The ceremony for the "India’s Most Trusted CEOs 2017" awards took place at the Eros hotel in New Delhi, and the award was presented by Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo. Among the other other leaders recognized at the event were State Bank of India’s Arundhati Bhattacharya; Star Network India’s Uday Shankar; Maruti Suzuki’s Kenichi Ayukawa; Manoj Adlakha of American Express; PepsiCo India’s N Shivakumar, and Nestle India’s Suresh Narayanan.
The WCRC, with more than 500 clients across the Asia, is a leading brand equity and research company, and its "Most Trusted CEOs" awards aim to recognize the efforts of company heads who have brought success to their companies, despite a difficult economic climate in the financial year 2016/2017, through an innovative leadership approach, inspiring trust and dedication in their teams.
Gopalakrishnan was shortlisted and extensively interviewed based on his credentials as a leader who has steered his organization to great heights over the last financial year, and is continuing his success thanks to his dynamism and strategy.
Gopalakrishnan believes that an organization’s true assets today are its people and their shared experience. Bata India promotes a cohesive environment, where discussion of issues and plans happens on a platform across departments allowing all members of staff to contribute their ideas, and it was this creative and inclusive approach that led the WCRC to choose Gopalakrishnan as one of its award winners.
Speaking about his award, Gopalakrishnan commented: “I’m extremely humbled to be receiving this award from an organization like WCRC Leaders Asia, on behalf of the entire Bata India team. CEOs cannot exist without their people. With more than eight decades of Bata legacy in India, we are proud to take forward the global vision of being there for our consumers at every step of their lives. This recognition is an immense boost to us, as it recognizes the excellent service and operation of Bata in the Indian footwear fashion industry, and we will only strive to achieve greater heights worthy of awards like these.”