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Ram Charan

Executive Advisor

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 40 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including Bank of America, Novartis, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, UST Global, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo), Longfor and two of the four largest digital companies in China, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover core business problems.

His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable — the kind of advice you can use Monday morning. Jack Welch, former Chairman of GE said, “He has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it to others in a quiet, effective way.”

Ram has coached more than a dozen leaders who have gone on to become CEOs, and he reaches several up and coming business leaders through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards, including the Bell Ringer award at GE’s famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. Ram has authored or coauthored over 29 books since 1998 that have sold over 2 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Three of his books were Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including Execution (coauthored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002), which spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.

Ram was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. He has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar.

Alumni Banaras Hindu University, Harvard Business School
Awards Bell Ringer, BusinessWeek‘s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs, Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources
Degree BS, MBA, doctorate
Affiliated Organizations Hindalco, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, Fischer and Porter
Contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive, USA TODAY
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