Patrons 2012

It came out of nowhere and, in just over a decade, has gone on to become India’s best-known telecommunications giant, with mobile, landline, broadband and DTH services, among others. Today, when you make a call, surf the internet or click on your TV remote, chances are you’re engaging with Airtel in some way. With operations in a host of countries across Asia and Africa, and a relentless vision to be the best, Airtel dominates the telecommunications space in India, yet won’t settle for success by numbers alone. Set up by brothers Sunil Bharti Mittal and Rajan Bharti Mittal, acknowledged as visionary business leaders second to none in the Indian corporate arena, Airtel is testimony to their pioneering spirit. The company’s ambitious vision: to be the most loved brand by 2015, means putting the customer at the heart of what they do, and building meaningful relationships with their dramatically varied customer base across India. With an iconic jingle created by musical maestro A R Rahman and a memorable series of ad campaigns – including the wildly popular Har Ek Friend Zaroori Hota Hai campaign – Airtel is certainly well on its way to achieving that goal.
Twitter: @airtel_presence

One of India’s oldest and best-respected corporate houses, Essar is pretty much everywhere—from the service sector to commodities and more. Founded in 1969 by brothers Shashi and Ravi Ruia, the entrepreneurial spirit that was a cornerstone of their founding is evident even today, in their constant quest for innovation, and foray into new businesses to stay one step ahead of the competition. A conscious blend of family values and professional outlook has ensured that Essar stays relevant and ahead of the curve in a challenging business environment.
Twitter: @essargroup


Mahindra is a company that builds three things: products, services and possibilities. Outwardly one company, in reality it is many companies united by a common purpose – to enable people to Rise. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, tractors, and vacation ownership. The company also has a growing presence in the automotive industry, aerospace, aftermarket, components, consulting services, defense, energy, financial services, logistics, real estate, retail, and two wheelers. A US $15.4 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra is a team of more than 144,000 people in over 100 countries
Twitter: @MahindraRise


It started out as a gourmet food emporium in Aberdeen but Chivas has, since then, gone on to become arguably the world’s most celebrated blended Scotch whisky. Housed in Speyside, Scotland, Chivas has an unparalleled lineage, including, in 1843, a Royal Warrant to supply goods to Queen Victoria. Today, Chivas exemplifies the best of tradition with cutting-edge innovation: the brand recently tied up with Dame Vivienne Westwood to create a stunning limited edition version of Chivas Regal 18-year-old that looks set to become a contemporary classic. But you don’t need to look at Scottish shores to get a taste of the good life – Chivas is arguably India’s favourite Scotch blend, found in every home or restaurant bar worth the name.
Twitter: @chivasindia

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) was conceived with a vision to make India self-reliant in the manufacture of power plant equipment and to change the face of industrial development in India. Today, BHEL is the largest engineering enterprise of its kind in India and one of the foremost companies in the international power arena.

The company’s contribution has today crossed 1,25,000 MW in installed capacity, covering both domestic and export markets. In fact, three out of every four homes in India are lit up with power generated by BHEL equipment. Indeed, BHEL has not only lived up to its original mandate but far surpassed its original expectations.

BHEL has become an icon of an incredible success story and is today a multi-product company offering over 180 state-of-the-art products under one umbrella. While the core competence of BHEL is in the power sector, it has established the technological infrastructure to cater to core sectors like; Industry, Transportation, Transmission, Oil & Gas, Defence and Renewable Energy. Its diverse manufacturing base supported by contemporary and unique manufacturing facilities gives it a competitive edge. In financial year 2011-12, the company registered a record turnover of Rs.49,510 Crore and an all time high net profit of Rs.7,040 Crore, maintain its uninterrupted track record of profitability since 1971-72.

BHEL has also carved a niche for itself in the global market, having marked its presence in all the six continents of the world. The company is truly India’s industrial ambassador to the world, having supplied products, services and projects to more than 70 countries, from the United States in the West to New Zealand in the Far East.

JSW Group is a part of the USD 16.5 billion O. P. Jindal Group. Under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Sajjan Jindal, JSW Group has grown into a USD 10 billion conglomerate with interests across various core economic sectors – Steel, Energy, Cement, Aluminium, Natural Resources, Maritime Infrastructure and IT. In a short span of time, JSW has become India’s largest integrated private sector steel manufacturer. It is striving to become leading player in every business that it operates.

JSW Group is building business in a sustainable manner. The Group believes that inclusive growth is not a destination but a journey facilitated by progressive engagement of all stakeholders. With a strong focus on state-of-the-art technology, process innovation and nurturing environment, it is relentlessly working towards building communities around it.

