In the two decades since its formation in 1984, Titan had a dream run, not only becoming the market leader in India but also securing a place among the world’s top five watchmakers. But with big global names fast encroaching on its home turf and the very idea of a watch mutating, the company now has to catch up.
Reliance’s refining and petrochem businesses are on a roll, but Jio, its much-anticipated 4G mobile service, has been beset with doubts. Can Ambani secure it—and his own reputation as the torchbearer of his father’s legacy?
You could call him a magician. Or you could call him a banker (of sorts). A music lover (“I love U2”). A startup whiz. Or just a successful entrepreneur who knows how to make people spend, and spend smart. Or, as most people do, call him Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of arguably the best-known digital wallet in the country, Paytm. We call him the face of the move of the year.
Maggi was Nestlé India’s biggest crisis, but the company is not out of the woods now that the instant noodles are back. New chairman and managing director Suresh Narayanan’s task is to put the sheen back on brand Nestlé.