Rizwan Sajan named ‘Visionary of the Year’ at first ever Indian CEO Awards

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Published February 16th, 2012 - 07:26 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of the Danube Group, leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, has been named ‘Visionary of the Year’ during the inaugural edition of the Indian CEO Awards held recently at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. The award was given to Sajan in recognition of his dynamic leadership and strong business acumen, strategic factors that have propelled the Danube group to success—from its humble beginnings as a small trading shop in Naif to what is now recognized as the Middle East region’s leading provider of building materials and home interior products. 

“It is both an honor and a humbling experience to be recognized as a visionary in the first edition of the Indian CEO Awards. The citation stands as a testament to the extreme dedication and commitment I have placed in making Danube a premier brand in building materials and home interiors,” said Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman, Danube. “This award has given me more confidence in aiming for more long term goals for the company while at the same time become an inspiration for fellow entrepreneurs who are now in the process of developing the roadmap of opportunities for their businesses. This recognition also affirms the advantage of having a vision for your business, putting out the strong message that setting long term goals pays off in the future.” 

The 1st Indian CEO Awards was organized by CEO Middle East magazine, a sister publication to Arabian Business. The inaugural event also featured a surprise ‘Trade Relations’ award for India’s Consular General Sanjay Verma. Other big winners of the night included EMKE Group founder Yusuffali MA (Lifetime Achievement Award), Standard Chartered boss V Shankar (Banking CEO of the Year), Apparel Group boss Nilesh Ved (Fastest Growing Company), Sarah Belhasa (Female CEO of the Year), Dr. BR Shetty (Healthcare CEO of the Year) and Nikai Group founder Paras Shahdadpuri (International Achievement).

Background Information


Established in the year 1993, Danube Group was founded and cultivated under the leadership of Rizwan Sajan, who is the known to be the Founder and Chairman of the Group. Starting off as a small trading firm, the company is moving from strength-to-strength, expanding its foothold in the region, and has established itself as the No. 1 building Materials Company along with other branches under its vast umbrella. In 2015, the company recorded a turnover of AED 5.14 billion and has been growing ever since. Moreover, Rizwan Sajan was ranked 12th among the ‘Top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE’ List by Forbes Middle East.

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