Mumbai: Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. has been recognised with the “Outstanding Entrepreneur Award” for showing exceptional persistence, resolution and courage in leading Blue Dart, especially during the recent downturn in the Indian business scenario. The award was conferred at the Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2009 India in a glittering ceremony at Grand Hyatt in Mumbai yesterday.First held in Malaysia, The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards recognises business leaders for outstanding entrepreneurship as judged by an independent jury. These Awards are accorded to the exemplary few who have shown outstanding performance in the communication of their visions, brands and strategies. The objective is to enhance the awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship amongst the general public and in turn, stimulate the growth of brands and enterprises both locally and regionally. Started as an initiative to identify and recognise outstanding entrepreneurship, the APEA have now evolved into a credible, highly desired award in Asia Pacific.
Since taking over as the Managing Director of Blue Dart in 2007, Anil Khanna has led the organization successfully with a clear strategic vision, focus on customers, customized value propositions and cost rationalization, thereby consolidating Blue Dart’s leadership position and ensuring short-term profitability in the backdrop of long term business sustainable plans. Under Anil's leadership, Blue Dart has broadened its strategic focus from being an air express company since inception to providing time definite, priority, deferred as well as industry specific solutions in air and ground express segments. Today, Blue Dart is one of the most admired business organisations in the country with its unparalleled performance.
Anil is a passionate believer in the ‘People-First’ philosophy, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and empowerment. He has given shape to two major quality initiatives in Blue Dart – First Choice & Net Promoter Approach (NPA) that has brought in global standards of service excellence for the industry. Anil also believes that business thrives where the society does; he has been constantly encouraging various Corporate Responsibility Initiatives at Blue Dart, by himself participating and being a part of them. Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express on receiving the award said, “I am very pleased to be recognised with such a great honour. I would like to share this award with all our employees, customers and service partners who help us run the show. This award not only reinforces our commitment to continue satisfying customer requirements but also encourages us to deliver way beyond their expectations. We remain dedicated to our vision of ‘being the best and setting the pace’ and delivering growth for Indian businesses.”