Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, was awarded ‘Best CEO – Multinational Company’ award at Forbes India Leadership Awards (FILA) 2016 in Mumbai. Kenichi Ayukawa was appointed as the MD and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India Limited to drive the company towards the ‘next phase of sustainable growth’ and to make ‘deep-rooted changes in the organization’. The jury recognized his achievements as the CEO of the company which includes adaptability to change, vision for India, strategic approach and innovative thinking. The jury was chaired by Harsh Mariwala, Chairman of Marico Ltd., Sanjay Nayar, CEO of KKR India, Noshir Kaka, Managing Director of McKinsey India, Zia Mody, Managing Partner at AZB & Partners, Roopa Kudva, Managing Director of Omidyar Network and Manish Sabharwal, Chairman and Co-Founder of TeamLease Services. Read more on CEOs
Ayukawa, had earlier served in the US, Japan and Pakistan. He took over as MD & CEO of Maruti Suzuki in the year, 2013 and since then has contributed immensely to the growth of the company. In recent years, Maruti Suzuki has launched highly successful models like Baleno, Brezza, Ciaz, Celerio and S Cross. It has also redefined car buying experience and has attracted new categories of customers through its new channel, Nexa.
Maruti Suzuki has also taken up social initiatives in India on a larger scale. It had doubled its CSR spend last year. The company has contributed to rural health and sanitation in India. It has built sewer systems, household toilets and implemented new and efficient waste management processes. It is working to improve retention and learning levels in schools across India and also the infrastructure in India. It has also put in efforts to increase the skill development across the country, especially in the domain of driving skills to increase the employability of youths in the country besides making the roads of India safer.
Kenichi Ayukawa has shown extraordinary skills and adaptability in driving the growth of Maruti Suzuki India Limited. Under his leadership, Maruti Suzuki has launched several successful models like Alto K10, Celerio, Wagon R Stingray and Ritz besides making immense contributions to improving India’s sanitation, quality of education and youths’ skill sets and employability. These acts show the diversity, value and selflessness of the company. Kenichi Ayukawa is a well – deserved recipient of the ‘Best CEO – Multinational Company’ award. His performance is extraordinary and we can only imagine how much further the company will grow under his leadership. Maruti Suzuki as well as Kenichi Ayukawa should also get government rewards and promotions for their selfless contributions to the various sectors in India. Read more on Startup News