Registrations open for Great Manager Awards Ceremony till 17th December, 2021

What is Great Manager Awards?

Helping organizations create real competitive advantage through its managers. The vision of Great Manager Awards is to build an ecosystem of Great Managers in the country.

Every year we recognize, identify, and reward organizations with "Great Managers" in India.

Awards Categories

Companies with Great Managers

Participating organization will select a group of managers to be nominated. The direct reports of the managers will go through a survey.

The aggregate score of all the respondents will be the aggregate score for the organization. The companies with the highest aggregate scores will be declared as the “Companies with Great Managers”

Great Managers

The managers nominated by the organizations will be assessed on the key managerial criteria based on R-OPTI model and the team members of the managers will provide feedback for the manager through a survey.

Post survey, the shortlisted managers will undergo a 1:1 interview with the advisory panel.

T A Pai Young HR Leaders

The ‘T. A. Pai Young HR Leaders’ is an award to recognize and honor HR leaders in the country.

The award highlights and brings to the fore, innovations and industry leading people practices, the impact of which is not just limited to organizations but also on the society and the profession at large.

Our Journey So Far

Companies Recognized
Managers Recognized
Young HR Leaders Recognized
Managers Assessed
Employee Datapoints

Application Process

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T A Pai Young HR Leader Awards

Application Process for Great Manager Awards



Confirm participation and number of managers to be nominated based on the employee strength of the organization


Data Submission

Submission of manager and team members basic details in the suggested format



Organizations to communicate the ongoing study internally. Great Manager Awards team to provide relevant guidelines


Survey Initiation & Support

Launch of online GMA survey for 2021 to team members of nominated managers


Shortlisting & Interview

Shortlisted managers based on the survey score will be interviewed by a member of the advisory panel


Award Ceremony

Winning Organizations & Managers will be recognized at the Great Manager Awards ceremony and other exclusive events



The organization and each nominated manager to receive a personalized scorecard detailing the feedback, best practices, benchmarks with the best

Application Process for T A Pai Young HR Leader Awards



Sign up for the Young HR Leader Awards 2021


Application Submission

Sharing of recent best practices/initiatives which led to business impact



Applicant to provide reference details of either reporting manager or CHRO


Shortlisting & Interview

Shortlisting of leaders based on the application form and feedback from reference. Selected leaders will be interviewed by an advisory panel


Award Ceremony

Winning Leaders will be recognized at the Great Manager Awards Ceremony


Young HR Leader Club

HR Leaders to be part of exclusive group to be recognized in future events and conferences

Advisory Panel 2021

Great Manager Awards
T A Pai Young HR Leader Awards

CEO Jury Panel - Great Manager Awards 2021

Mervyn Raphael

Managing Partner

People Business

Sandeep Krishnan

Chief Operating Officer

People Business

Rahul Mahajan

Country Lead

People Business

Amit Malik

Managing Director and CEO

Aviva India

Ankit Nagori

Chief Executive Officer


Anup Rau

Managing Director and CEO

Future Generali India Insurance Company Limited

Ashish Khanna

Managing Director & CEO

Tata Power Solar Systems

Ashish Pipaliya

Chief Business Officer

Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited

Atul Edlabadkar

Vice President – R&D & Chennai Site Leader

Genesys Telecom Labs India Pvt. Ltd

Dalip Sehgal

Chief Executive Officer

Nexus Malls

Dr. Sushil Kumar Chaturvedi

Group Chief Executive Officer

Ascend Telecom Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd

Egbert Schram

Group CEO

Hofstede Insights

Farah Malik Bhanji

Managing Director and CEO

Metro Brands Limited

Hemant Watve

Managing Director and CEO

Wilo Mather and Platt Pumps Private Limited

Jagdish Mitra

Chief Startegy Officer and Head of Growth

Tech Mahindra Limited

Kapil Agrawal

Chief Executive Officer

Aditya Bira Yarn

Ketan Doshi

Managing Director

Pay Point Network Pvt Ltd

Manish Kapoor

Chief Executive Officer

Pepe Jeans

Marzin R Shroff

Managing Director and CEO

Eureka Forbes Ltd

Meher Pudumjee


Thermax India

Pankaj Arora

Managing Director and CEO

Raheja QBE General Insurance Company Limited

Pankaj Poddar

Chief Executive Officer


Parag Satpute

Managing Director

Bridgestone India Private Limited

Prakash Chandra Kandpal

Managing Director and CEO

SBI General Insurance

Pratik Kumar

Chief Executive Officer

Wipro Infrastructure Engineering Ltd

Rahul Sharma

Dy. Chief Executive Officer

Vedanta Limited -Aluminium Business

Ravi Valecha

Chief Executive Officer

India Factoring and Finance Solutions Private Limited

Rohit Pathak

Chief Executive Officer

Aditya Birla Insulators and Aditya Birla Power Composite Ltd.

