US India trade body honours Shobhana Bhartia, Indra Nooyi

Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director of HT Media and Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, have been presented US-India Business Council’s (USIBC) prestigious Global Leadership Awards.

The two were honoured by the largest bilateral US trade association made up of 300 top US and Indian companies, Monday for their contributions and commitment to driving a more inclusive global economy and for their roles as women leaders.

The awardees were introduced at the annual USIBC Leadership summit by Purna Saggurti, Chairman Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch who also serves as one of USIBC’s board of directors.

“These extraordinary leaders have made a lasting impact on their industries and on US-India relations,” said Saggurti. “They have been a true inspiration to business and leaders across the globe and have raised the bar for all of us.”

“As the representative of a media group that realises the importance of looking at both India Shining, and the Other India to get a real picture of what is happening in our country, and as a woman leader in a nation where women are finally coming into their own, I am delighted to receive this award,” said Bhartia.

“Our two countries, both democracies, have a strong and free media and I see increasing opportunities for collaboration as media and technology companies from India and the US navigate the evolving digital landscape,” she said.

“The USIBC plays a critically important role in strengthening the relationship between two great nations,” said Indra Nooyi.

“There are tremendous opportunities ahead to work together in new ways that capitalize on our collective strengths and pave the way to shared prosperity for our countries, our companies and our citizens.”

Noted Indian-American artist, Natvar Bhavasr who is known for his abstract expressionism and “colour-field” painting was awarded the Artistic Achievement Award.

“My work aims to transcend boundaries and I am honoured to receive this award that recognizes my Indian roots and my training in arts that took place in the United States,” he said.

“I would not be the artist I am today had it not been for the inspirations that have guided me in my absorbing the gifts offered by both cultures, my birthplace India and my half a century’s participation in the creative life of New York City,” Bhavsar added.

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