New Delhi (India), October 3: Down the ages in the chronicles of human history, the wisdom of the leader remains as strong as ever. In some cultures, even today, we turn to mystical figures like shamans for solutions, no matter how improbable it might seem since we approach it from a place of belief in their ability to deliver at all times. Leaders remain talismanic figures at the heart of the modern-day culture, and Team Marksmen Network’s Influential Leaders of India 2023 focused on decoding the nature of leadership and celebrating those who have made a difference for industry and society alike.

The event, held on 27th September 2023 in Mumbai, delved deep into the minds of leaders and mulled such topics as the nature of new-age leadership, how startups must think outside the valuation box, the criticality of leading with purpose, integrity, and empathy; and how to set about building high-performance teams that remain resilient in the face of adversity.

This exclusive platform saw an array of industry experts and visionaries take the stage to offer diverse perspectives, which included Dr. Kiran Bedi, IPS (Retd), Former Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry; Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD, upGrad; Vikram Gupta, Founder, and Managing Partner, IvyCap Ventures Advisors Pvt Ltd., Deep Narayan Mukherjee, Partner & Associate Director, BCG; Mainak Dhar, Bestselling Author and VP & Managing Director, Kimberly-Clark South Asia; Rohit Pathak, CEO, Birla Copper (Hindalco); Satish Sundaresan, VP- Global Strategy and Managing Director, Elektrobit India; Sebi Joseph, President, Otis India; Suresh Kalra, President Asia and Managing Director – India, hubergroup; Saurabh Chandra, Managing Director, BCG Platinion; and Kishore Kumar Poludasu, Managing Director & CEO, SBI General Insurance.

The event was also witness to an exclusive recognition ceremony that lauded the accomplishments of the Influential Leaders of India 2023. Rather than simply treading their way through possibilities and complexities and accepting it as it is, these leaders have broadened their approach, experimenting with a view to realising potentially outsized payoffs. The felicitation ceremony deservedly put these captains of industry in the spotlight and showcased their achievements to a gathering of industry experts. This unique research-based initiative was shaped by insights gleaned from an industry-wide consumer study conducted by LeadCap Ventures.

Those recognised in a glittering recognition ceremony included:

    • Ajay Khanna, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Herbalife

    • Anil Bhatia, Vice President and Managing Director, Emerson India

    • Ashok Kumar Todi, Chairman, Lux Industries

    • Chander Agarwal, Managing Director, TCI Express

    • Deepak Dhar, Founder & Group CEO – Banijay Asia & Endemol Shine India

    • Dr. Om Manchanda, Managing Director, Dr Lal PathLabs

    • G Raghavan, Managing Director, Kaer

    • Kishore Kumar Poludasu, MD & CEO, SBI General Insurance

    • Mahendra Shah, Chairman & MD, V-Trans (India) Limited

    • Mahesh Kumar Agrawal, CEO & Co-Founder, Areteans

    • Mainak Dhar, Bestselling Author and VP & Managing Director, Kimberly-Clark South Asia

    • Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD, upGrad

    • Pritish Chatterjee, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Savera Auto Comps Pvt Ltd

    • Pulkit Seth, Vice Chairman, Pearl Global Industries Ltd

    • Rajendra Agarwal, Managing Director & Mentor, Donear Group – India’s leading Lifestyle & Fashion House

    • Rakesh Bhutoria, Managing Director & Investment Committee Member, BanyanTree Private Equity

    • Rohit Pathak, CEO, Birla Copper (Hindalco)

    • Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director, NICE

    • Sanjeev Rao, CEO, Being Human Clothing

    • Sarita Das, Co-Founder & Director, 3SC Solutions

    • Satish Sundaresan, VP – Global Strategy and Managing Director, Elektrobit India

    • Saurabh Chandra, Managing Director, BCG Platinion

    • Sebi Joseph, President, Otis India

    • Sriram Natarajan, President, Quinte Financial Technologies Inc.

    • Supriya Badve, Executive Director, Belrise Industries Limited

    • Suresh Kalra, President Asia and Managing Director – India, hubergroup

    • Vikram Gupta, Founder, and Managing Partner, IvyCap Ventures Advisors

Sharing his thoughts at the commencement of the ceremony, Rajesh Khubchandani, Co-Founder and CEO of Team Marksmen Network, said, “While leaders might be born, the art of leadership can be honed. Watching the Influential Leaders of India 2023 take the stage, I realised that if we demonstrate the courage to try new, unexpected moves, we can start to make a difference in our lives and that of others. Even the most incremental shifts can have unexpected ripple effects that are felt down the line. So think big, even if you start small, and in time, you too can have made an outsized difference to industry and society.”

This industry-centric platform was conceptualised and executed by Team Marksmen, who leverage an array of formats, such as Roundtables, Summits and conferences, Workshops, and Recognition Ceremonies; the organisation empowers industry leaders by providing them with insights, ideas, and opportunities that fit their unique industry and context.

Team Marksmen has successfully executed more than 40+ events with 500+ domestic and international B2B and B2C brands, helping businesses across industries create opportunities to engage audiences through on-ground and virtual experiences.

Through content shared via its flagship daily news website, Marksmen Daily, and quarterly print magazine ‘in Focus’ focused on business, leadership, and lifestyle, they help advance the practice of management.

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