Chairman of Wipro Azim Premji was awarded Swiss Ambassador's Award in Mumbai on 3 December 2014. He was awarded for inspirational and socially responsible leadership.
Switzerland ambassador Linus von Castelmur praised Azim Premji as a beacon of the corporate world who has maintained values such as tolerance, honesty and modesty.
About Swiss Ambassador's Award
Swiss Ambassador's Award was constituted in 2010. The award recognises individuals who have contributed to the promotion of Indo-Swiss relations or have stood out for their exceptional role in society and industry.
In past, the award has been conferred on Yash Chopra director – producer of Bollywood; Ratan Tata Chairman-Emeritus of Tata Sons; Glenn Saldanha CMD of Glenmark Generics Limited and RV Kanoria, Chief Managing Director of Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Ltd.
Wipro was established in 1945 as Western India Vegetable Products Limited in Maharashtra. Later it ventured into the fledgling IT industry in 1981.
Wipro started operations in Switzerland in 1999 and at present the company counts over 60 percent of the Swiss-headquartered blue chip companies as its customers and partners. Wipro is located at Zurich, Basel and Geneva in Switzerland.