Delivers Anantharamakrishnan Memorial Lecture

The 19th MMA – Amalgamations Business Leadership Award was conferred on Mr. Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Ltd., in recognition of his ability to build a business with impeccable integrity and uncompromising ethics, transforming Wipro into a global IT powerhouse, putting India on the world map as a software nation, being a true nation builder and making an outstanding contribution to business, industry and society. Mr. A. Krishnamoorthy, Chairman, The Amalgamations Group, presented the award and the citation amidst a power­packed congregation of top industry leaders.

Mr. A. Venkataramani, President – MMA, and Managing Director – IP Rings Ltd., welcomed the gathering and highlighted MMA’s activities and its future roadmap.

Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman, Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd. (TAFE), emphasized the pioneering role played by nation builders like S. Anantharamakrishnan in building an industrial India, outlined the objectives and legacy of the MMA – Amalgamations Business Leadership Award, the importance of ethics and values in modelling institutions of excellence, and the exemplary life of Mr. Azim Premji.

Mr. A. Krishnamoorthy read the citation and conferred Mr. Azim Premji with the MMA – Amalgamations Business Leadership Award 2019. He touched upon Mr. Premji’s journey from a business leader to a people’s leader, his selfless philanthropy and efforts in building the India of today.

Mr. N. Vaghul, Former Chairman – ICICI Bank Ltd., and Mr. Vikram S. Kirloskar, Chairman & Managing Director, Kirloskar Systems Ltd., shared experiences and anecdotes on Mr. Azim Premji’s entrepreneurial spirit that changed the fortunes of Wipro from an edible oil producer to a tech giant, and the significant role he played in transforming the IT industry.

The MMA – Amalgamations Business Leadership Award was instituted in 1969 by the late A. Sivasailam, former Chairman, The Amalgamations Group, in memory of his father, the late S. Anantharamakrishnan, an illustrious leader and a great visionary, who laid the foundation of The Amalgamations Group, one of India’s largest light engineering conglomerates. Anantharamakrishnan was also the Founder and Past President of the Madras Management Association (MMA). The award aims to recognize and honour those who have set glorious examples of outstanding leadership in business, both at personal and institutional levels. It is presented to an Indian business leader adjudged as outstanding by a panel of eminent jurors.

The selection committee for the 2019 awards was headed by Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons Ltd., constituting Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, former Chairman, State Bank of India, Mr. M. M. Murugappan, Executive Chairman, Murugappa Group, Mr. R. Seshasayee, Vice Chairman, Hinduja Group, and Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, The Hero Enterprise, as committee members who unanimously chose Mr. Azim Premji for the much coveted honor.

The program concluded with the Anantharamakrishnan Memorial Lecture delivered by Mr. Azim Premji and his insightful and enriching talk on ‘Leading a young and digital India.’