16 June, 2021

Our Great Captains

Now, that we at Outlook have done the list of 50 all-time greats, we want to make it an annual feature to list out the 50 most important contemporary CEOs.

Our Great Captains

When Ratan Tata fought Cyrus Mistry, the city was awash with stories on who is right and who is wrong and why. In most cases there was no need to read the story; one look at the byline was enough to reveal the corporate lobbyist and his lurking client. Outlook was also offered some small scenes of the intriguing boardroom drama. But as a political journalist, I had no means to independently verify the business mystery, nor do I ever swallow an unsolicited scoop of dessert or news. But the big corporate duel made me wonder: who is a better leader? Tata or Mistry? And that triggered a bigger question: who are the greatest leaders of post-independence Indian industry and business? We at Outlook wanted a credible, independent and unbiased list. So, we brought in a jury of eminent economists and business writers. Omkar Goswami and Sanjaya Baru are trained economists, authors and business editors, and R. Jagannathan is a widely admired senior business and political editor. Incidentally, between these three members, various shades of mainstream political opinions too...

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