business more holistically. It has also helped him achieve his goals while mentoring team members and building his leadership skills as a manager of people.

According to Shoheb, “I always get asked about how I managed to spend 15 years with Synchrony. When you work with an organization that has its heart in the right place and truly cares for its employees, I guess time becomes an illusion. While I never worked with any other organization, Synchrony makes it employees feel at home. When one doesn’t have a destination in sight, it’s the journey that matters and Synchrony has put me on a journey I will always cherish."

Shrishail has 12 years of experience in education space, currently he is the Regional Head for Agastya International Foundation’s programs in Maharashtra and has been working with more than 1000 schools on creating highly recommended learning environments to inspire children and teachers. He has also established a network with the government, donors and participating schools as well as organized National level events and special programs to increase the visibility and outreach to the untouched. He is also responsible for developing strategies and frameworks to access, improve and set standards for desired quality of all programs. He also developed structured learning opportunities and people development initiatives at his organization.

As a leader, empowerment and delegation are two areas where he has demonstrated exceptional and unique thought processes, loved by his team members.

Shubhang Misra is one of the leaders at Panasonic India, and is a business professional with 17+yrs of experience in Omni & O2O Channel Mgmt., Retail Sales, Trade Mktg, GTM, Brand Shop, Sellout Ops, Distribution Sales, Online & Digital Marketing, Concept & Solutions Sale, Training Operations (Sales & Soft Skills).

His practices at Panasonic India that make him a great people manager and set him apart from all other good people managers who can connect, develop and inspire well, are the ones that focus on innovation. Driven by the desire to innovate, Shubhang empowers his team to conceptualize new ideas and tries to go beyond his role to make them succeed.

Sonica is a recruitment Manager at Aditi Staffing India Pvt Ltd. With over six years of work experience in the staffing industry, she has learnt that people are the true essence in the journey towards achieving your goals. She knows that they are your pillar of strength and vision – paving the roadmap of success for your company. She believes that to ensure that this stays, it then becomes your responsibility, as managers, to support them and foster a learning culture that inspires them to travel above and beyond in whatever they do. The key element that holds all this together – TRUST. Without that, you fall. With that – you can beat all odds.

This is her second consecutive honour this year and it comes because of her ability to create new practices suited to the new contexts.

Sooraj Nair is a hub lead at Uber and has proven himself to be a leader that knows how to steer through a crisis, especially through practices that are particularly useful in the current crisis. An IIT Kanpur and IIM Bangalore alumnus, Sooraj has spent more than 4 years at Uber, having been nurtured by this startup's focus on innovative people policies.

Most of his practices are useful for other leaders working in a fast paced environment like that of Uber and show how one need to be stressed while being a high performer.

Srinath Gururajarao is the CHRO with Nexval Group, a mortgage Banking & Media Services Organization. With a personal philosophy of “More Smiles Per Hour at Work” for success in aiming to change the world with one smile at a time, he comes with a rich & diverse experience in Strategy Execution, Innovation & with a humane approach in People Practices. He has authored 7 Intellectual Properties (IP’s) in HR, panning Business Intelligence Tools to Predictive HR Performance models within Human Resources. Srinath has been in leadership roles within Media, IT, ITes & banking Industries before & has worked with global organizations such as iGATE, Tech M, SREI Group in various leadership capacities prior to Nexval.

Under his leadership, this is the second year that Nexval is mentioned in this list. Many leaders from Nexval particularly appreciate Srinath for the people friendly positive culture that he has been able to nurture and develop at the organization.

With 23+ years of experience, out of which he spent 18 years as a people manager, Srinivas Surapani has led a distinguished career. He is currently the VP, Global Capability Center, HR Shared Services at Schneider Electric. Following an unconventional career path, he made the decision to move from a purely Commercial Excellence (Customer Satisfaction, Quality, Transformation, Sales Excellence and Digitization) role, to a Human Resource role, and it was there that he found his calling. His dedication to bring HR transformation through enhancement of employee digital experience, increasing efficiency, and effective HR operations, is unparalleled. He has delivered impressive results in translating business strategy; and prioritizes HR action plans based on thorough business understanding, agility, and customer advocacy.

His diverse set of experience allows him to create diverse set of practices focused on connecting, developing and inspiring other leaders who work with him.

Sudheer is the founding member and CTO of Shortlist, an organization that provides intelligent hiring solutions. After over 15+ years of stints as an entrepreneur and technology leadership roles in the US, Sudheer recently moved to India leaving his cushy job in Silicon Valley to work on one of the most pressing problems of emerging markets - hiring and making a social impact. Sudheer has been building teams at startups and large global companies in the US and India for over a decade.

This marks his second consecutive foray into this list, thanks to addition of a number of new practices that helped him demonstrate greatness with consistency.

Sumeer is a leader in the BFSI segment of Teamlease, an organization that provides jobs to entry level and blue collar workers. His leadership style focuses on creating a positive and competitive environment that extracts the best potential of the team that he works with.

He embodies the core principles of a great people manager, building strong connect with his team while focusing on their development and also inspiring them in the process. He shows why people management is not just about people relationships, but also about achieving business goals.

Sundar is Vice President HR at Redington India which provides integrated Supply Chain Solutions. He is a highly adaptive manager (he thanks GOT for that!) who endears himself to baby boomers to gen Z. He is not just a willing teacher but someone who inspires and builds trust quickly and attracts people to learn from him. To the millennials & gen Z, his span of influence is amazing. He seamlessly transitions between being a manager, a HR Guru and also fellow colleague who lets his hair down with them after work.

Great Manager Institute believes that exceptionally great people managers can consistently connect, develop and inspire while being amazing at one of these behaviour areas. For Sundar, it is his ability to be infectiously inspiring. His focus on appreciating and honouring the teams that work with him, and his ability of making them achieve their true personal best, makes Sundar the kind of leader every aspiring CXO should work with.

Sunil is Director (Risk Management) at Dream 11 which is a sports technology company based out of Mumbai. He believes in actively listening to each of his teammates. He encourages all of his teammates to draw ideas from their own professional experiences, and blend them into stronger winning strategies.

Dream 11 is known in the startup ecosystem as an organization that has surpassed expectations to become the fastest growing sports technology company in the country. Leaders like Sunil create the kind of culture needed to drive the best out of all employees, by focusing on the core tenets of people management: connnect, develop, inspire.

At the age of 26, Trishneet Arora is an author, a self-described friendly hacker and the founder and CEO of cyber security start-up TAC Security Solutions. The India-based company performs Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing for corporates identifying weaknesses in their cyber security.

Trishneet has created a startup that most entrepreneurs can learn a lot from. Approachable CEO may be common for many startups, but Trishneet sets himself apart by igniting passion within his team members to create impact, and taking along the entire team in its celebration of all types of successes.

Vamsi Krishna currently head the IT Services and Consulting  Vertical business at Quess IT Staffing. With 20 years of experience in the IT industry, across multiple domains and geographies, Vamsi has extensively worked in client-facing roles in IT staffing and recruitment, IT services, CAD/CAM and IT product development environments. Over the years he has built strong partnerships with clients and colleagues ensuring long standing business relationships and growth for all stakeholders. For him, On boarding a new client and developing team members are the most satisfying aspects of his role. A firm believer in ""team before self"", Vamsi has successfully lead many teams with an acute sense of cohesion, his teams would agree.

Vamsi makes his team see the bigger picture and always helps them understand things beyond work. One thing common in the top 100 great people managers is that they put people's aspirations first and achievement of business objectives is a natural consequence.

Varoon Rajani, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Blazeclan Technologies, spearheads the strategic goals of the company and is instrumental in constructing the company’s future roadmap. His leadership shines through when building winning teams with unhinging focus on delivering trustworthy and dynamic solutions to customers. He has a proven track record of running successful businesses while building and developing teams from scratch. With his leadership skills, he has been able to enable businesses to transform leveraging cloud, automation and analytics solutions. A young leader with an ability to build, guide and direct an enterprise through strategic leadership, delivering outstanding performance, generating higher revenues and ensuring customer success.

Varoon is one of those few entrepreneurs who can appreciate individuality in everyone around him. This is one of the traits that sets him apart.

