Top Business Strategists

cioreviewindia Team | Thursday, 28 October 2021, 05:47 IST

Top Business StrategistsAt the heart of a successful business, there lies a strategy that has been perfected through the acumen, experience, and innovation of visionary leaders. As such, the top business strategists and financial leaders in India dedicate a substantial amount of effort towards accurately anticipating opportunities, challenges, and future trends ahead of time. This enables them to not only deliver business objectives but also disrupt the market as first-movers and adequately address the needs and wants of a market. The country has its own fair share of top business strategists, especially famous personalities in finance in India, who’ve taken on the mantle to contribute to the progress of the economy and been driving it forward. Let’s take a look at 8 contemporary business strategists in India today who are redefining industries with sharp, future-ready strategies.

Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey

Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey was born on February 2, 1961, in Bihar and is a B.Tech graduate from IIT Kanpur. He pursued his postgraduate studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He began his career as an IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre and post that, he was appointed as a Finance Secretary of India, and CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India by the Prime Minister. Dr. Ajay Bhusan Pandey is responsible for the helming of the financial revolution in India through his role in introducing major reforms such as Aadhaar, GST, and direct tax policies.

Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak is one of the most famous personalities in finance in India. Born on March 15, 1959, he is now the executive Vice-chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank. Born in 1959, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics and completed his MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj University. In 1985, he started Kotak Capital Management Finance which became Kotak Mahindra Finance Limited in 1986. Today, he is one of the world's richest self-made bankers and has ranked as the 2nd best CEO by Finance Asia Best Managed Companies Poll 2020. 

Savitri Jindal

Savitri Jindal is amongst the most influential businesswomen in India and has continued to set a precedent as a visionary, highly experienced entrepreneur. Born on March 20, 1950, she is from Tinsukia, Assam, and took over the Jindal Group after her husband, who founded the Jindal Group, at the age of 71 years. After she took over the company, the group's turnover increased four times. Her strategies have been known to have played a key role in the expansion of the company overseas in record time. She is the recipient of an international award for women's empowerment.

Sanjiv Bajaj

Sanjiv Bajaj was born on November 2, 1969, in the prominent Bajaj family. Today, he has emerged as a true business icon of India on the back of pioneering achievements in the finance and FinTech space. He graduated as a mechanical engineer from the University of Pune and further pursued a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Warwick, UK, and an MBA from Harvard business school, USA. Sanjiv Bajaj joined the family business in 1994 and rose to the ranks of Managing Director of Bajaj Finserv in 2007. As a new-age business strategist, he led Bajaj Finserv to many milestones, such as crossing the 40 million mark on customer footprint. Thefamous financial leader has also earned many accolades that have cemented his reputation as a top business strategist, such as being named amongst India Today's Power List 2019 of ‘Top 50 Power People: The High and Mighty’. 

Dilip Shanghvi

Born on October 1, 1955, Dilip Shanghvi is one of the most reputed business strategists in the country. He founded Sun Pharmaceuticals in 1983 – said to be a bold decision which he took soon after his graduation in commerce from the University of Calcutta. Today, the company's annual revenue has reached a mammoth $4.5 billion – a testament to his exceptional strategic skills that have nurtured the pharmaceutical giant over time. He was an awardee of the Padma Shri in 2016.

Deep Kalra

Deep Kalra was born in Hyderabad and grew up in Ahmedabad. After he graduated from IIM Ahmedabad, Deep joined ABN AMRO and worked there for three years. His vision about the potential of the internet motivated him to start MakeMyTrip in the year 2000. After surviving initial hardships, MakeMyTrip saw steady growth. The company witnessed a breakthrough after enabling  online ticket bookings by IRCTC. This ground-breaking strategic step initiated by Deep Kalra made the company worth 1,000 crore INR in the year 2008. Today, the travel aggregator is growing from strength to strength in the digital era.

Azim Premji

Azim Premji, one of the top entrepreneurs in India was born on July 24, 1945. His father was the founder of Western India Vegetable Products Limited. He completed his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Azim Premji took over the family business after his father's accidental death and diversified the company. Thus, Wipro was born in 1977. After 1979, the company started its venture in the computer business and turned out to be a strategic masterstroke by Azim Premji. As technology grew, the company's value skyrocketed and pegged Ajim Premji’s name in the richest entrepreneurs list. 

Narayana Murthy

Narayana Murthy is an example of how honesty and integrity along with a great strategic mind can be the bedrock of success in any field. He was born on August 20, 1946, in Mysore, Karnataka. He married Sudha Murthy, who is a famous author. He received his Master's degree in 1969 from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. In 1981, Narayana Murthy and his six software professionals founded Infosys. Today, Infosys is one of the most reputed IT companies with multiple awards and is considered a great workplace. Narayana Murthy is an awardee of the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan..

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