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India's Best Leaders in Times of Crisis 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic challenged old paradigms of working and thrust the new normal on businesses and the work force. While organizations have found ways to cope with the VUCA world, current times placed tremendous pressure on the leadership team to be agile, decisive and adaptable. There have been many examples of exemplary behavior on the part of senior leadership, be it redefining business models, redesigning workplaces to suit the current needs or ensuring the wellbeing of the workforce. The ‘India’s Best Leaders in Time of Crisis 2021’ Study was a Great Place to Work® India initiative to identify leaders who have demonstrated exceptional ability in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

The study captured history as it happened by enabling organizations to update actions and initiatives regularly, while a short impact survey was conducted on cross-sections of employees to understand their experience during these challenging times.

Large Organizations

(>500 Employees)

Mid-Size Organizations

(100-499 Employees)

Large Organizations

(In alphabetical order)

OrganizationLeader NameIndustryCityView Profile
Allstate Solutions Private LimitedChetan GargaInformation TechnologyBangalorehttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-40
Apollo Tyres LimitedSatish SharmaManufacturing & ProductionGurgaonhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/apollo-tyres-limited
Atria Convergence Technologies LimitedBala MalladiTelecommunicationsBangalorehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/atria-convergence-technologies-limited
Axis Bank LimitedAmitabh ChaudhryFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-39
Axtria India Private LimitedManish MittalInformation TechnologyGurgaonhttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-60
Aye Finance P LimitedSanjay SharmaFinancial Services & InsuranceGurgaonhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/aye-finance-p-limited
Barbeque-Nation Hospitality LimitedRahul AgrawalRetailBangalorehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/barbeque-nation-hospitality-limited
BBRAUN Medical India Private LimitedIndranil MukherjeeHealth CareMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/great/profile/women-best/BBRAUN-MEDICAL
Blue Yonder India Private LimitedUmesh GaurInformation TechnologyBangalorehttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-61
Borosil LimitedShreevar KherukaManufacturing & ProductionMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-42
Brigade Enterprises LimitedRoshin MathewConstruction, Infrastructure & Real EstateBangalorehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/brigade-enterprises-limited
CitiusTech Healthcare Technology Private LimitedJagdish MoorjaniInformation TechnologyMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/great/profile/it-best-20/CitiusTech
CreditAccess Grameen LimitedUdaya Kumar HebbarFinancial Services & InsuranceBangalorehttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/great/rated/India/CreditAccess-Grameen
Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals LimitedMathew JobManufacturing & ProductionMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-44
DHL Global Forwarding Freight Shared Services (India) LLPFrank SchuelerTransportationMumbaihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/dhl-global-forwarding-freight-shared-services-india-llp
REA India Pte. Ltd. (Housing, PropTiger and Makaan)Dhruv AgarwalaE-commerceGurgaonhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/rea-india-pte-ltd
ESDS Software Solution Private LimitedPiyush SomaniInformation TechnologyNashikhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/esds-software-solution-private-limited
Evalueserve.com Private LimitedNand GangwaniProfessional ServicesGurgaonhttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-47
Fedbank Financial Services limitedAnil KothuriFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-62
Fermenta Biotech LimitedPrashant NagreBiotechnology & PharmaceuticalsThanehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/fermenta-biotech-limited
Godrej Consumer Products LimitedSunil KatariaManufacturing & ProductionMumbaihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/godrej-consumer-products-limited
Hero FinCorp LimitedAbhimanyu MunjalFinancial Services & InsuranceDelhihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/hero-fincorp-limited