Venkatesh is Vice President - Supply Chain Finance & E-Commerce at Flexiloans (an online lending platform). He is driven by the passion to solve problems for businesses. He loves to groom emerging leaders by helping them evolve their own leadership style. He prefers giving them unquestioned authority to run business verticals, while letting them know that he has their back.

Venkatesh works closely with his team members, helping them grow their self, as he knows that great people managers connect, develop and inspire, to achieve business objectives.

 

Mr. Vikas Kapai – General Manager, Sofitel Mumbai BKC brings over 30 years of distinguished hospitality experience, as he diligently leads Sofitel Mumbai BKC, the flagship property of the French Sofitel Hotels & Resorts, Accor Group. Under his capable guidance as the General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport, the hotel team went ahead to be the only hotel in India to score a 100% satisfaction score in the Associate Engagement Survey 2016, in addition to excelling in annual Gross Operating Profit, RevPar, room revenue and restaurant conversions. Further to his mentorship, the hotel was recognised with the Indian Digital Hospitality Award’s Digital Market Asia 2016, Masters of Modern Advertising Awards 2017 and SATTE Award’s – Most Innovative in Hotel Marketing & Communications 2017.

With unique twists to common practices like Townhalls and creation of novel mission-oriented practices, Vikas has helped the entire team at Sofitel come together as family in achieving common goals for the hotel.

Zahida Ternikar as the Head – Customer Service at Kaya Limited is the custodian of service quality, clinic processes and customer engagement. She has an over of 24 years of experience in driving and building differential customer experience with unparalleled service quality across industries like banking, hospitality, mutual funds, manufacturing and airlines. Her focus is inside-out, always striving to create a culture of happiness within the organization, as she firmly believes that people project what they feel and if they are truly happy, it will reflect in their work, delighting the customers.

What truly sets her apart as a leader is her style of leadership which focuses on serving, thus, enabling the people and organization she manages to thrive.

 

Abhijit Tambe brings in an experience of 18+ years having spent a major part of that at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital. The organization is a group of multi specialty hospitals in Mumbai and Thane, founded in the honor of the legend Dr L H Hiranandani.

His people practices combine tradition with modernity. The focus on fun during learning makes the job of the front office staff much easier, who would have otherwise been bogged with the stress hospitals cause for the front office.

Aditya Malla heads a hotel with a staff of more than 150 and does so in his unique style focused on welfare and morale. Doubletree by Hilton Pune is centrally located in the commercial hub of Chinchwad in Pune and boasts a very high rating on Tripadvisor and other platforms. An alumnus of institutions like IMT Ghaziabad (PGDEM - Human Resources) & University of Delhi (BA Honours in Economics), he has enriched his knowledge with a Strategic Management course in Luxury & Lifestyle Business from IIM Bangalore (2019).

Mr Malla's practices of looking after the entire staff of the hotel on a personal level makes him a well loved leader.

Ajay Oberoi had been the CPO at IDBI Federal Life Insurance Co Ltd, got super annuated in April 2020, and is now running his own consulting firm. Well accepted by stakeholders across hierarchy as coach, mentor, facilitator, trusted advisor besides seasoned HR professional, who can deliver with stretch targets of quality, cost despite adversities/demanding situations; his success is also a function of his tenure at this esteemed organization.

His ability to inspire with a depth of domain knowledge made him the favorites of the team he worked with, making him a great people manager.

A leader who speaks from the heart displaying genuineness that brings in love and respect from all stakeholders, Amandeep Bawa has spent around 9 years at Panasonic India Pvt Ltd that has helped him get nurtured into this greatness. With an experience of more than 2 decades in the IT industry, Amandeep has ensured special recognitions for his team at Panasonic India.

Practices that speak to the heart and demonstrate purity are rare to find. This is what makes Amandeep a great people manager.

Amit Mittal is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has held Project Management and Plant Management roles in his professional career spanning over 22 years. Currently, he is responsible for Operations in Signify Innovations India Limited for its Division Digital Products. Signify is the world leader in lighting with purpose to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.

His endeavour is to help, develop the team, in such a way that they recognise and perform at their full potential by providing feedback and a conducive platform to grow.

Anil currently spearheads the Employee Satisfaction Enhancement vertical of Bharat Petroleum a premier Maharatna Oil Major. He utilizes his spare time in mentoring, in a honorary capacity, the 400 member strong, young team of employees, interns and volunteers, of Sanjeevani ... Life Beyond Cancer, a non-profit, founded in 2012, by his wife Ruby, a cancer survivor herself, Sanjeevani today works in 12 states and has enriched lives of over 2,50,000 patients since inception.

Sanjeevani, under the leadership of Ruby and Anil, has created a culture focused on the ethos of compassion and mentoring. Sanjeevani is a nation builder as stated by its founder and hence the practices of its leaders drive the team towards the goal of building the nation.

Anil Ghegade has built a team of super achievers at Eaton India Innovation Center. Eaton India is known for its innovation driven culture and leaders like Anil drive the same. He is an experienced executive with proven results in innovation management, product life cycle management with diversified global experience in engineering research, product/technology development in industrial products. He joined Eaton in 2005 as a Product Engineer in Eaton’s Innovation Center at Pune. He has taken up several roles of increasing responsibilities and was instrumental to build product development capabilities and has successfully launched multiple products .

Practices of Anil show how people management can lead to strong business impact, how its possible to extract the highest potential of team members without putting them under stress of any kind. He focuses on using positive practices towards achievement of business objectives.

Founder of a startup that claims to be the largest student community across domains and engages with the students of B-Schools, Engineering Colleges, and other Graduate colleges with 1 million+ active registrations from across 10,000+ colleges, Ankit is a great people entrepreneur.

With his practices focused on development that goes beyond the current roles of his team members, Ankit embodies the "Develop" behaviour area that forms the crux of Connect, Develop, Inspire framework.

During his 17 years of working with technology, Ankit has engineered multiple products in Business Intelligence domain. He loves innovating and building solutions that can transform the way enterprises analyse their data and gain business advantage. His current work at Intellicus involves creating the world’s most powerful BI acceleration platform that delivers instant insights on massive amounts of data. Big Data and Cloud are his primary areas of expertise.

Ankit believes in creating leaders by inspiring his team members rather than just motivating them. He always operates from the larger context and ensures that his team stays inspired and committed to the bigger outcome.

A seasoned Digital advertising and Marketing professional with 12 years of hands-on experience of managing various aspects of the digital market space, with expertise in leading global teams like Advertising Operations, Order Management System, Salesforce system and Tech Operations, Anuj Nayyar is part of the leadership team at VDX.tv, a global advertising technology company.

His Management philosophy is based on relationship building and trust, where he recognizes talent and gives them complete autonomy to demonstrate their skills and gain visibility.

A dynamic leader with a focus on teamplay & team success, consistently motivating & ensuring alignment of all towards the organizational goals & objectives. He is currently associated as Senior Manager – Administration with Kelly Services India, a leader in providing workforce solutions.

His soft skills together with knowledge & hands on experience in the field of Infrastructure, Facility Management, Travel Management, Vendor Management, Event management and Merchandise Procurement has enabled him to be always in demand and highlighted among the others.

Arjun Singh Dasoondi is seasoned Research and Development professional with 18 years of experience in Nutrition and Pharmaceutical space. At Amway, presently he heads the Process & Packaging Development function for Nutrition, Beauty, Personal Care and Homecarproducts for Emerging Markets, based at Gurgaon. He has managed several critical roles spanning Nutrition Formulation Development, Product Re-Engineering, Business Sustaining & Technology Transfer.

Arjun has successfully used the practices designed by the management of Amway and added his own uniqueness to the same, to achieve greatness in people management.

Arpit is a Chartered Accountant and leads KCM's International Tax & Transfer Pricing practice, also plays a major role in Branding and Business Development. He specializes in tax and regulatory implications of cross-border transactions covering exchange control regulations, tax treaties including MLI, BEPS Action Plans and transfer pricing. He has co-authored India Report on “The notion of tax and the elimination of international double taxation or double non-taxation” for IFA in 2016.

Arpit has a meticulous eye for detail and surrounds himself with like-minded people. He believes in on-the-job vocal appreciations and providing his team with better opportunities and ample space to grow. He welcomes different perspectives, ideas and thoughts.

Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Ferguson Humanitarian Foundation International, Inc. (USA), Advaith Foundation Bengaluru Leadership Award, and President’s National Teacher Award for his contribution in education, Ashok has a keen interest in quality education, teachers’ professional development, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As the Director of Ahlcon Group of Schools, he has taken the group to new heights while knowing that the success of a school lies in the empowerment of its teachers and staff.

As the head of Crowne Plaza Greater Noida, Ashwani has used his unique leadership style to create a culture of connect, develop and inspire in the entire staff of his hotel. This is the second year IHG group hotel features in this list, thus also demonstrating that its a group that nurtures greatness in people management.

With around 30 years of experience, Ashwani is armed with the knowledge of managing situations of crisis as being currently faced by us. His practices showed how the hotel industry can survive and excel during the biggest crisis it has seen in decades, while maintaining the morale of their teams. We salute this true hero of the pandemic.

 

Ayush is a people's leader at Netcore, AI-powered Growth Marketing platform designed to help marketers listen, analyse and build 1:1 smart conversations with consumers.

His practices are around extracting the best out of his team in a manner that they feel connected to their leader during the process. He also understands the power of creating unique and memorable practices. If you get an opportunity to meet him, ask him about his practice called "Mount Everest" that his team swears by.

Balfour Manuel is the Managing Director of Blue Dart, South Asia's premier courier, and integrated express package distribution and Logistics Company, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s business unit, DHL eCommerce Solutions. He has been a Blue Darter since 1983, a Blue Dart veteran and a proud day one employee. Balfour has been instrumental in the success of Blue Dart from the very beginning of the company’s inception. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, Balfour was Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 2019.

Creating a culture of trust in the entire organization and inspiring his leaders through his own unique practices with his direct reports makes him a Great People CEO/MD!

The second time winner on this list, Bansi is known for her pioneering approach to Human Resources; she was recognized with the Women Super Achiever Award in 2017 and was among the Top 100 HR Leaders Who Make A Difference in 2018 at the World Women Leadership Congress & Awards by World HRD Congress. She was also recognized among the Social Samosa Superwomen of 2019 and was announced as the HR Person of The Year 2019 and 2020 at the Indian Agency Awards by Social Samosa.

Her practices directly remind us of her designation, that of Chief Happiness Officer at this digital media organization. She has been able to maintain uniqueness in her practices and has not taken her previous success for granted. She is aware that being able to connect, develop and inspire requires constant and consistent effort, as demonstrated by the new practices she designed last year.

Bhargavi is a seasoned technology leader with more than 25 years of experience across several fortune 100 companies, currently working as the CIO, Corporate Technology for Bank of New York Mellon Technology. In this role, Bhargavi leads global technology team spread across multiple geographies and is responsible for innovating and delivering value maximizing technology for all the corporate functions of BNY Mellon. She also leads the DevOps transformation for BNY globally.

Technology is her first love and one can see the power of the same even in her people manager practices. She loves reading books on spirituality while also developing her team members through her unique take on the corporate world. If someone wants to learn from her, they should see how she uses her knowledge from books in her day to day activities.

This is the second year that Aditi Consulting features in our list. Britto Ambrose is the person known for nurturing greatness in leadership as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Aditi Consulting. Aditi Consulting is a leading talents-on-demand and technology solutions company.

Britto knows the basics of connect, develop, and inspire, the framework by Great Manager Institute that creates people managers. But he goes a level beyond and creates unique twists in the age old well accepted practices. The stamp of his managerial style is seen in the regular activities he does.

Budhisagar Shukla of Aveva is a seasoned finance professional with more than 23 years of total experience in the field of Finance, Taxation, Business partnering and General management. He has a strong domain knowledge and has a hunger to learn more.

He is an established professional whose skills go far beyond the normal financial accounting. He is a positive person with a "can overcome" attitude. With his good business acumen, strong financial and operational expertise, analytical abilities and ‘out of the box thinking’, Budhisagar adds tremendous insight to business dynamics; and comes across as a leader who understands that people management is about managing relationships and also achieving business objectives through the same.

Harsh Patel, Global CEO of Water and Shark, is a self-motivated leader with a vision to bring momentous changes to the Global Finance & Accountancy sector. At the young age of 19, he had his line of sight set on transforming the financial consultancy aspect of businesses. With his background of Chartered Accountancy, he aimed to set new standards for the industry as a whole.

Consistently achieving milestones, Water and Shark has paved its way to be an exceptionally competent financial accountancy and consultancy firm. Harsh’s expertise lies in Tax & Regulatory Services, Strategic Advisory, Global Business Set-up, International Taxation, Family office Management & Transaction Advisory.

Chandan Pradhan is an Assistant General Manager at Feedback Energy Distribution Company, a Value-Added Implementation agency, that has been running successful meter reading and bill distribution businesses in India.

The practices that make him a part of this list are testament to his focus on Connect, Develop, Inspire, while building practices that are memorable and individualistic, while not taking up too much time away from work. Learn from him how simple practices can be used for huge impact.

A veteran from the Indian Air Force with over two decades of disciplined military service, (Late) Chandramowliswaran was a seasoned professional with 10 years of facility management experience. He held experience in P&L & Operational Management, with a history of working in the Facility & Property Management Industry, and was an expert in negotiation skills, budgeting, team building, client relationship management and portfolio expansion.

At Cushman & Wakefield India, he was responsible for Asset Services and Integrated Facility Management Operations across South India. Leading a team of 12 members, he was known most for his approachability as a people manager and a helpful and generous spirit that extended far beyond his own team. We salute this leader whose style of leadership will be considered the greatest for years to come. His practices of "Thanks Tea" and surprise "Lunch Sessions" will be missed, but leaders from Cushman and Wakefield will hopefully carry on the legacy.

Mr. Chandani has been associated with 3Pillar Global for the last 10 years and has handled and worked with teams globally. His constant motivation is for the growth of people and works with that mindset to achieve results. His core skills include improving, mentoring, and coaching teams. Mr. Chandani has a development focus on creating leaders across the organization. Generating and giving attention to individuals gives them a fresh perspective and freedom to work ahead. He believes that people are unique. The conversation with them happens to their uniqueness - “Relative and relation only hold meaning in a family tree” - specificness makes all people special.

Integrity and transparency are core values he looks forward to living and growing with teams. His expanded focus is on Engagement/Account well-being, Customer Engagement and Relationship Management, Portfolio & Risk Management, Budgeting strategy, P&L Ownership with Accounts, Monitoring Pipeline, Product Development and Delivery guidelines/management, Margin Tracking and Revenue growth.

People first leader next is the main dictum to be a great leader”, Dilip has been a firm believer of this thought since he was entrusted upon the responsibility of leading people. Above nine years of experience in US mortgage domain (Origination and Servicing), he is currently handling a critical process in a commendable and smooth way due to the hard work and people support. The credit of his success goes to his team members and the management team at Nexval who helped discover my strengths and brought out the best in me. This makes it the second year in a row that Nexval is featured on this list.

He oozes positivity and gratitude and makes all stakeholders like working with him. He focuses on resolution, not on problems. But more importantly, he believes in sharing success and accepting failures. A leader with a great future ahead, Dilip is the kind of people manager that makes the world a better place to live.

Dinesh Varadharajan is the Vice President at Kissflow. He leads the product management team at Kissflow, the first unified digital workplace for organizations to manage all of their work on a single, unified platform. He is a hands-on executive with a wealth of experience working with bleeding-edge technologies, developing great products and mentoring highly productive teams. He has profound knowledge in design and technical implementation of BPM solutions.

Another great leader whose love for books translate into practices that promote a culture based on the core principles of greatness in people management- connect, develop, inspire, he also believes in having fun offsites mingled with knowledge sharing.

Senior Vice President and Global Head of HR at CIGNEX Datamatics, she has over 19 years of progressive experience in managing and leading various aspects of Human Resources spanning across high paced business domains of ITES. In addition to all functions of HR, Ankita overseas other enabling functions like Administration, Travel and Resource Management. She has helped CIGNEX become a company with great people managers and helped nurture various other leaders in the organization.

This is her second time being in this list and this displays her consistency in delivering greatness in people management across the themes of connect, develop, and inspire. She continues to be an inspiration for her team members.

Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat, Principal, The Scindia School, has more than 31 years of experience in teaching, academic administration, team building and community development programmes. He firmly advocates the fact that Education is about providing the correct references and appropriate stimulants to the students for their inherent goodness to express itself on its own.

The teachers who work with him feel empowered enough that they truly understand the power of their profession. A truly inspirational leader, his practices are not just useful in an educational set-up, but there is a lot that corporate leaders can learn from this "teacher".

 

Gagan Arora, CEO, Vertex Global Services is a well-known entrepreneur in the industry corridors. He started Vertex Global Services in 2016 and in a short span of three years, has expanded it to three different continents.

He is an excellent people’s manager and he believes in nurturing the young talent to create great industry work. He has been contributing at multiple industry forums, bodies, and b-schools and won numerous accolades at all levels. He believes that every failure and setback has a lesson to teach and is a step to glory; an ideal entrepreneur to work with if someone wants to jump into the fire of entrepreneurship themselves.

Ganaraja, with more than 2 decades of experience in enabling technology for Retail, Manufacturing, and Logistics industries, firmly believes in inspiring and coaching the teams is the way to sustain the competitive quotient. His perspective is that its mission-critical to develop the competence of cross-functional teams to realize organizational strategic objectives.

His practice of “Competitive Collaboration” enables teams to gain insights, rapid learning from each other, and deliver outcomes swiftly.

Ganesh Poojary brings in 21 years of expertise in Corporate Facility Management & Administration across diverse industries like Financial Services, Textile, Telecom, Media and Real Estate. A post graduate from Symbiosis, he currently spearheads HR Management Services and Administration at Lodha Group. Transforming HR services into unique exceptional experiences for both internal and external stakeholders has been his strong suit.

He believes in building future leaders by creating growth opportunities for his highly engaged team that has a strong vision to continuously innovate, engage and provide matchless solutions.

Gautam Jain is a Product Support Manager for Corporate Systems. He is leading two teams - MDM & Support and has an experience of 14+ years with expertise in establishing 24x7 support environment for various leading products.

His teams are responsible for maintaining excellence in ERP support delivery management and providing consistent and reliable data models to all internal users. He leads teams comprising of highly energetic and motivated professionals with whom he shares an empowering bond. He trusts their intelligence and gives them the freedom to achieve their business and career objectives while overlooking their day-to-day functions. He is a firm believer of implementing changes and new processes for enhancing customer delivery experiences. His style of people management earns genuine respect and admiration from his colleagues. He encourages his team members to grow while working on their career development plans. With his practices, he continuously puts his best efforts to ensure a supportive and positive work environment for all his team members.

Mr. Girish Kulkarni is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Star Union Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company Limited (SUD Life) – a Joint Venture of two large Government-owned Banks in India with Dai-Ichi Life of Japan. Having taken over the Company at a very crucial juncture in 2012, Mr Kulkarni is committed to make SUD Life a wholesome profitable insurance franchise and under his leadership, SUD Life has emerged as one of the leaders among second-generation life insurance companies in India.

Under Mr. Kulkarni’s leadership, SUD Life has also earned various accolades for its holistic performance, across areas of business performance, corporate governance, claims management and financial reporting. His leadership is boosted by his love for writing and books, as he is able to inspire his team through his creative pursuits.

Girish Kundlani has over 20 years of experience in Business Management and Project Management. In 2012 Girish, along with Ashoke Kumar Seth, co-founded Big Rattle Technologies with the goal to deliver seamless digital experience by ensuring delivery through a well-defined business process. Over the past decade, he has helped companies build and launch digital products. Girish has been instrumental in driving teams varying from 10 to 500 members in his various roles across organizations.

Girish’s hands on approach ensures engagement with his team on a daily basis without any compromise on empowering the team and giving them their space to deliver on their assignments. The focus is on building future leaders who will independently run their own organisations and teams. If one wants to become an entrepreneur, Girish is the leader to work with.

Harshali, a Senior Lead in Agastya International Foundation, currently heads the innovative and futuristic program enabling children to understand and act on ‘system thinking approach’. A post graduate from St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai, Harshali later pursued her Ph.D in Biotechnology from the Institute of Chemical technology (ICT), Mumbai. Her passion to nurture critical thinking, scientific temper and curiosity in children was the reason she started working with Agastya foundation which was able to cater to these interests.

Harshali’s commitment to team work and her non-threatening, non-hierarchical approach towards team building are her strengths as a leader. She is an avid Marathoner. “Marathons help me in ensuring that my discipline, grit and focus remain intact’, she says.

Jaison Abey Sabu has over 10 years of experience leading cross-functional & multi-cultural teams in organizations based out of the USA, Europe & India. He currently serves on the India leadership team of FullContact - a privacy-safe Identity Resolution company building trust between people and brands. While working with FullContact that builds trust, Jason also knows that trust is the ultimate ingredient in people relationships, as attested to by his team.

Jaison believes in leading from the front-lines and employs a unique leadership style blending professional growth, bonding and personal growth of his team members, which empowers them to deliver outstanding results.

 

Jayavardhan BN (a.k.a. Jay) is the CEO/Co-Founder of Day One Technologies, an innovative AI based intelligent product and mobile app development company. A serial entrepreneur and a true technology enthusiast, he is the wing-leader of all technology innovations, product roadmap, and strategic decision making for the company. Under his dynamic leadership, the company has witnessed exponential growth and established its footprints across global markets, having partnered with startups and enterprises in scaling their digital transformation.

Known for his calm demeanour and go-getter attitude, Jay nurtures in Day One the culture of camaraderie, team work, innovation and a growth mindset. He credits the company’s success to his team and believes that they are just getting started and have a lot to achieve together.

Jeena is an accomplished HR Executive with extensive experience 25 plus years and consummate achievements building multiple best-in class organizations. A savvy people’s leader skilled in attracting the best talent and growing them in the most diverse and inclusive workplace, Jeena has been a pivotal contributor in providing HR leadership across the board for multiple organizations.

The persistent desire to touch the community around made Jeena the Catalyst of change in many means. Under her leadership, Navigant could begin the Legacy education Programme at Helping Hands Organization, a school for differently enabled children from impoverished background where Navigant built infrastructure for the school, donated smart classrooms and funded education, exhibiting the vision of the exemplary leader that she is.Jeena believes in creating more leaders and has been instrumental in making Navigant a Great Place to Work.

Joseph Kiran Kumar is a leader of both IT and HR in Eisai India, representing one of Eisai’s integrated Manufacturing and Research complexes fulfilling the company’s long held ambition to bring teams from across its business together on one site for the first time i.e. manufacturing of Drug Substances (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients-APIs). He is instumental for the success of Eisai in this ambition of theirs.

Mentoring and empowerment are two of the biggest strengths of Joseph, as demonstrated through the comments of his team who are grateful to have undergone immense development under his leadership.

Laghu is the Head of Mid Market for Uber for Business (U4B) India, South Asia. He joined Uber in 2016 and is responsible to lead the go-to-market strategy, operations and expansion of Uber’s Middle Market business in India and South Asia. At Uber, he exercises his passion and experience in building high performance teams and scaling businesses across these growth markets.

He believes that “​Great leaders have been known to let people decide their end goal.” While a lot of his practices stand out to his team, his focus on ensuring ​that each employee decides the vision & goal that they want themselves to be known for, while aligning towards teams goal, makes him a great people manager. Empowerment is critical to all behaviour areas of greatness in people management, and Laghu and Uber does it in a unique way.

Manish is a Real Estate professional with over 27 years’ experience in Project management, Advisory services, Building Consultancy, Institutional Investment and Planning & due diligence. He heads Investors side of the Project & Development Services of Cushman & Wakefield in India. He has vast experience in hospitality and developer sectors in the Indian Sub-continent. He has been instrumental in setting up, developing and nurturing Hospitality, Commercial and Healthcare Project Management sectors since 2008.

The ability to convert complicated activities into simplified steps, while using the power of logical thinking and cognitive abilities, he makes for a leader who inspires his team to exceed their potential.

Mary considers Synchrony her home having completed 13 years here. Through her career journey at Synchrony, Mary has been a floor walker for new hires, worked in various sub-processes of fraud, and has mentored many new hires.  In 2016, Mary completed Synchrony’s Skills Training for Evolving Professionals Program which is an intensive leadership development program for associates to grow into managers of people. Based on her strong leadership, she was also selected to represent the Hyderabad site at Synchrony’s Enterprise Operations Conference in Orlando, Florida 2017.

