Bengaluru, Nov 22 : Software major Wipro's Founder Chairman Azim Premji was conferred with the Madras Management Association - Amalgamations Business Leadership award 2019, by the Chennai-based professional association for building a business with integrity and ethics to make it a global IT powerhouse, said an official on Friday.

"Premji has put India on the world map as a software nation, being a nation builder and making yeomen contribution to business, industry and society," said Amalgamations chairman A. Krishnamoorthy on the occasion in Chennai on Thursday.

In the ceremony, former ICICI Bank chairman N. Vaghul and Kirloskar Systems Chairman and Managing Director Vikram S. Kirloskar reminisced experiences and anecdotes on Premji.

They applauded Premji's entrepreneurial journey, for transforming an edible oil producer into a global IT giant.

AMMA - Amalgamations Business Leadership Award was instituted in 1969 by former Amalgamations Group chairman A. Sivasailam in memory of his father S. Anantharamakrishnan.

Amalgamations Group is an engineering conglomerate with interests in manufacturing, trading and distribution, plantations and services.

MMA is a professional association of management executives, established in 1956 to synthesise Indian ethos with international management thought among others.

The jury to zero in on the leadership award winner included industry veterans such as Ratan Tata, Arundathi Bhattacharya, M.M. Murugappan and Sunil Kant Munjal.

The event culminated with Premji speaking on the topic 'Leading a young and digital India'.

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