HIL LimitedDhirup Roy ChoudharyManufacturing & ProductionHyderabadhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/hil-limited
HPKetan Maganlal PatelInformation TechnologyBangalorehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/hp
Hygienic Research Institute Private LimitedManish ChhabraManufacturing & ProductionMumbaihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/hygienic-research-institute-private-limited
IMerit Technology ServicesRadha Ramaswami BasuInformation TechnologyKolkatahttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/imerit-technology-services
IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company LimitedVishakha R.MFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbaihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/indiafirst-life-insurance-company-limited
Innominds Software Private LimitedDivakar TantravahiInformation TechnologyHyderabadhttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-49
JK Cement LimitedDr. Raghavpat SinghaniaManufacturing & ProductionDelhihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/jk-cement-limited
Laurus Labs LimitedSatyanarayana ChavaBiotechnology & PharmaceuticalsVisakhapatnamhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/laurus-labs-limited
Mahindra & Mahindra Automotive & Farm Equipment SectorsRajesh JejurikarManufacturing & ProductionMumbaihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/mahindra-mahindra-automotive-farm-equipment-sectors
Mahindra Rural Housing Finance LimitedAnuj MehraFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbaihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/mahindra-rural-housing-finance-limited
Marico LimitedSaugata GuptaManufacturing & ProductionMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in//leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-50
Marks and Spencer Reliance India Private LimitedJames MunsonRetailGurgaonhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/marks-and-spencer-reliance-india-private-limited
MindtreeDebashis ChatterjeeInformation TechnologyBangalorehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/mindtree
Orient Cement LimitedDeepak KhetrapalManufacturing & ProductionHyderabadhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/orient-cement-limited
Orient Electric LimitedRakesh KhannaOtherDelhihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/great/company/orient-electric-limited
PD Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research CentreGautam KhannaHealth CareMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in//leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-52
Randstad India Pvt LimitedPaul DupuisProfessional ServicesBangalorehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/randstad-india-private-limited
S&P GlobalNilam PatelInformation TechnologyHyderabadhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/s-p-global
SIS LimitedRituraj SinhaProfessional ServicesDelhihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/sis-limited
Skipper LimitedSajan Kumar BansalManufacturing & ProductionKolkatahttps://www.greatplacetowork.in//leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-55
STL (Sterlite Technologies Limited)Anand AgarwalTelecommunicationsPunehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/stl-sterlite-technologies-limited
Tata Power Delhi Distribution LimitedGanesh SrinivasanManufacturing & ProductionDelhihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/tata-power-delhi-distribution-limited
The Federal Bank LimitedShyam SrinivasanFinancial Services & InsuranceErnakulamhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/the-federal-bank-limited
Thermo Fisher Scientific India Private LimitedAmit ChopraBiotechnology & PharmaceuticalsMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in//leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-63
Ugam, A Merkle CompanySunil MiraniInformation TechnologyMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in//leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-56
Ujjivan Small Finance Bank LimitedNitin ChughFinancial Services & InsuranceBangalorehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/ujjivan-small-finance-bank-limited
Vaibhav Global LimitedSunil AgrawalManufacturing & ProductionJaipurhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/vaibhav-global-limited
VuramVenkatesh RamarathinamInformation TechnologyChennaihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/vuram