According to Mary, “The leadership at our site is very inspiring.  I have had an opportunity to interact with our Senior Leaders and closely witness their leadership traits. I was inspired by their different styles and have learned from them to become an effective leader myself.” She believes a goal without a plan is just a wish and takes immense pride in achieving her goals, as well as the goals of her team members.

Second year in a row, Mukesh makes it to this coveted list. An entrepreneur who has built QA Infotech from ground up, making it one of the most prominent companies in the domain of quality testing, he has also envisioned and bootstrapped several other initiatives including QAIT DevLabs, Perseverance IT Solutions and WeBuildLearning, providing a range of products and services, with a focus on commitment and excellence.

Given that one of the domains QA InfoTech specializes in, is education and learning, Mukesh was innately aligned to starting Prometheus, leveraging the bests of both the digital acumen in the educational industry and his passion to drive the change in educational sector. Prometheus is an IB candidate school in NCR, that started operations in September 2019. Mukesh is the Founding Chairman and the Director of the School. His ability to keep on inspiring his team with his ingenuity makes him a special leader.

An inspiration for leaders who have grown from lower ranks, defying all conventions and reaching to the top, while maintaining great people relationships, Vijay Kumar is a leader with around 30 years of experience, surrounded by people who are inspired by his successes. He joined Acer and started Factory Operations for Acer in Pondicherry in the year 2000. At present he is heading the Supply Chain function for Acer India.

His focus on autonomy and a participative leadership style helps develop his team members, while making them feel more connected to the hero they admire.

Infosys has always focused on nurturing greatness in its leaders. Nandhini Agasthu has spent around 19 years of her life at the organization and is now a leader who is respected for her unique and memorable practices. She has been part of Quality team for 10 years now and is currently aligned to cloud, infrastructure and security, and leads initiatives to meet their business objectives.

Adoption of agility and automation has been possible in her teams because of her practices that combines focus on people relationship with achievement of business objectives. She is a leader with a great future ahead of her because of her ability to keep people at the top in the IT sector.

Naveen is a seasoned Product Management leader with 20 years in shipping products and building companies across a slew of startups and large enterprises. At Rakuten India, he got nurtured into becoming a great people manager, by getting the opportunities to innovate and build from scratch while practising Rakuten Shugi principles of "always improve, always advance, maximum customer satisfaction, speed, passionately professional".

Empathy (for his team, customers, stakeholders), empowerment, accountability, ownership with a laser focus on his customer (unmet/unarticulated) needs/pain points, data driven approach for measurable results through an established framework, are some of the elements of his style that make him special.

Nidhi Bhardwaj works as a manager at enterprise-focused AI firm Infrrd. She has built a team with a culture of transparency, where members know and value their responsibilities. Under her leadership, her close-knit team explores the roles machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and predictive analytics can play in helping companies unlock hidden data and transform their outcomes.

Nidhi has focused on shaping automation frameworks, while also mentoring team members to give them ownership of projects and the confidence to experiment. She plays a vital role in their careers, making sure each person gets what he or she might need to not only fulfill project requirements, but also to gain new skills and reach their goals.

 

Nitin is working with CRIF as “Head - IT Solutions QA India”. CRIF is one of India’s leading providers of Credit Information, Business Information, Analytics, Scoring, Credit Management. In his role, Nitin is responsible for managing Testing, Process Quality Consulting & IT business analysis hubs in India. Nitin holds a master's degree in Business Administration and alumni of Symbiosis.

Nitin focuses on identifying the hidden potential of the team. He empowers his teams to learn new skills and brings more business opportunities using these skills. Nitin is very passionate about his work, he always motivates & inspires all his team members to achieve their best. Nitin focuses on innovative thinking and is a strong believer of collaborative leadership.

Parul Mathur, HR head at B2B portal Tradeindia, has been at the forefront of the evolution of people management processes from being policy centric to people-centric. Her rich experience stems from her ability to adapt perfectly to the changing dynamics and employee needs at established organizations as well as emerging startups. An awarded human resource professional, she maintains that her true accomplishment lies in the difference she has been able to bring in the lives of those who needed the right opportunity and direction to grow. Her leadership has seen many firsts in the form of opportunities to LGBTQ community, army personnel’s widows and technical education, and support to the housekeeping staff to offer them respectable positions.

Her strong belief in going the extra mile to comfort people around her reflects in her leadership style as well. Being an out and out people’s manager, her passion lies in mapping competencies and nurturing talent by mentoring them to focus sharply on their natural abilities.

Pavan Allena is the Founder and CEO of Metamorphosis, claimed to be world’s first virtual school for Entrepreneurship at High School level to transform the student thinking to become job creators rather than job seekers.

One of the youngest winners from this year, Pavan shows a path to the young entrepreneurs who wish to understand the secrets of building a sustainable organization with high growth potential, by giving more importance to people relationships than other aspects of the organization, as displayed by the feedback of the various stakeholders who work with him.

An Energetic, self-motivated, seasoned professional with 24+ years of B2B experience. Part of ACG Capsules since last 19+ years and moved across the ladder form an individual contributor to a team manager. Highly customer focused & achievement orientated with forte in building, guiding & strengthening teams for high performance & business excellence.

His forte is in building, guiding and strengthening teams for business excellence.He focuses on being an approachable & committed team leader with a proven track record in delivering consistent results.

Pavan has 17 years of experience in sales, distribution, corporate strategy, business planning and financial analysis across Financial Services, Textile, Telecom, Media and Real Estate sectors. At Lodha, he heads the Easy Lease team and leads a group of highly motivated sales professionals who are responsible for achieving exceptional growth by identifying non-conventional channels and making them profitable.

Transformational leadership blended with fostering an ethical work environment with clear values, priorities and standards is one of his biggest strengths.

Payal Sinha is leading Office Operations in dunnhumby India. For the second consecutive year, Payal has been shortlisted for the list. In her role, she defines and ensures smooth execution of the end-to-end processes for office operations while leading continuous improvements in systems and standards for increased efficiency. Payal’s focus has always been on aligning processes to business strategy and policies to achieve operational efficiencies. Her team is known for embedding best in class practices for property management.

She makes sure to maintain a continuous communication line with all her direct reports, this helps her to stay connected and be part of their day-to-day work life. She believes in building a positive and healthy work relationship with her team where she can provide regular feedback and listen to their viewpoint.

 

Piyush started his professional journey with 2COMS Group about 15 years back, having joined the company as a young graduate. He then worked under the direct mentorship of the founder of the group Mr. Prashant Pachisia from the very beginning, and the subsequent nurturing and mentoring made all the difference in his learning and growth as a person and as a manager.

His example is the perfect demonstration of the fact that Organization’s trust in your abilities makes you give your best and justify the faith. Founders who create environment of equity and integrity and always makes you aim for bigger goals, are the ones who nurture great people managers. He believes that 2COMS is a breeding ground of young talent who are promoted to the next level and are given bigger responsibilities, and is carrying the legacy of the organization forward.

Mr. Raj Mallela is the Founder and MD of SATRA Infrastructure Management Services Pvt Ltd. Over a career span of 25 years spanning across various countries, Mr. Mallela has worked across the value chain in the infrastructure management domain along with various stakeholders. He brings to the table, a comprehensive understanding of the sector both at a holistic level as well as a thorough grasp of each aspect in detail. He has efficiently led organizations and managed diversified teams to achieve significant performance by steadily focusing on customer success, execution and innovation, throughout his career.

His unique positive bent of mind and a mature outlook make him a great leader and cast persistent influence on his co-workers who look up to him for inspiration. Besides being an outstanding motivator, he is also an excellent communicator as his policies and procedures are clear, precise and effective. He provides direction by developing the organizational vision, communicating it to the employees and inspiring them to achieve it.

Raj Tanwar is an innovative Leader with two decades of cross-cultural experience in people practices across geographies like Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Australia. Raj has deep expertise in supporting organizations through transformational phase on aspects related to Digital HR, Talent Management & Development, Career & Succession planning, Capability Building, Compensation Strategy and Design, Engagement & Culture- to name a few. This is the second year that a leader from Concentrix has made it to this list.

