Maruti Suzuki MD Kenichi Ayukawa Awarded ‘Best CEO – Multinational Company’ at FILA 2016
MSIL MD K Ayukawa (R) receives 'Best CEO - Multinational Company' from Noshir Kaka, MD McKinsey India (L) and Manish Sabharwal, Chairman & Co-founder Teamlease (centre) at FILA 2016. (Photo: MSIL)
Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, was awarded ‘Best CEO – Multinational Company’ at Forbes India Leadership Awards (FILA) 2016 in Mumbai.
Ayukawa was selected for steering Maruti Suzuki towards the “next phase of sustainable growth” and driving “deep-rooted changes in the organisation”. The jury recognised his achievements as a CEO which included adaptability to change, vision for India, strategic approach, and innovative thinking.
The jury was chaired by Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd. and included Sanjay Nayar, CEO, KKR India; Noshir Kaka, Managing Director, McKinsey India; Zia Mody, Managing Partner, AZB & Partners; Roopa Kudva, Managing Director, Omidyar Network and Manish Sabharwal, Chairman & Co-Founder, TeamLease Services.
Ayukawa, who earlier served in the US, Japan and Pakistan, took over as MD & CEO of Maruti Suzuki in 2013. In recent years, the Company has launched highly successful models like Baleno, Brezza, Ciaz, Celerio and S Cross. It has also redefined the car buying experience and attracted new categories of customers through its new channel, NEXA.
Maruti Suzuki has also scaled up its social initiatives, doubling its CSR spend last year. The Company follows an integrated approach to rural health and sanitation, building sewer systems, household toilets and waste management processes. It is working to improve retention and learning levels in schools, including improvement in infrastructure. Its efforts in skill development and driver training efforts benefit several thousand youths through enhanced employability, besides making roads safe.