Mid-Size Organizations

(In alphabetical order)

OrganizationLeader NameIndustryCityView Profile
A.O.Smith India Water Products Private LimitedParag KulkarniManufacturing & ProductionBangalorehttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/great/company/a-o-smith-india-water-products-private-limited
Anudip Foundation for Social WelfareMonisha BanerjeeNon-profit and Charity OrganisationsKolkatahttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-59
Avanse Financial Services LimitedAmit GaindaFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-41
BRAINVIRE INFOTECH PRIVATE LIMITEDChintan ShahInformation TechnologyMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-43
Brigade Hospitality Services LimitedVineet VermaHospitalityBangalorehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/brigade-hospitality-services-limited
DLF Cyber City Developers LimitedSriram KhattarConstruction, Infrastructure & Real EstateGurgaonhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/dlf-cyber-city-developers-ltd
East West Seeds India Private LimitedDilip RajanAgriculture, forestry and fishingBangalorehttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-45
Elektrobit India Private LimitedSatish SundaresanOtherBangalorehttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-46
Griffith Foods Private LimitedDhiren KanwarManufacturing & ProductionBangalorehttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-48
Hella India Lighting LimitedRamashankar PandeyManufacturing & ProductionGurgaonhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/hella-india-lighting-ltd
Jagran New Media (MMI Online Limited)Bharat GuptaMediaDelhihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/mmi-online-limited
KARL STORZ Endoscopy India Private LimitedDiwaker RanaHealth CareDelhihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/karl-storz-endoscopy-india-pvt-ltd
Kemin Industries South Asia Private LimitedSureshkumar RManufacturing & ProductionChennaihttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/kemin-industries-south-asia-private-limited
Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Private LimitedVikramjit RoyConstruction, Infrastructure & Real EstateGurgaonhttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/great/company/maccaferri-environmental-solutions-pvt-ltd
Mobile CrechesSumitra MishraNon-profit and Charity OrganisationsDelhihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-51
Nabler Web Solutions Private LimitedSeby KallarakalInformation TechnologyBangalorehttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/nabler-web-solutions-private-limited
Nehru World SchoolSusan HolmesEducation & TrainingGhaziabadhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/nehru-world-school
Pepe Jeans India LimitedManish KapoorRetailMumbaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/great/company/pepe-jeans-india-ltd
Quest AllianceAakash SethiNon-profit and Charity OrganisationsBangalorehttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-53
Rimini Street India Operations Private LimitedSuryanarayana Raju GadirajuInformation TechnologyHyderabadhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/rimini-street-india-operations-private-limited
SigmoidLokesh AnandInformation TechnologyBangalorehttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-54
Space Teleinfra Private LimitedSanjay NandrajogTelecommunicationsGurgaonhttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/space-teleinfra-private-limited
Triveni Polymers Private LimitedPrakash DhamejaManufacturing & ProductionPanipathttps://greatplacetowork.in/great/company/triveni-polymers-private-limited
Uniphore Software Systems Private LimitedAnurag VermaInformation TechnologyChennaihttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-57
ZenotiSudheer KoneruInformation TechnologyHyderabadhttps://www.greatplacetowork.in/leadership-in-times-of-crisis-2021#litc-58

Leadership and Great Workplace Cultures

  • Rahul Agrawal

    CEO,

    Barbeque-Nation Hospitality Limited

    My strong belief is that while everything else can be re-built, your people and culture has to be protected first during any crisis. With the clear priority towards people-first, we focussed on transparent communication and involving them on problem solving. We build an environment of high trust through our transparent communication and once this was achieved, the teams themselves found ways to navigate through issues raised due to the crisis.

  • Vineet Verma

    Executive Director and CEO,

    Brigade Hospitality Services Limited

    I believe Leadership and Trust are like conjoined twins. You lose one you lose the other. Respect as a leader does not come overnight. It is Trust that needs to be first earned. The ability to lead your people from behind yet stepping out in front as their protective shield at the time of crisis, has to come naturally and is the single most significant attribute of true leadership.

  • Rajesh Jejurikar

    Executive Director – AFS,

    Mahindra & Mahindra Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors

    At Mahindra, we believe that GPTW provides the perfect framework to create a great workplace. Investing in our people capabilities, establishing strong business fundamentals, creating culture of trust and mutual respect helped us to make the organization even more people centric and future ready.

  • Sunil Kataria

    CEO India and SAARC,

    Godrej Consumer Products Limited

    It is the hope, the heart and as we call it at Godrej Consumer Products – “the challenger mindset”. Our core value of trust translated into helping our people and ecosystems stay safe. COVID-19 leaves us many powerful reminders and for me personally, the biggest is this – that trusting our people, and fostering an empowering, inclusive culture can help us emerge stronger together from just about anything.

  • Suryanarayana Raju Gadiraju

    Managing Director

    Rimini Street India Operations Private Limited

    One of the crucial aspects of driving a great culture is the emphasis we lay on our people – we treat everyone with respect and communicate clearly, openly, and honestly. Our decisions are taken keeping in mind the best interest of our colleagues.

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