Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, ZEEL, received the prestigious The Economic Times ’40 under Forty’ - India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award 2014 on April 29th at a glittering function held at the Four Seasons, Mumbai. He was presented the esteemed award by Deepak Parekh, Executive Chairman, HDFC. The list of the 40 winners was finalized by a study conducted by The Economic Times and Spencer Stuart to identify India Inc’s upcoming leadership.
Out of the original list of 2000 leaders, the final 40 were identified based on a combination of quantitative business results (growth, margins and turnaround) as well as qualitative attributes (innovation, reputation, people leadership, and contribution to the ecosystem). The jury was chaired by Deepak Parekh, Executive Chairman of HDFC while the other eminent members on the panel were Anjali Bansal, Managing Director of Spencer Stuart India, Subodh Bhargava, Chairman, Tata Communications, Janmejaya Sinha, Chairman of Boston Consulting Group, Asia Pacific, Harish Manwani, COO, Unilever and Non-Executive Chairman, Hindustan Unilever, D Shivakumar, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India and Sanjeev Bhikchandani, CEO and Co-Founder, Info Edge India.
Other notable names who received the honour are Sachin Bansal, Co-Founder & CEO, Flipkart, Schauna Chauhan, CEO, Parle Agro, Aditya Ghosh, President, IndiGo Air and Siddharth Roy Kapur, MD, The Walt Disney Company India, amongst others.