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Ram Charan

Best-Selling Author and Expert on Business Strategy
  • MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School
  • Called a “secret weapon” by the former CEO of Verizon
  • Advises globalized business leaders through times of instability and crisis
  • Brings unique insight into international businesses and economies from his travels around the globe
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InnovationChange ManagementInternational BusinessLeadershipBusiness StrategyGrowth

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author, and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with top companies, CEOs, and boards. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast-changing environment to uncover the core business problem. 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.

Ram’s introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in a small town in northern India, where he was raised. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia. When his talent for business was discovered, Ram was encouraged to develop it. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar, then served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University before pursuing consulting full-time.

Ram’s work takes him around the globe non-stop and gives him an unparalleled, up-to-date insider view of how economies and leading companies operate. Through keen observation and analysis, he forms powerful insights that help business leaders face their toughest challenges in the areas of growth, talent development, corporate governance, and profitability. His timely concrete advice is a powerful tool in navigating today’s uncertain business climate. Former Chairman of GE Jack Welch says Ram “has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences,” while Ivan Seidenberg, the former CEO of Verizon, calls Ram his “secret weapon.”

Additionally, he has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs. He reaches many more 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. He was among Business Week's top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

Ram has authored 17 books since 1998 that have sold over two million copies in more than a dozen languages. Execution was a #1 Wall Street Journal best-seller and spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His book, Global Tilt, is a guide to leading your business through the radical shift in economic power currently underway. His latest, Boards that Lead, looks at how boards are taking a more active role in decisions that once belonged solely to the CEO – and the ramifications of this shift. He also has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Business Week, 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, and Fischer and Porter.

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