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How these business leaders transformed key industries while staying away from the limelight

There is a long list of industrialists and entrepreneurs in India, who are famous among the people. Some are known for their association with certain brands, while others have created their own legacy. However, there are many other business leaders, who work away from the public glare. These ‘unsung heroes’ often play a huge role in changing the face of industries, while staying away from the limelight.

Here are some of the industrialists and entrepreneurs who’ve revolutionized certain sectors without much noise and limelight:

Pawan Kumar Ruia

The first in the list is Pawan Kumar Ruia, Chairman of Ruia Group. He is one of the few business giants, who have made a huge impact on certain industries almost single-handedly. Pawan Ruia began his journey in a charted accountancy firm, before establishing Ruia Cotex, a textile manufacturing firm. He made a big decision by acquiring the ailing Jessop and Company, a 220 year old engineering company. He turned the company around, which gradually took decent strides in the field of heavy engineering.

The journey of Pawan Ruia only got better when he decided to take over two of the biggest names in the tyre industry. He acquired Dunlop tyres and Falcon tyres at a time when these firms were going through a tough time. Today, people know about all these brands, but hardly know about the story of excellence, vision and determination of the mastermind behind the success of these firms.

Chanda Kochhar

The youngest CEO to head ICICI brand, the second largest lender in India, Chanda Kochhar has never strived for attention. She joined the Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (ICICI) as a management trainee, before handling the project appraisal and monitoring. She also evaluated projects in industries, such as textile, paper and cement.

Kochhar was instrumental in establishing ICICI bank during the 1990s. She was one off the core members, who played a key role in setting up the bank.

Keshav V Pendharkar

Keshav V Pendharkar is the founder of VICCO Groups. The company is well-known for its organic and natural products. Founded in 1952, VICCO became one of the most trusted brands in India. It was ranked 170th on the list of most trusted brands in India in 2014.

Over the years, VICCO Group has emerged as the manufacturer of the best internationally known products of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of natural medicines. However, the name of Keshav V Pendharkar is hardly known to the masses.

Radhika Ghai Aggarwal

The co-founder of ShopClues, Radhika Ghai Aggarwal is the driving force behind the brand’s go-to-market initiatives. She has shepherded the company to new heights in less than half a decade. Today, ShopClues is a household name in India.

Radhika has a rich experience across diverse industry segments, having worked for Goldman Sachs in wealth management and Nordstrom in the strategy planning department.

K.M Mammen Mappillai

Heading a well-established and the fast-growing tyre firm, Madra Ruber Factory (MRF), KM Mammen Mappillai always worked away from the public glare. The cricket accessories of MRF were endorsed by Sachin Tendulkar during his hey days. Mappillai was awarded the Padma Shri in 1992 for his contribution to the rubber industry.

This was the list of some of the industry leaders who’re hardly known to the public. However, their habit of eluding the fame takes nothing away from their contribution to transform key industries in the best possible way.

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