Rajesh Somani, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of SWISS SINGAPORE OVERSEAS ENTERPRISES PTE LTD (SSOE), an International Trading Company of Aditya Birla Group (ABG) has been given the most prestigious award for entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific region for outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial excellence in the field of Trading & Wholesaling Industry by APEA (Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award) in New-Delhi on 13th April, 2018. It was the 9th edition of APEA.
Chief guest of the Event was state External Affair Minister, Mr. V. K. Singh of Govt. of India, and presided by Mr. Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, former Minister of Human Resources of Malaysia, Chairman, Enterprises Asia. There were total 22 recipients of the award this year including Mr. Ajay Piramal, Chairman of Piramal Group, Mr. Shekhar Bajaj, Chairman and MD of Bajaj Electricals Limited, Mr. Saket Jindal, MD of Maharashtra Seamless Ltd, and Mrs Amisha Vora, Joint Managing Director of Prabhudas Liladhar Pvt Ltd.
Asia Enterprises is a leading Non-Governmental Organization in pursuit of entrepreneurship development across the region, striving to promote fair opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs. Founded by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs, the organization is supported by a panel of prominent industry and government leaders who truly believe in the mission of championing entrepreneurship in Asia. The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award was launched in the year 2007.
Rajesh Somani has been with SSOE since 25 years. SSOE has offices in 18 countries with total revenue in excess of USD 5000 Million (about INR 32000 Cr). When he joined SSOE in 1993, its revenue was less than USD 50 Million. Under his leadership SSOE performed all the years with positive Balance Sheet and continuous growth. Today SSOE has business with more than 70 countries with Global footprint in Sulphur, Coal, Fertilizers, Tea, Iron Ore and Beans & Pulses with total volume of about 35 Million Ton. Apart from hiring 350 – 375 vessels on Voyage and Time Charters yearly, SSOE now owns two Supramax Vessels in their Portfolio. SSOE is well known in the international commodity market for their commitment and fair business practices.
Rajesh Somani is a B.Com, FCA, ACS and AMP (HBS) and native of Pali (Rajasthan). He has done his graduation from Govt. Bangur College, Pali, University of Rajasthan, Chartered Accountancy from ICAI, New Delhi, Company Secretaries from ICSI, New Delhi and Advance Management Program from Harvard Business School, Boston (USA). He is a Harvard Alumnus since 2009 and recipient of Outstanding Leadership Award from ABG Chairman, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla in 2009. He actively participates in social activities and have travelled widely in the world. He is married to Varsha Somani, BA, LLB and have been blessed with a daughter Garveeta, B.Com, ACA and a son Vikram, B.Com, Master in Global Business.
Mr. Rajesh Somani, MD & CEO of Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises (SSOE) with the APEA award in Trading and Wholesaling Category
Certificate of Achievement awarded to Mr. Rajesh Somani, MD & CEO of Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises (SSOE) in the Trading & Wholesaling category
General V. K. Singh, External Affairs Minister of India and Mr. Rajesh Somani, MD & CEO of Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises (SSOE)
Mr. Shekhar Bajaj, Chairman & MD of Bajaj Electricals Limited & Mr. Rajesh Somani, MD & CEO of Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises (SSOE)
APEA 2018 award winners in various categories