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Sunil Mittal chosen E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year

Our Bureau

New Delhi , Nov. 1

MR Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Enterprises has been chosen `Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2004'.

Mr Mittal will now represent India at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award ceremony to be held in Monte Carlo, Monaco in May 2005. Winners were also selected for awards in several categories based on attributes such as entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, global impact, innovation, personal integrity and influence.

Mr Rahul Bajaj bagged the `Lifetime Achievement Award' for providing strong leadership to Bajaj Auto to make it a world-class two-wheeler manufacturer.

The Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Mr Ashish Dhawan, founder and Senior Managing Director of ChrysCapital, an equity firm.

Mr Habil F. Khorakiwala of Wockhardt was named winner in the `Healthcare and Life Sciences' category.

In the `Information, Communication and Entertainment (ICE)' category, the award winner was Mr Kalanidhi Maran of Sun TV, while the winner in the `Services' category was Dr Ramdas M. Pai of the Manipal Education & Medical group.

The `Manager Entrepreneur of the Year' award was bagged by the ONGC Chairman and Managing Director, Mr Subir Raha, while the award in the `Manufacturing' category went to Mr Narottam Sekhsaria of Gujarat Ambuja Cement.

Commenting on the selection of the award winners, Mr Rajiv Memani, CEO and Country Managing Partner, Ernst & Young India, said: "Each one of the winners has built businesses with immense passion, explored uncharted territories, created jobs and added vibrancy to the economy. The Entrepreneur of the Year award is our way of recognising these exemplary and inspiring individuals.

Also present at the occasion were a large number of the country's top industrialists, professionals and senior bureaucrats.

They included Mr N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies, who was Chairman of the awards' jury, and Mr Paul J. Ostling, COO of Ernst & Young Global.

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