An avid believer in creating a compelling employer value proposition, he has pioneered the automation and digital transformation journey of HR in his association of 4+ years with Concentrix. He has also been instrumental in expanding and managing HR practices in ASEAN region which includes countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand & Vietnam and staff from 25 nationalities working and supporting customers in 20 different languages. His passion towards building an inclusive workplace and his strategic investment in creating great employee experience has resulted into 17 industry awards for the organization and 4 individual awards.

Rajeev, joined Quess as Management Trainee in the year 2008 and since then he has been integral part of establishing the Staffing Business for Quess in the East – right from setting up of offices to building and nurturing client relationships. Over the last 12 years Rajeev has shown his prowess in Operations, Recruitment and Client Engagement. Currently Rajeev manages the Staffing Business with focus on the East and South Regions.

His practices at Quess that has made him a great people manager combine his passion for sports and mentoring, thus showing how people management is not a job, but a way of life.

Continuing the tradition of various great managers building their entire career of greatness in a single organization, Rajib has been with Waterbase ever since he completed his Masters. Waterbase is a leading manufacturer of high quality shrimp feed in India.

Hailing from the city that teaches the power of relationships to one and all, Rajib has learned the basic tenets of management - humanity and respect - right from his upbringing. His stint at Waterbase helped him hone the same and convert them into unique and memorable practices, thus helping him become one of India's greatest people managers.

Dr. Rajshekhar Iyer is an experienced Medical Professional specialized in Community Medicine & Public Healthcare and has over 4 decades of experience working in the public and private healthcare sector. He brings in policy level expertise and on ground implementation experience of healthcare programmes in the country.

Dr Iyer shows care and compassion combining it with the drive to deliver business results, making him a leader that is both inspiring and approachable.

Rakshit has more than 16 years of expertise in the field of People Management and Business Strategy, which have been spent spearheading hotel openings, talent management/development and institutionalizing best industry practices.

Rakshit has had quite a journey with Sayaji Hotels over past two years where he joined as General Manager Human Resources. His journey has been no less than a success story where he could not only build a high trust, high performance culture through innovative HR practices but also brought multiple laurels to the organization. Very recently, Rakshit’s contribution towards the brand was recognized and he now successfully leads the People initiative and heads Strategy wing for the organization working closely with hotel teams to provide strategic support, drives industry best practices, leads marketing and communication for the group.

Appearing on this list second year in a row, at a time when the competition was even higher, Ramana is one of those young leaders who embody a humane entrepreneurial style of leadership that comes from the heart and is driven by passion.

The 26 year old serial entrepreneur, CEO of Prasad Hospitals, has shown a desire to improve and constantly innovate even when his team already considered him to be a great people manager. This ability to create new and unique practices with solid impact over his stakeholders makes him appear here again.

Ranjan moved to the flagship IHG hotel of India, Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon, India in 2010 as Executive Assistant Manager-Rooms and eventually got promoted as the Resident Manager in 2011. The same year he successfully attended Career Insight-General Manager Potential Assessment Centre in Bangkok. He officiated as General Manager for 7 months, June-December 2011 and successfully led the team to achieve and exceed all its budgeted targets, GOP, guest experience, colleague engagement, and payroll and energy costs.

He is a mature leader who is quality and performance driven with a proven track record in managing people, guest service initiatives, revenue generating sales programs in both rooms and b-ositioning. He truly believes in participative and open form of leadership, with emphasis on providing work environment conducive to team building and continuous development of co-workers, empowering people with knowledge and responsibilities, recognizing and developing the deserving team members, adhering to ethical business practices, building strong customer relations and keeping pace with industry trends, in essence, building Bonds, Brand and Business.

Ravi is a payment expert with 12+ years of experience in Payment Gateway, Digital Banking, Lending, Acquiring industry; a self motivated and achievement oriented professional with strong business acumen and a proven record of profit improvement through planning and implementing strategies. He has consulted various fintech start up in building payment gateways/Ewallet/PPI License/QR code payments/Switch/UPI and helping these companies to launch their products in India as well as global markets. He has developed Payment Gateway/Payment Aggregation business under various companies and running it successfully offering more than 300+ payment methods across 100+Banks, all Credit/Debit cards, IMPS,UPI,Multiple Currency Gateway etc.

He focuses on keeping the Team spirit and coordination high by conducting some unique activities that give employees a chance to interact better with each other and helps them maintain good work life balance.

Agile Enthusiast, CSM & SCJP certified professional with overall 14+ years of technical, strategic planning and implementation experience using Agile SAFe, Kanban and Iterative methodologies. Associated with IRIS for almost 3 years now in Financial Services LoB and her key role encompasses conceptualizing & implementing best practices within the delivery team towards enhanced customer satisfaction and building team effectiveness by fostering a spirit of collaboration among the team members.

Richa knows how to foster collaboration while getting hands dirty. This is one of the many reasons why her team respects her and perceives her to be one of the greatest managers they have ever worked with.

 

Sr. Vice President, Head - Product Management & Customer Experience. In his present role in ORIX he is responsible for managing product and Customer experience. He brings 19+ years of in-depth knowledge experience in financial services industry with Leasing, Mortgages, Housing Finance, Life Insurance and Advertising & communication. Before joining ORIX, In his previous assignment he was working as National Sales Head with MAGMA Fincorp, responsible to build and setup auto lease business, GE Capital, Religare and ICICI Bank.

Sachin demonstrates special ability in connecting with his team members, using novel practices that make the team feel connected to him and Orix's vision.

At Snapdeal, He managed a team of 12 members which varies accross different verticals of Data science such as - Logistics, customer excellence, buyer and seller product along with leading BI team. I prefer to follow a very consultative and collaborative managerial style which allows the team to aim for the same sub-objectives which are in line with company's objective - Sustained profitability. He has worked with some of the unicorn consulting and analytics firms be it MNCs or startups in the last 12 years. He has established himself as a strong people and technical manager in the area of data science.

Sahil's most trusted and effective practice according to him has been an out of office activity, that is Badminton. He believes that the out of office setting helps his team ease into a different mental zone which eventually helped them discuss key work issues and focus areas even outside office.

This is the second year for Manoj Vaibhav Gems & Jewellers to appear in this list, this time with another leader from one of their branches, Sai Srikanth. Sai Srikanth is the kind of leader who carries the weight of his entire team on his shoulders without feeling burdened and making sure that each one of them perform to their best while getting inspired through him.

His ability to brand his practices make them memorable. His power of a human connect makes him well respected and loved. And his focus on developing the knowledge and learning of his team makes him a hero. This is why he is a great people manager.

 

A passionate designer, animator, visual storyteller and a visionary leader working in the e-learning industry for the past 14 years, Sajal Rastogi is working as an Art Director in Infopro Learning, a global learning and development organization.As an Art Director, he owns the creative vision of the product and clearly articulates and presents the thinking and the story behind ideas and recommendations. This includes people management, client engagement, managing multiple projects, team mentoring, troubleshooting, research and innovation.

According to him, "Personal bonding and trust are the two major factors which are essential to build a robust and confident team. Every team member should feel proud of what they are doing. This helps to inculcate ownership which leads to delivering amazing learning experiences for the customers, which is our ultimate goal."

CEO of Feedback Energy Distribution Company or FEDCO, Samarjit Mohanty is a leader who has nurtured greatness in his team members for a while. It is no surprise that FEDCO is in the list again this year under his leadership.

Many good leaders do morning huddles or practices where they empower some leaders to become the CEO for a while or other practices that is around opening up and connecting, but Samarjit does all of them in unique ways that the impact is felt by one and all. We believe that his practices and the way he implements them can help CEOs across the world know what it takes to be a great people CEO.

Sameer carries with him a massive executive experience of 21 years in business strategy, channel development and P&L management. As Hewlett Packard’s Country Director, he led the growth of channel business to US$ 2Bn. After a successful career in top corporate like Modi Xerox and Hewlett Packard, he went on to become an entrepreneur creating ROINET five years ago. Sameer is an Economics Honors graduate from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata and has an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research. He is a Sloan Fellow from MIT, Sloan School of Management.

His entrepreneurial practices help build entrepreneurs out of his team as well, thus giving his team members an opportunity to develop much more than they would have done while working with most other leaders. Job rotation for leadership team is one such practice that many entrepreneurs can learn from.