Incorporated in 1969, United Phosphorus Limited (UPL)is a leading global producer of crop protection chemicals, intermediates, speciality chemicals and other industrial chemicals. UPL has made its presence felt across value-added agricultural inputs ranging from seeds to crop protection and post-harvest activities.

With a turnover exceeding Rs. 8,000 crore, the business growth of the Company is supported by strategically located subsidiaries and spreads across all continents. UPL has a customer base in 86 countries, making it a global player of crop protection products in the world. With a focus on spreading its wings across the world, UPL continues to infuse technologies into the global companies which it acquires, while not losing sight on responsive care to environmental protection. Corporate Governance, Good Manufacturing Practices and an established Worldwide Marketing Network.

With its own subsidiary offices all over the world, UPL is perceived as a socially responsible organisation and highly successful enterprise. This positive perception has placed the Company amongst the best corporate conglomerates in the world.

STAR India has defined India’s broadcast space for the last two decades and is today one of the leading, pan India, media and entertainment conglomerates.

STAR India broadcasts close to forty channels in eight languages to more than 400 million viewers every week across India and 100 other countries. Its channel portfolio includes Star Gold, Channel [V], Star Jalsha, Star Pravah, Star World, Star Movies, Star Utsav, Life OK, Movies OK and Star Plus, India’s No. 1, General Entertainment Channel. STAR India also has leading presence in regional broadcasting through a bouquet of joint venture channels i.e., Asianet channels and Star Vijay.

Star India is a fully owned subsidiary of News Corporation.

It has just been over a year since Hero MotoCorp Ltd (formerly Hero Honda Motors Ltd), embarked on its solo journey and the company is already setting new benchmarks in the Indian domestic market, even as it is set to begin its foray into new international markets.

Hero MotoCorp two-wheelers are manufactured in its three globally benchmarked manufacturing facilities. Two of these are based in the northern Indian state of Haryana – at Dharuhera and Gurgaon. The third state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is at Haridwar, in the hill state of Uttrakhand.

The company recently announced its plans to set up two new manufacturing plants, one in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan and the other in the western state of Gujarat. With this expansion, the total installed capacity of the company would be touching more than nine million units in two years’ time – which is in line with the stated objective of reaching 10 million units in the next five years.

HMCL has also announced its plans to set up a state-of-the-art Integrated R&D Centre in Rajasthan, which will be the largest two-wheeler R&D centre in India.

Even in the midst of a highly-competitive market in India, Hero MotoCorp’s market share in the domestic motorcycle market in the country remains well over 50 per cent. Hero MotoCorp sold over 6.2 million two-wheelers in the financial year 2011-12.

Early this year, Hero MotoCorp forged alliances with the US-based Erik Buell Racing (EBR) and Austria-based AVL to further enhance its in-house R&D capabilities and engine technologies. Through the strategic partnership with EBR, Hero MotoCorp also made its debut in the exciting world of international motorcycle racing, by participating at the AMA Pro Racing National Guard Superbikes Championship in the US.

Hero MotoCorp also recently roped in the renowned Italian two-wheeler design firm “Engines Engineering” to partner with it in bringing HMCL’s next-generation product line-up. The Bologna-based firm will impart technological know-how in terms of superior designing for the future products to be launched by HMCL.

Hero, which has more than two decades of association with cricket, has been one of the Partners of the path-breaking Indian Premier League (IPL)Twenty20 tournament. Hero MotoCorp is also the Team Sponsor of top IPL team Mumbai Indians. Well-known cricketers such as VirenderSehwag and Suresh Raina are the brand ambassadors of Hero MotoCorp.

Hero MotoCorp is one of the Main Global Partners of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The company also hosts the annual Hero Indian Open Golf tournament with participation from international marquee players. Hero has been sponsoring the men’s Indian Open since 2006 and the Women’s Indian Open since 2010.

HMCL is also committed to the promotion of Golf in the country, hosting the annual Hero Indian Open Golf tournament with participation from international marquee players. Hero MotoCorp has recently signed on three emerging Indian professional golfers – AnirbanLahiri, Shiv Kapur and GaganjeetBhullar. The company also recently signed on Sharmila Nicollet, the top woman professional in India.

Ace shooter and Athens Olympic silver medalist Lt. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has also been one of the brand ambassadors of the Company.

Hero MotoCorp was a Partner of the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 and Presenting Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).The company was also the Title Sponsor of International Hockey’s showcase event – the Hero Honda FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2010, held in New Delhi.