HDFC Bank Managing Director Aditya Puri is the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2008 (Business category). Given in six categories - Politics, Sports, Business, Entertainment, Public Service, and Global Indian - these awards “recognize, celebrate and honour Indians who have contributed to our country and in turn have strengthened our society and contributed to building Brand India in 2008”, says the official CNN-IBN website.
”This year's awards are even more significant as they personify the undying spirit of a billion free Indian minds, in the wake of terror, natural disaster and economic challenges," the website adds.
Each category had six nominees. Mssrs Ratan Tata, Baba Kalyani, C.B.Bhave (SEBI), S.Ramadorai (TCS) and Uday Kotak (Kotak Group) were the other nominees in the Business category.
Mr. Puri won, as CNN IBN puts it, for “steering HDFC Bank well in a tough time, ensuring growth without taking risks and leveraging his customer-base well.”
The winners in the other five categories are Nitish Kumar (Politics), Abhinav Bindra (Sports), Aamir Khan (Entertainment), G. Madhavan Nair & Team Chandrayaan (Public Service) and A.R. Rahman (Global Indian).
In December 2008, leading financial daily Business Standard declared Mr.Puri as Banker of the Year (2008) for successfully leading his bank in tough times.