Sameer is a hands-on and passionate Food & Beverage professional, with over 22 years of experience at prestigious luxury hotels, palaces and residences across India. He currently leads the Food & Beverage strategy at Lodha group across Mumbai, Thane and Pune. An alumnus of IHM Bangalore, Sameer’s contemporary food styles offers a unique blend of modern ingredients rooted in traditional recipes. He is truly passionate and always thrives in bringing out the finest dining experience by creating culinary galore in line with trends and innovations.

He is a strong believer of Pygmalion effect and therefore recognizes that every individual is capable of high performance and his allegiance is to bring out the best from them.

Samujjwal Ghosh is a Director at Xanadu Realty, one of India’s foremost real estate consulting and business acceleration firms. With experience spanning across intensely consumer facing businesses; he has worked with organizations like L’Oréal and Diageo-United Spirits in product, marketing and business strategy roles and was the Regional CEO at Lodha Group. Samujjwal is a BE in Electronics Engineering and an MBA from NITIE, Mumbai. An avid quizzer and orator; Samujjwal finds sanctuary in RD Burman and Rafi saab. Also, a keen cricketer and fitness aficionado, he has played professionally at U16 and U19 levels.

An extremely hands on leader; when it comes to people management he swears by this quote of Maya Angelou “ I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

Sandeep is a 1996 Chartered Accountant and over the years has worked with many large organisations of repute such as PWC, KPMG, Lucent Technologies, Citigroup, Barclays and has been with ORIX India for the last 8 years as the MD and CEO of ORIX India. Over a career spanning 24 years, Sandeep has held multiple leadership roles in the various organisations that he has worked for, and these opportunities have helped him sharpen not just his professional skills, but more importantly his interpersonal and people management skills.

Sandeep is an inspirational leader and has led his teams to achieve many successful turnarounds. His Mantra for success has been, People First Always, creating an open environment and work culture where people love to contribute to the best of their abilities and grow with the organisation that promotes meritocracy, openness and fun at work.

Sanjay Kumar Shukla is the Director of Data Science (R&D) at dunnhumby, India. He has extensive experience in building innovative Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning solutions to provide actionable insights and highly-relevant product recommendations in retail. Sanjay is passionate about enhancing shopping experiences of people by building science engines that keep customers at center and delivers one-to-one personalization. Sanjay holds MS degree in Industrial and Systems engineering from University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. He has more than a decade of experience in the field of Data Science and AI.Sanjay leads a high performant team of Data Science researchers and Machine Learning engineers delivering innovative and scalable personalization science powering dunnhumby’s media and CRM products.

Sanjay believes in empowering his team and building mutual trust while leading by example and creating a culture of openness to keep the team highly motivated and efficient.

 

As a leader of Veritas Technologies, the data protection organization working for leading enterprises, Sanjeev focuses on building strong partnerships and relationships with his immediate leadership team and manage the organization through a culture that nurtures greatness in people management.

In the past, he has built, managed and scaled 2 world class IT Services Centers. And he uses his experience of more than 23 years to deliver a style of leadership that is not only inspiring but also focused on personal connect.

Sarmistha has been associated with Infosys for over 8 years now, currently she is working as a Project Manager for Infosys Limited. An accomplished software professional with strong technical background and with experience of over 16 years in the Information Technology industry, Sarmistha has worked on several application development and maintenance projects.

As a people manager, she empowers her team to deliver their best at work, promotes continuous learning and upskilling. She believes in the power of a healthy and happy workplace where everyone is treated equally and fairly. Unity in diversity and a family like work environment helps her team to perform at their best.

Saurabh Bansal is a sales head at Piramal Capital and Housing Finance, an organization that provides Home loans,Real Estate & Corporate financial services to individual and Corporate property seekers among others.

As a sales leader, Saurabh's practices show how the function of sales is dependent on strong people relationships and can lead to much stronger results if the focus is more on relationships than the targets. Business objectives should remain the core focus while people management paves the way for the same.

 

Graduated as Electrical Engineer (Electronics and Power), Shailesh is also an Accredited Energy Auditor, having rich 19 years of experience in all spectrum s of power distribution business. Shailesh is also a technical expert with excellent project execution skills. He is known in the team for his discipline and perfect planning. He is presently heading procurement, Stores, meter management and testing.

This is the second year that Shailesh has made it to the list, thanks to his practices that utilise the power of branding in making sure the impact is maximized. ""Who will take my Seat"", ""With you... Hamesha"" are some of the branded practices by this great manager showing his awareness of how unique and memorable practices create greater impact."

As the Managing Director for Project and Development Services for Occupiers in India at Cushman & Wakefield , Shashi is responsible for growing and managing Service Lines of Project Management and Design and Build in India. He has an extensive experience of more than two decades delivering business solutions to a diverse range of Global Occupier clients across a wide range of sectors. His focus areas have been Business Growth, Business strategy, Client Management, Operations Management, People Management and to deliver value to customers.

As a people manager, he holds a strong connect with his team and acts as a facilitator for the team to build their story for the future.

Shashi Singh has more than 17 years of experience, and is currently heading a unit at Kelly Services, a leading recruitment firm in the world. She is one of those leaders who has shown the true meaning of people management by becoming regular top performers in various areas.

She has used her practices built on trust and connect to ensure high performance delivery from the team. Great Manager Institute has defined people management as the ability to manage people relationships in a professional environment to achieve business objectives. Shashi embodies the same.

Vijendra Shekhawat is chief of operations and technology at AU Small Finance Bank. He is one of those leaders who has demonstrated leadership during the current tough times of pandemic by supporting his team towards constant delivery of performance while also building a culture focused on greatness in people management.

Specially featured as a great manager during the pandemic, Vijendra is showing the way for growth in small banks, by giving the right importance to people relationships.

Sheryl Cornelio is Deputy Director of Nursing at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital. Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital is a well renowned hospital currently in Mumbai and Thane, founded in the honor of Dr L H Hiranandani. The hospital has more than one great people manager in the list this year and is the only hospital this year to have achieved this feat establishing itself as a hospital that nurtures great people managers.

Sheryl has worked in an environment that tests patience and may be extremely stressful at times, but her people focused practices help her and her entire team float out of the same.

Shoheb began his career with Synchrony in 2005, He functions as AVP- Collections now. He feels Synchrony has nurtured his growth enabling him to become the professional he is today. Working with multiple teams has provided him with the opportunity to learn from many different leaders. His experience in various functions like Collections, Customer Service, Credit Solutions, Call Quality and Training has helped him understand the business more holistically. It has also helped him achieve his goals while mentoring team members and building his leadership skills as a manager of people.

According to Shoheb, “I always get asked about how I managed to spend 15 years with Synchrony. When you work with an organization that has its heart in the right place and truly cares for its employees, I guess time becomes an illusion. While I never worked with any other organization, Synchrony makes it employees feel at home. When one doesn’t have a destination in sight, it’s the journey that matters and Synchrony has put me on a journey I will always cherish."

Shrishail has 12 years of experience in education space, currently he is the Regional Head for Agastya International Foundation’s programs in Maharashtra and has been working with more than 1000 schools on creating highly recommended learning environments to inspire children and teachers. He has also established a network with the government, donors and participating schools as well as organized National level events and special programs to increase the visibility and outreach to the untouched. He is also responsible for developing strategies and frameworks to access, improve and set standards for desired quality of all programs. He also developed structured learning opportunities and people development initiatives at his organization.

As a leader, empowerment and delegation are two areas where he has demonstrated exceptional and unique thought processes, loved by his team members.

Shubhang Misra is one of the leaders at Panasonic India, and is a business professional with 17+yrs of experience in Omni & O2O Channel Mgmt., Retail Sales, Trade Mktg, GTM, Brand Shop, Sellout Ops, Distribution Sales, Online & Digital Marketing, Concept & Solutions Sale, Training Operations (Sales & Soft Skills).

His practices at Panasonic India that make him a great people manager and set him apart from all other good people managers who can connect, develop and inspire well, are the ones that focus on innovation. Driven by the desire to innovate, Shubhang empowers his team to conceptualize new ideas and tries to go beyond his role to make them succeed.

