Ashok Sekhar Ganguly
Award Name : Padma Vibhushan
Year of Award : 2009
Award for : Business & management
Location : Patna, Bihar, India
Ashok Sekhar Ganguly is the former chairman of Hindustan Lever. He is an industry expert and a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha. He was born in in Patna, India on 28 July, 1935. He went to Master Tutorial High School in Mumbai and did his BSc from the Jaihind College in Mumbai. After completing his M.S in 1959, he pursued a Ph.D from the University of Illinois. He spent more than 35 years with Unilever PLC. From 1980 to 1990, he was the chairman of the company and from 1990 to 1997, he served as a member of the board. In fact, he has served as a board member in various other multinationals including ICI India, Wipro, British Airways, Hindustan Lever, Tata AIG Life Insurance Co. Firstsource Solutions and Hemogenomics. He was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan which is the second highest civilian award in the country for his contribution to public service. In November, 2009, he took oath as a Nominated member of the Rajya Sabha. Being a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry, he will serve a 6 year term. After he took the oath, he shook hands with the leaders of the different political parties as well as the Chairman, Hamid Ansari. Since November 2002, he has been a director of the Central Board of Reserve Bank in India. Other organizations and committees that he is member of include India-USE CEO Committee and the Investment Commission.