Ever thought of a solar system without a Sun? A tree without roots or a cricket team without a captain? Similar is the worth of a CEO for a company. And perhaps, CEO is getting redefined in the 21st century.
That’s what the recent buzz around India’s most loved CEO compelled me to think. It can be anyone from any field who has stood apart in his performance and given a matchless performance. In true sense, all the successful people who have nurtured themselves and achieved the highest level of performance are real CEOs.
For me, Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, one of the iconic business leaders today, is the most loved CEO as he has left a monumental impact upon the global business arena with his stellar skills and performance. Leaders like Deveshwar exhibit magnificence of incomparable dimension that distinguishes them from others. He has been ranked as the Best Performing CEO in India and 7th in the world by Harvard Business Review. He has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan as well.
YC Deveshwar, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School, is the longest-serving CEO in India. Under his leadership, ITC has evolved into a diversified multi-business conglomerate bringing forth pioneering business models across the country. Having served the company for over 20 years as its CEO, Deveshwar is planning to terminate his 47-year long association with ITC and retire in 2017. He wishes to pave way for young minds who can succeed him and take ITC to greater heights.
Besides being the bellwether of the Indian IT industry, Deveshwar has won acclamation worldwide for his vision to integrate manifold objectives into a single entity and acquire the ultimate feat. Following his ideas and strategies, ITC today stands as the only company today in the world that is carbon positive, water positive as well as waste recycling positive. Additionally, his initiatives, for instance ITC e-Choupal, have made an extraordinary contribution to the agrarian economy in India. It is the world’s largest rural digital infrastructure that has empowered more than 4 million farmers across 40,000 villages.
An inspiration for all, most loved CEOs like Deveshwar, illustrate unfeigned efforts to deliver spot-on resolutions and achieve the target. Even when pitchforked into a battlefield, they think beyond to fight and conquer the competitive landscape. So, yes for all the buzz, I think YC Deveshwar is the most deserving nominee for India’s most loved CEOs.