Sonica is a recruitment Manager at Aditi Staffing India Pvt Ltd. With over six years of work experience in the staffing industry, she has learnt that people are the true essence in the journey towards achieving your goals. She knows that they are your pillar of strength and vision – paving the roadmap of success for your company. She believes that to ensure that this stays, it then becomes your responsibility, as managers, to support them and foster a learning culture that inspires them to travel above and beyond in whatever they do. The key element that holds all this together – TRUST. Without that, you fall. With that – you can beat all odds.

This is her second consecutive honour this year and it comes because of her ability to create new practices suited to the new contexts.

Sooraj Nair is a hub lead at Uber and has proven himself to be a leader that knows how to steer through a crisis, especially through practices that are particularly useful in the current crisis. An IIT Kanpur and IIM Bangalore alumnus, Sooraj has spent more than 4 years at Uber, having been nurtured by this startup's focus on innovative people policies.

Most of his practices are useful for other leaders working in a fast paced environment like that of Uber and show how one need to be stressed while being a high performer.

Srinath Gururajarao is the CHRO with Nexval Group, a mortgage Banking & Media Services Organization. With a personal philosophy of “More Smiles Per Hour at Work” for success in aiming to change the world with one smile at a time, he comes with a rich & diverse experience in Strategy Execution, Innovation & with a humane approach in People Practices. He has authored 7 Intellectual Properties (IP’s) in HR, panning Business Intelligence Tools to Predictive HR Performance models within Human Resources. Srinath has been in leadership roles within Media, IT, ITes & banking Industries before & has worked with global organizations such as iGATE, Tech M, SREI Group in various leadership capacities prior to Nexval.

Under his leadership, this is the second year that Nexval is mentioned in this list. Many leaders from Nexval particularly appreciate Srinath for the people friendly positive culture that he has been able to nurture and develop at the organization.

With 23+ years of experience, out of which he spent 18 years as a people manager, Srinivas Surapani has led a distinguished career. He is currently the VP, Global Capability Center, HR Shared Services at Schneider Electric. Following an unconventional career path, he made the decision to move from a purely Commercial Excellence (Customer Satisfaction, Quality, Transformation, Sales Excellence and Digitization) role, to a Human Resource role, and it was there that he found his calling. His dedication to bring HR transformation through enhancement of employee digital experience, increasing efficiency, and effective HR operations, is unparalleled. He has delivered impressive results in translating business strategy; and prioritizes HR action plans based on thorough business understanding, agility, and customer advocacy.

His diverse set of experience allows him to create diverse set of practices focused on connecting, developing and inspiring other leaders who work with him.

Sudheer is the founding member and CTO of Shortlist, an organization that provides intelligent hiring solutions. After over 15+ years of stints as an entrepreneur and technology leadership roles in the US, Sudheer recently moved to India leaving his cushy job in Silicon Valley to work on one of the most pressing problems of emerging markets - hiring and making a social impact. Sudheer has been building teams at startups and large global companies in the US and India for over a decade.

This marks his second consecutive foray into this list, thanks to addition of a number of new practices that helped him demonstrate greatness with consistency.

Sumeer is a leader in the BFSI segment of Teamlease, an organization that provides jobs to entry level and blue collar workers. His leadership style focuses on creating a positive and competitive environment that extracts the best potential of the team that he works with.

He embodies the core principles of a great people manager, building strong connect with his team while focusing on their development and also inspiring them in the process. He shows why people management is not just about people relationships, but also about achieving business goals.

Sundar is Vice President HR at Redington India which provides integrated Supply Chain Solutions. He is a highly adaptive manager (he thanks GOT for that!) who endears himself to baby boomers to gen Z. He is not just a willing teacher but someone who inspires and builds trust quickly and attracts people to learn from him. To the millennials & gen Z, his span of influence is amazing. He seamlessly transitions between being a manager, a HR Guru and also fellow colleague who lets his hair down with them after work.

Great Manager Institute believes that exceptionally great people managers can consistently connect, develop and inspire while being amazing at one of these behaviour areas. For Sundar, it is his ability to be infectiously inspiring. His focus on appreciating and honouring the teams that work with him, and his ability of making them achieve their true personal best, makes Sundar the kind of leader every aspiring CXO should work with.

Sunil is Director (Risk Management) at Dream 11 which is a sports technology company based out of Mumbai. He believes in actively listening to each of his teammates. He encourages all of his teammates to draw ideas from their own professional experiences, and blend them into stronger winning strategies.

Dream 11 is known in the startup ecosystem as an organization that has surpassed expectations to become the fastest growing sports technology company in the country. Leaders like Sunil create the kind of culture needed to drive the best out of all employees, by focusing on the core tenets of people management: connnect, develop, inspire.

At the age of 26, Trishneet Arora is an author, a self-described friendly hacker and the founder and CEO of cyber security start-up TAC Security Solutions. The India-based company performs Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing for corporates identifying weaknesses in their cyber security.

Trishneet has created a startup that most entrepreneurs can learn a lot from. Approachable CEO may be common for many startups, but Trishneet sets himself apart by igniting passion within his team members to create impact, and taking along the entire team in its celebration of all types of successes.

Vamsi Krishna currently head the IT Services and Consulting  Vertical business at Quess IT Staffing. With 20 years of experience in the IT industry, across multiple domains and geographies, Vamsi has extensively worked in client-facing roles in IT staffing and recruitment, IT services, CAD/CAM and IT product development environments. Over the years he has built strong partnerships with clients and colleagues ensuring long standing business relationships and growth for all stakeholders. For him, On boarding a new client and developing team members are the most satisfying aspects of his role. A firm believer in ""team before self"", Vamsi has successfully lead many teams with an acute sense of cohesion, his teams would agree.

Vamsi makes his team see the bigger picture and always helps them understand things beyond work. One thing common in the top 100 great people managers is that they put people's aspirations first and achievement of business objectives is a natural consequence.

Varoon Rajani, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Blazeclan Technologies, spearheads the strategic goals of the company and is instrumental in constructing the company’s future roadmap. His leadership shines through when building winning teams with unhinging focus on delivering trustworthy and dynamic solutions to customers. He has a proven track record of running successful businesses while building and developing teams from scratch. With his leadership skills, he has been able to enable businesses to transform leveraging cloud, automation and analytics solutions. A young leader with an ability to build, guide and direct an enterprise through strategic leadership, delivering outstanding performance, generating higher revenues and ensuring customer success.

Varoon is one of those few entrepreneurs who can appreciate individuality in everyone around him. This is one of the traits that sets him apart.

Venkatesh is Vice President - Supply Chain Finance & E-Commerce at Flexiloans (an online lending platform). He is driven by the passion to solve problems for businesses. He loves to groom emerging leaders by helping them evolve their own leadership style. He prefers giving them unquestioned authority to run business verticals, while letting them know that he has their back.

Venkatesh works closely with his team members, helping them grow their self, as he knows that great people managers connect, develop and inspire, to achieve business objectives.

 

Mr. Vikas Kapai – General Manager, Sofitel Mumbai BKC brings over 30 years of distinguished hospitality experience, as he diligently leads Sofitel Mumbai BKC, the flagship property of the French Sofitel Hotels & Resorts, Accor Group. Under his capable guidance as the General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport, the hotel team went ahead to be the only hotel in India to score a 100% satisfaction score in the Associate Engagement Survey 2016, in addition to excelling in annual Gross Operating Profit, RevPar, room revenue and restaurant conversions. Further to his mentorship, the hotel was recognised with the Indian Digital Hospitality Award’s Digital Market Asia 2016, Masters of Modern Advertising Awards 2017 and SATTE Award’s – Most Innovative in Hotel Marketing & Communications 2017.

With unique twists to common practices like Townhalls and creation of novel mission-oriented practices, Vikas has helped the entire team at Sofitel come together as family in achieving common goals for the hotel.

Zahida Ternikar as the Head – Customer Service at Kaya Limited is the custodian of service quality, clinic processes and customer engagement. She has an over of 24 years of experience in driving and building differential customer experience with unparalleled service quality across industries like banking, hospitality, mutual funds, manufacturing and airlines. Her focus is inside-out, always striving to create a culture of happiness within the organization, as she firmly believes that people project what they feel and if they are truly happy, it will reflect in their work, delighting the customers.

What truly sets her apart as a leader is her style of leadership which focuses on serving, thus, enabling the people and organization she manages to thrive.