Sandeep Singh

Managing Director

Tata Hitachi

Sangeeta Pendurkar

Chief Executive Officer

Pantaloons and Jaypore

Sanjay Kaul

President - Asia Pacific & Japan, Service Provider Business

Cisco Systems Inc.

Sathya Murthy

Managing Director

Kewaunee Internation Group

Sharad Heda

Chief Executive Officer

Microland Limited

Sidharth Malik

Chief Revenue Officer

Freshworks Inc.

Sunil Goyal

Dy. Chief Executive Officer

Sopra Steria India

Vikram Handa

Managing Director

Epsilon Carbon Pvt Ltd

Vipul Sabharwal

Managing Director

Luminous Power Technologies (P) Ltd.

Vishak Kumar

Chief Executive Officer

Madura Fashion & Lifestyle

Yogesh Bellani

Chief Executive Officer

Field Fresh Food Private Limited

Payal Nanjiani

Chief Executive Officer

Success Within Leadership

Rajesh Mohata

CEO & Executive Director

JSL Lifestyle

Amit Gainda

Chief Executive Officer

Avanse Financial Services Limited

Chetan Garga

Managing Director

Allstate Solution

Manoj Madhavan

Managing Director, India

Boston Scientific

Sandeep Bhargava

CEO & Co-Founder


Roopam Asthana

CEO and Whole Time Director

Liberty General Insurance Limited

Sandeep Dua

Chief Executive Officer

Entrust Global

Jayant Paleti



Vijayshankar Ananthanarayanan

Vice President and Global Head - Transformation


Himanshu Kumar

Director - Customer Success


Serge De Vos

Managing Director GCC & Global Operations Head


Panelists of T A Pai Young HR Leader Awards 2021

Abhay K Srivastava

Chief Human Resources officer

IKS Health

Ajay Chowdhury

President and CHRO

SRF Limited

Anupam Trehan

Head - People & Communities (India & SAARC)

Cisco Systems

Dipak Roy

People Director

DP World

Ganesh Subramanian

Chief Human Resources Officer

More Retail Private Limited

Harjeet Khanduja

Vice President- HR

Reliance Jio

K S Bakshi

Group Head- HR

Interglobe Enterprises

Krishna Raghavan

Chief People Officer


Madhavi Lall

Managing Director & Head - HR

Deutsche Bank

Manas Martha

Vice President & Chief of HR

TTK Prestige Ltd

Milind Apte

Senior Vice President- HR

Ceat Tyres Limited

Nanda Rackanchath

Chief Human Resources Officer

Tata Chemicals

Paneesh Rao



Pramod Chandrasekhar

Global Head - People Function Strategy & Controlling


Praveen Purohit

Deputy Group CHRO

Vedanta Resources Limited

Rachna Mukherjee

Chief Human Resources Officer, Greater India

Schnieder Electric

Ravi Kyran

CHRO, President - HR

Bajaj Auto Ltd

Ruchira Bhardwaja

Chief Human Resources Officer

Kotak Life Insurance

Sanjay Kavathalkar

Vice President- HR

Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd

Sidhartha Ghosh

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Adani Wilmar Limited

Simin Askari

Vice President - Corporate Human Resources & Business Excellence

DS Group

Shraddhanjali Rao

Vice President & Head HR

SAP, India

Sudeep Kumar Dev

Vice President Human Resources

Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicle Limited

Suvamoy Roy Choudhary

Chief Human Resources Officer

Vodafone Idea Limited

Syed Azfar Hussain

Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Bajaj Finserv

Udbhav Ganjoo

Head HR - Global Operations, India, Emerging Asia and Access Markets


Yuvaraj Srivastava

Group Chief Human Resource Officer



Vice President & Head - Corporate Human Resources

Larsen & Toubro

Srikant Lonikar

Whole Time Director and CHRO

Pernod Ricard South Asia, Gulf and India

Ravi Kumar

People & Culture Senior Leader, India, Middle East & Africa

Roche Diabetes Care Global Commercial Organization

Manoj Sharma

Chief Human Resource Officer

Aarti Industries Ltd

Thiru A Thirunavukkarasu

Chief Human Resource Officer

Hatsun Agro Products Ltd.

Great Manager Awards 2020 - Highlights

Key Speakers 2020

N. R. Narayana Murthy
CP Gurnani
Vineet Nayar
Harshvendra Soin
Himanshu Rai
Jayant Paleti
Krishnamurthy Shankar
Madhu Veeraraghavan
Raj Raghavan
Rishikesha T Krishnan
Sandeep Chaudhary
Santrupt Misra
S Venkatesh

Highlights of the Awards

Panel Discussion with Top Industry Leaders

Top 20 Companies with Great Managers Recognized

Top 50 Great Managers Recognized

Top 25 Young HR Leaders Recognized

4 HR Lifetime Achievers Recognized

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