'Business Today' awards the young super performers

MUMBAI: Business Today in association with HP India presented Prasoon Joshi, R Subramanian and Sulajja Firodia Motwani with the 'Business Today Young Super Performers Awards 2004' on 11 March at Mumbai's Taj Mahal Hotel.


Information and Broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was the Guest of Honour and Reliance Industries vice chairman and managing director Anil Ambani was the chief guest who jointly gave away the awards to the winners. Others present at the event were HP India president Balu Doraisamy and Business Today editor Sanjoy Narayan among others.

The 'Business Today Young Super Performer Awards' were presented in three categories - the Ideator which went to McCann Erickson national creative director Prasoon Joshi for 'Owning the Year's Biggest Idea'; the Entrepreneur which went to Subhiksha Trading Services MD R Subramanian for 'Creating a Business from Scratch and altering the rules of the game'; and the CEO which was bagged by Kinetic Engineering Jt Managing Director Sulaija Firodia Motwani for 'Steering her organisation to Greater Glory'.

Asked why HP associated with the awards, Doraisamy said, "We see a perfect fit between our corporate values and culture, and what these awards stand for. HP's promotes lateral thinking, creativity and motivation to achieve the impossible. HP has a long-standing tradition of innovation, reliability and achievement, which binds its employees together. These awards recognize individuals who have achieved success across all these parameters."

"These three winners are role models for an entire generation of young Indians that believes it is possible to succeed on the strength of their own vision and commitment," said Narayan.

The 'Business Today Young Super Performers Awards' recognize and felicitate people from the corporate world who have achieved strong results in their respective fields. And above corporate achievements, another criterion that went into the final selection was that all nominees had achieved their success at a fairly young age, below 40 years.

In the selection process, 72 names were short listed in the three categories initially and was further whittled down to 15 (five in each category) by the magazine's senior editorial team. To select one final winner in each category, Business Today put together a panel of experts comprising Union Revenue secretary Vinita Rai, Asian Paints chairman Ashwin Dani, Citigroup Venture Capital International MD Ajoy Relan, Ma Foi Management Consultants chairman and MD K Pandia Rajan, N M Rothschild & Sons (India) MD Munesh Khanna and Business Today Editor Sanjoy Narayan.

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