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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 TechnologyBangalore
Apollo Tyres LimitedSatish SharmaManufacturing & ProductionGurgaon
Atria Convergence Technologies LimitedBala MalladiTelecommunicationsBangalore
Axis Bank LimitedAmitabh ChaudhryFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbai
Axtria India Private LimitedManish MittalInformation TechnologyGurgaon
Aye Finance P LimitedSanjay SharmaFinancial Services & InsuranceGurgaon
Barbeque-Nation Hospitality LimitedRahul AgrawalRetailBangalore
BBRAUN Medical India Private LimitedIndranil MukherjeeHealth CareMumbai
Blue Yonder India Private LimitedUmesh GaurInformation TechnologyBangalore
Borosil LimitedShreevar KherukaManufacturing & ProductionMumbai
Brigade Enterprises LimitedRoshin MathewConstruction, Infrastructure & Real EstateBangalore
CitiusTech Healthcare Technology Private LimitedJagdish MoorjaniInformation TechnologyMumbai
CreditAccess Grameen LimitedUdaya Kumar HebbarFinancial Services & InsuranceBangalore
Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals LimitedMathew JobManufacturing & ProductionMumbai
DHL Global Forwarding Freight Shared Services (India) LLPFrank SchuelerTransportationMumbai
REA India Pte. Ltd. (Housing, PropTiger and Makaan)Dhruv AgarwalaE-commerceGurgaon
ESDS Software Solution Private LimitedPiyush SomaniInformation TechnologyNashik Private LimitedNand GangwaniProfessional ServicesGurgaon
Fedbank Financial Services limitedAnil KothuriFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbai
Fermenta Biotech LimitedPrashant NagreBiotechnology & PharmaceuticalsThane
Godrej Consumer Products LimitedSunil KatariaManufacturing & ProductionMumbai
Hero FinCorp LimitedAbhimanyu MunjalFinancial Services & InsuranceDelhi
HIL LimitedDhirup Roy ChoudharyManufacturing & ProductionHyderabad
HPKetan Maganlal PatelInformation TechnologyBangalore
Hygienic Research Institute Private LimitedManish ChhabraManufacturing & ProductionMumbai
IMerit Technology ServicesRadha Ramaswami BasuInformation TechnologyKolkata
IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company LimitedVishakha R.MFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbai
Innominds Software Private LimitedDivakar TantravahiInformation TechnologyHyderabad
JK Cement LimitedDr. Raghavpat SinghaniaManufacturing & ProductionDelhi
Laurus Labs LimitedSatyanarayana ChavaBiotechnology & PharmaceuticalsVisakhapatnam
Mahindra & Mahindra Automotive & Farm Equipment SectorsRajesh JejurikarManufacturing & ProductionMumbai
Mahindra Rural Housing Finance LimitedAnuj MehraFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbai
Marico LimitedSaugata GuptaManufacturing & ProductionMumbai
Marks and Spencer Reliance India Private LimitedJames MunsonRetailGurgaon
MindtreeDebashis ChatterjeeInformation TechnologyBangalore
Orient Cement LimitedDeepak KhetrapalManufacturing & ProductionHyderabad
Orient Electric LimitedRakesh KhannaOtherDelhi
PD Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research CentreGautam KhannaHealth CareMumbai
Randstad India Pvt LimitedPaul DupuisProfessional ServicesBangalore
S&P GlobalNilam PatelInformation TechnologyHyderabad
SIS LimitedRituraj SinhaProfessional ServicesDelhi
Skipper LimitedSajan Kumar BansalManufacturing & ProductionKolkata
STL (Sterlite Technologies Limited)Anand AgarwalTelecommunicationsPune
Tata Power Delhi Distribution LimitedGanesh SrinivasanManufacturing & ProductionDelhi
The Federal Bank LimitedShyam SrinivasanFinancial Services & InsuranceErnakulam
Thermo Fisher Scientific India Private LimitedAmit ChopraBiotechnology & PharmaceuticalsMumbai
Ugam, A Merkle CompanySunil MiraniInformation TechnologyMumbai
Ujjivan Small Finance Bank LimitedNitin ChughFinancial Services & InsuranceBangalore
Vaibhav Global LimitedSunil AgrawalManufacturing & ProductionJaipur
VuramVenkatesh RamarathinamInformation TechnologyChennai

Mid-Size Organizations

(In alphabetical order)

OrganizationLeader NameIndustryCityView Profile
A.O.Smith India Water Products Private LimitedParag KulkarniManufacturing & ProductionBangalore
Anudip Foundation for Social WelfareMonisha BanerjeeNon-profit and Charity OrganisationsKolkata
Avanse Financial Services LimitedAmit GaindaFinancial Services & InsuranceMumbai
BRAINVIRE INFOTECH PRIVATE LIMITEDChintan ShahInformation TechnologyMumbai
Brigade Hospitality Services LimitedVineet VermaHospitalityBangalore
DLF Cyber City Developers LimitedSriram KhattarConstruction, Infrastructure & Real EstateGurgaon
East West Seeds India Private LimitedDilip RajanAgriculture, forestry and fishingBangalore
Elektrobit India Private LimitedSatish SundaresanOtherBangalore
Griffith Foods Private LimitedDhiren KanwarManufacturing & ProductionBangalore
Hella India Lighting LimitedRamashankar PandeyManufacturing & ProductionGurgaon
Jagran New Media (MMI Online Limited)Bharat GuptaMediaDelhi
KARL STORZ Endoscopy India Private LimitedDiwaker RanaHealth CareDelhi
Kemin Industries South Asia Private LimitedSureshkumar RManufacturing & ProductionChennai
Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Private LimitedVikramjit RoyConstruction, Infrastructure & Real EstateGurgaon
Mobile CrechesSumitra MishraNon-profit and Charity OrganisationsDelhi
Nabler Web Solutions Private LimitedSeby KallarakalInformation TechnologyBangalore
Nehru World SchoolSusan HolmesEducation & TrainingGhaziabad
Pepe Jeans India LimitedManish KapoorRetailMumbai
Quest AllianceAakash SethiNon-profit and Charity OrganisationsBangalore
Rimini Street India Operations Private LimitedSuryanarayana Raju GadirajuInformation TechnologyHyderabad
SigmoidLokesh AnandInformation TechnologyBangalore
Space Teleinfra Private LimitedSanjay NandrajogTelecommunicationsGurgaon
Triveni Polymers Private LimitedPrakash DhamejaManufacturing & ProductionPanipat
Uniphore Software Systems Private LimitedAnurag VermaInformation TechnologyChennai
ZenotiSudheer KoneruInformation TechnologyHyderabad

Leadership and Great Workplace Cultures

  • Rahul Agrawal


    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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