Aniruddha Basu (centre), MD, CESC, received the award in the corporate leadership category from N.N. Framjee, past president, CMA, and J.N. Mukhopadhyay, executive committee member, CMA. “It is all because of a beautiful team. I am deeply humbled and honoured and dedicate it to my entire team, and take it as a token of recognition of our efforts,” said Basu.
Management experts from across the country gathered at Hotel Hindusthan International on March 27 for the CMA Management Excellence Awards 2018, presented by LIC in association with The Telegraph and Sterling Reserve Music CDs. The ceremony honoured 10 individuals, across eight categories, who have made a mark in management.
Arundhati Bhattacharya, former chairman, SBI, was awarded the Management Hall of Fame by Asok Banerjee and A.K. Sharma for her pioneering work in the field of finance. “The journey has been quite interesting, because banking is a traditionally male-dominated arena,” said Bhattacharya.
Gautam Chatterjee (far right), MD & CEO, Exide Industries, also won in the corporate leadership category. He received the award from Anil Garg, executive committee member, CMA, and M.K. Kemmu, regional manager, pension and group scheme, eastern zone, LIC. “We are a 72-year-old company. We’ve been a market leader and have sustained leadership and profitability. There is something in the DNA of the company that seven out of 10 cars that come out on the road have Exide batteries,” said Chatterjee.
Gaurav Swarup (far right), CMD, Paharpur Cooling Towers, received the business leadership award from Asok Banerjee and R.C. Bhattacharya, executive committee member, CMA. “There is no substitute for hard work. Focus and just get on with the job,” Swarup said when asked about his success mantra.
CMA past president Sumit Ray and Buddhadev Dutta, cluster head, West Bengal, Allied Blenders & Distillers, handed over the business leadership award to A.K. Mukherjee (far right), MD, Sonodyne Corp. “Audio is my passion. Right from my university days I used to spend a lot of time doing this naughty work with audio! It’s been more than 45 years and the passion still remains. Continuous innovation and R&D with my team of engineers is what keeps us going,” said Mukherjee.
Sabahat S. Azim (far right), MD and CEO of Glocal Healthcare Systems, received the innovation excellence award from Sidhartha Roy, past president, CMA, and Vibhor Tandon, executive committee member, CMA. “I am a naturalised Bengali, have been here for the past 12 years, and I’m a naturalised businessman. Our goal is to make healthcare technology feasible. I would credit this award to the team members of Glocal, and the 1,700 people across the rural areas who are working tirelessly to make healthcare accessible,” said Sabahat.
Ajoy Kumar Ray, director, IIEST Shibpur (second from right), received the award for leadership in institutional excellence from Alokesh Banerjee, past president, CMA; Somesh Dasgupta, executive committee member, CMA; and T.V.S. Shenoy, treasurer, CMA. “The idea for any university should be to create innovative minds. And that’s what the directors at various good institutions all over the world have tried to do. I would like to dedicate this award to all my colleagues across the country who have dedicated their life to refining this tradition of innovation,” said Ray.
Sudha Kaul (far right), vice-chairperson and trustee, Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, received the public service award from Aniruddha Lahiri and Sudhir Chand, both past presidents of CMA. “It’s the smile in the eyes of the children we work with and the spirit of the staff who believe that they can make a difference that keeps me going,” said Kaul.
“The eastern zone has shown tremendous growth for LIC. So much so, that we prefer calling it the excellent zone, and West Bengal in particular has shown immense potential,” said A.K. Sharma, regional manager (marketing), eastern zonal office, LIC.
“It’s a proud moment for the Calcutta Management Association today. I’d like to thank all the members as well as the city for blessing us with immense talent. The winners and leaders from today’s event are going to add value to the management community in general and I wish them all the luck,” said Asok Kumar Banerjee, president, Calcutta Management Association.
The emerging leader award was handed over to Mayank Jalan (far right), CMD, Keventer Agro, by Madhumita Basu, past president, CMA, and Dilip Kumar Jaiswal, MD of HHI Group of Hotels. “I accept this on behalf of my team and colleagues; it is their hard work and passion which has got us this far. Emerging leader means that we have not fully emerged yet, and there are a lot more hills for me and my team to climb in the future,” said Jalan.
“It is our great pleasure and honour to host such a prestigious event every year with such stalwarts from various fields. We would like to thank CMA and The Telegraph for giving us this wonderful opportunity,” said Vinay Kumar Jaiswal, director, operations, HHI Group of Hotels.
J.P. Chowdhary (right), chairman, Titagarh Wagons, being presented with the lifetime achievement award by Gautam Ray, past president, CMA. “God was kind. I tried my best, we worked hard and things turned out well. I would not want anything more in life. As a businessman, I have always believed that if one can go beyond the business and do something to help the masses, then that’s a more satisfying feeling,” said Chowdhary.
Text: Zeba Akhtar
Pictures: Pabitra Das