Infy, Tata beat global majors to emerge as top brands in India

PTI New Delhi | Updated on June 21, 2011

IT giant Infosys and salt-to-software conglomerate Tata have emerged as the top 2 brands in India, beating global majors such as Google, Nokia and Facebook, in a new index.

According to TLG’s Index of emerging market ‘Thought Leaders’, seven out of the top ten brands in India were indigenous firms.

TLG, in partnership with international research consultancy firm GlobeScan, launched the index wherein government ministers, directors of blue chip companies and newspaper editors were asked to identify corporate brands with the power to change the attitudes and behaviour of consumers, employees or politicians — defined as “Thought Leaders“.

The list of top 20 firms was peppered with Indian brands including Larsen & Toubro (5th), State Bank of India (7th), Life Insurance Corporation of India (12th), Bharti Airtel (13th), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (14th), Aditya Birla Group (15th), The Oberoi Group (16th), HDFC Bank (17th), Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (18th) and Ranbaxy Laboratories (19th).

“... Absence of many ‘Western’ major brands from the top 20 may concern CEOs who are trying to crack the BRICs. They need to refocus their energies on telling their leadership story,” TLG Founder, Mr Malcolm Gooderham, said.

The Top 10 features two joint ventures between local and overseas companies. The joint ventures are Maruti-Suzuki (4th) and Hindustan Unilever (9th).

Commenting on the findings, GlobeScan Research Director, Mr Oliver Martin, said, “As the public’s faith in corporate leadership is declining in India, companies must excel in business innovation and progressive CSR to retain a Thought Leadership position.”

The top-ranked foreign firm is Google, which enters the index at number three, followed by Nokia at sixth rank and Facebook at eighth position.

Published on June 21, 2011

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