Manufacturing and Supply Chain 2022

About the Awards

The presentation ceremony of the Inspiring and Successful Leadership Awards by Pragati Leadership held on 30th August recognized some of India’s most impactful and successful CEOs from the Manufacturing and Supply Chain sectors.

These awards have been instituted by Pragati Leadership to recognize individuals in the Indian corporate sector who create energized, aligned teams and steer organizational projects to success. The Awards are a platform to celebrate stellar leadership qualities and aim to catalyze a culture of inspiring, successful leaders across sectors.

The first round of awards for the Manufacturing and Supply Chain sector were held in August 2022. Shortlisted nominees were evaluated by a jury comprising eminent personalities from the corporate, social and academic circles.

Arun Wakhlu speaks about the vision behind the awards.

The winners

Mr B. Santhanam

CEO, Asia Pacific & India, Saint Gobain

Mr Shashi Kiran Shetty

Chairman, Allcargo Logistics Ltd.

Mr Anant Goenka


Mr Rizwan Soomar

CEO & Managing Director, DP World Subcontinent

Rizwan Soomer Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Mr Farhad Forbes

Co-chairman, Forbes Marshall

Mr Bharat Puri

MD, Pidilite Industries

Three Rising Star Award

were also presented on the same occasion to

Ms. Chetana Patnaik

Head HR, L&T TI IC

Neeraj Kumar Gupta

Director HR, Knorr Bremse

Satyajit Mohanty

Head HR, L&T TI IC

Shortlisted nominations were evaluated by a jury comprising of

Judges Spotlight

Satish Kumar Anavangot

Former MD, Henkel India Limited

Currently serving as Chairman, Joy App Technologies, Independent Board Member on Sheenlac Paints Limited, Member of the Executive Committee of Chennai Angels, and Trustee of IIMPACT. Mr. Anavangot has served on the boards of Laxmi Vilas Bank and Amrutanjan, amongst other companies, and is a Past President of the Madras Management Association.

Biji K. Kurien

Former MD - CPS Color India, Berger Paints and Author

A gold medalist from IIM Ahmedabad and an electrical engineer, Biji Kurien’s corporate experience spans CPS Color India, Berger Paints, Asian Paints, and the Mysore State Electricity Board. He is the author of Half a Century and Still at the Crease – a journey through 50-plus years as a management professional.

Dr. Sayalee Gankar

Vice Chancellor, D. Y. Patil University

Dr. Gankar’s areas of expertise span academic leadership, strategic planning, institution building, academic programming & planning, research, consultancy, industry collaborations, rankings, and accreditation. She has worked as Dean and Director of two business schools at MIT, Pune. She is a research guide for doctoral studies and has been the Board of Studies Chairman and member at Savitribai Phule Pune University, JKLU, SIU, and NIBM.

S. Deenadayalan

Founder, Center for Excellence in Organization

S. Deenadayalan works with the underprivileged to discover their extraordinary talent. Over 30,000 students of municipal schools in India have benefited from his model and evolved into leaders and entrepreneurs. He is the founder of the CEO (Customer, Employees, Owner, or Organization) that has extended services to organizations In India, the Asia Pacific, and West Africa, including GE, Philips, Corning, Saint Gobain, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola, Mondelez (Cadburys), Kellogg’s. Isuzu, and others.

Anu Wakhlu

Chairperson and Executive Director, Pragati Leadership

A strategic HR consultant, coach, and facilitator – Ms. Anu Wakhlu’s experience covers over 15,000 hours as a Consultant and Facilitator, and over 2500 hours of Coaching for clients. Her international certifications include Certified Executive Coach – ICF (MCC) and Certified in Barrett’s Values & Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT – 1, 2). Ms. Anu Wakhlu is an Ashoka Fellow and author of the book, Time and Life Management.

Raman Chadha

ex Head Oil & Gas, Gammon Engineers

An alumnus of IIT, Delhi, and FMS, Delhi, Mr. Raman Chadha has worked as Executive VP at Punj Lloyd, and Advisor Operations at Bahwan Engineering in Muscat, Oman, before taking on the role of Head Oil & Gas at Gammon Engineering.

Going forward, the awards will extend to other sectors and will also be held for international leaders in the near future. Awards for different sectors of Indian industry are on the anvil. Further, Pragati Leadership plans to launch the Inspiring and Successful Leadership Awards in select international regions such as the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

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