Dr Diwan Rahul Nanda was presented the award in the presence of a host of MP’s, dignitaries, industry leaders, celebrities and VIP’s in attendance. Award winners were selected by an independent panel of eminent advisors, including previous award winners such as Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer Lord Karan Bilimoria; Baroness Shreela Flather; and Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP.
Dr. Diwan Rahul Nanda is by far acknowledged as the pioneer and the most prominent spokesperson of the burgeoning security industry in India. What started off as a sick company with revenues of £30,000 pa and 8 customers is today under Dr. Diwan Rahul Nanda’s dynamic vision, India’s largest security group with revenues in excess of £150 million, 93000 employees, 120 offices and approximately 8000 customers. He took over the reins of TOPSGRUP at the age of 22, when security was treated as expenditure and the Indian security industry was in its nascent stages, re-writing the rules for the security business not only for TOPSGRUP, but for the entire Indian Security Industry at large.
The multi award-winning TOPSGRUP has also embarked on a global leadership mission with a vision to become the number one brand in the global security space and a US$ 10 billion security group by 2020. As part of the company’s international strategy, in 2008 TOPSGRUP acquired a 51 percent controlling interest in Great Britain’s 10th largest security group ‘The Shield Guarding Company Limited’, a $121 million security services provider with esteemed clients such as Walt Disney, Nokia, Master Foods and Porsche, employing just under 3000 staff members and operating out of 7 offices in the UK. The takeover was a historic feat, as it not only solidified TOPSGRUP’s position in the West but also represented the first ever overseas acquisition by an Indian Security Company, and that too in one of the world’s mature security markets.
Since the acquisition by TOPSGRUP, ‘The Shield Guarding Company Limited’ was awarded the ‘Security Guarding Company of the Year’ Award at the Security Excellence Awards 2009 (UK) and ‘Security Partnering Initiative of the Year’ and ‘Contract Manager of the year’ Award at Security Excellence Awards 2011 (UK). The convergence of the two award-wining security companies has sealed TOPSGRUP’s market-leader status and it is poised to further reaffirm its credibility and raise the bar in global standards of performance and service.
In speaking about the Asian Who’s Who award accolade, Dr Diwan Rahul Nanda said, “I would like to thank Asian Who’s Who and the panel of judges for this truly humbling accolade. In addition, I would like to thank our 93,000 employees, 8,000 customers, my family and friends for believing in me and my global vision to make TOPSGRUP one of the largest and most reputed security companies in the world. TOPSGRUP is committed to giving back to society in whichever way we can and giving people the kind of opportunities I was lucky enough to have myself in life. The greatest award I have received is the blessings of the thousands of people whose lives have been touched by TOPSGRUP in some way or other. It is the Asian community in which I have always been a part of that has instilled in me a value system that advocates helping others, doing good and showing gratitude every day. I am so proud of my Asian heritage, to which I attribute the success of TOPSGRUP today and to be recognised by Asian Who’s Who in this way makes me truly proud.”
The prestigious Asian Who’s Who Awards were presented to coincide with the launch of the annual publication of the Asian Who’s Who International, featuring the world’s most inspiring and respected Asian personalities across a host of fields and professions. With the first edition published in 1975, the now annual directory features the biggest and brightest Asian talents and charts the ascent of the community as it continues to provide shining role models to new generations of Asians who are proving themselves to be assets to their country of residence.
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