Ram Charan

Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author, and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time.

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 Groupo 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—the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.

Charan’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, Charan 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.

Charan’s work takes him around the globe nonstop and gives him an unparalleled, up-to-date insider view on 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 Charan “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 Charan his “secret weapon.” 

Charan 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 Businessweek’s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

Charan has authored 15 books since 1998 that have sold over two million copies in more than a dozen languages.


Execution, which he co-authored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002, was a #1Wall Street Journal bestseller and spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. He has also written for such publications as Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Businessweek, Time, Chief Executive, and USA Today.


Charan was elected a distinguished fellow at the National Academy of Human Resources and has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. He has served on the boards of Hildalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter. His newest book, Global Tilt (Crown, February 2013), is a guide to leading your business through the radical shift in economic power currently underway.

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The American Society for Training and Development Workplace and Learning Performance Award (2010)

Economic Times Magazine of India - Indian of the Year (2010)

Business Week – Top 10 in-house executive development programs

Fortune – “Leading expert in corporate governance”


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