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Narayanamurthy best biz boss

The Infosys chief was popular among 42 per cent of 545 students from 13 top notch business schools, including IIMs.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 16:49 IST

Software major Infosys Technologies chief mentor NR Narayanamurthy has, for the fifth year running, emerged the most admired business leader of India among business schools across the country.

The study conducted by Brand-comm a leading Brand Consulting, Advertising and PR firm also found Infosys to be the most attractive company.

Narayanamurthy was popular among 42 per cent of 545 students from 13 top notch business schools, including IIMs, with the next best being Ratan Tata who was way behind with 9 per cent.

Breaking into the top notch ten business leaders this year was UB Group head Vijay Mallya.

Perhaps, the popularity of the Kingfisher Airlines had been boosting him to the top position from nowhere, Ramanuham Sridhar, CEO of Brand Comm told newsmen in Bangalore on Friday.

Narayanamurthy was admired by business school students for being a socially responsible individual and was being look up as a leader who was honest and passionate about his work.

The clarity and consistency in Narayanamurthy's personal branding and positioning seem to have been highly effective for the last five years, the study revealed.
 
Sridhar said the changing face of Indian economy seems to have triggered the entry of a whole new set of business leaders into the top ten this year.

With the retail industry seeing a boom, Badshah of Retail, Kishore Biyani had found his way to the top ten of the most admired B school leaders.

Other new names having a mention were Subroto Bagchi of MindTree Consulting, Air Deccan Managing Director GR Gopinath KV Kamath of ICICI and Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani.

Late Dirubhai Ambani takes the third slot followed by Ambani siblings Anil and Mukesh. Together the Ambanis logged seven per cent.

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji was behind them securing five per cent and in the same bracket were Vijay Mallya, and Kumaramangalam Birla.

Tatas were second among the most attractive company with nine per cent followed by Wipro, McKensey, ICICI (all three per cent), MindTree, Reliance, Hindustan Lever and ITC with two per cent.