Top 20 Indian Corporate thought leaders!


There is no doubt that power is shifting to from West to Asia with China and India being in the fore-front. Indian and Chinese economies were the saving grace during the recession period (Europe is still reeling under that). Asian conglomerates are topping charts globaly when it comes to growth numbers.

TLG Globescan

According to the latest TLG’s index of emerging market ‘Thought Leaders’, 16 of the top twenty brands were indigenous Indian firms. The index jointly released by Globescan along with TLG was based on inputs given by senior execs, newspaper editors & Government ministers – They were asked about the brands with power to change the attitudes and behaviour of consumers, employees or politicians positively.

Top 20 Indian Thought Leaders Ranking

1. Infosys Technologies 11. Hero-Honda Motors
2. Tata Group 12. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
3. Google India 13. Bharti Airtel Limited
4. Maruti-Suzuki 14. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
5. Larsen & Toubro 15. Aditya-Birla Group
6. Nokia 16. The Oberoi Group
7. State Bank of India 17. HDFC Bank
8. Facebook 18. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
9. Hindustan-Unilever 19. Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited
10. Mahindra 20. Hyundai Motor India Limited

It is interesting to note that Out of top 10, only 3 companies are not Indian companies. While UK & US Thought Leader index are dominated by Technology companies, Indian list has mix of Auto, Manufacturing, FMCG & technology.

Here are the key findings as put across by the TLG Index

  • Western brands need to watch out. Self-confident Indians place seven local champions in their Top 10. (UK index had just four indigenous British brands.)
  • Index leaders have successfully penetrated Western markets. Infosys (No 1) and Tata (No 2) are both true global corporations, with significant investments in US and UK.
  • Top-rated brands exploit high value sectors previously dominated by the West. Infosys develops 3D phone screens. Tata makes Jaguar / Land Rovers.
  • Indians value engineering and construction. In India, civil engineering giant Larsen & Toubro comes 5th. By contrast, US and UK dominated by tech and consumer brands.
  • Apple fails to crack India. The tech giant topped both US and UK indices, but slumps to 40th in India.

The last particular point is quite interesting – While Apple topped in both western markets, it is placed very lowly in India and it is obvious why – Apple has made India a dumping ground for its products. Probably, in longer run, Apple will regret not giving Indian consumers enough importance.

What do you think?

  1. Naveen Kumar Sanagala says

    I think GMR Group has to be in the list… even though its not about ranking n all…

  2. Facility Management says

    That is really a great achievement. India during recession has shown that what a stable economy we have. Also studies shows that the economy growth rate of India is higher than China which is really a good news. Now the only thing which needed to be done for making Indian economy really strong is the evolution of small businesses.

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