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Ram Charan

Dallas, USA
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World-renowned Business Advisor

Author of best-seller, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done (2002)

Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources

Ram Charan is a highly sought after business advisor and speaker, famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than thirty-five years, Ram has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world’s most successful companies, including GE, Verizon, Novartis, Dupont, Thomson Corporation, Honeywell, KLM, Bank of America and MeadWestvaco.

Identified by Fortune as the leading expert in corporate governance, Ram is helping boards go beyond the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley and the New York Stock Exchange by providing practical ways to improve their group dynamics. Boards, CEOs and senior-most human resource executives often seek his advice on talent planning and key hires.

Many people have come to know Ram through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards. He won 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.

Over the past decade, Charan has captured his business insights in numerous books and articles. In the past five years, Charan’s books have sold more than 2 million copies. These include the best-seller “Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done” (Random House Business Books, 2002) and “Confronting Reality” (Crown Business, 2004), both co-authored with Larry Bossidy, and “What the CEO Wants You to Know” ( Crown Business, 2001). His latest book is entitled “Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way” (Harvard Business Review, 2013). A frequent contributor to Fortune, Ram has written two cover stories, Why CEOs Fail and Why Companies Fail. His other articles have appeared in The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Director’s Monthly and Strategy and Business.

Ram has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance and was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He is on the board of Austin Industries and Tyco Electronics.

Our Comment

"Ram is well known for providing advice that is down to earth and relevant and that takes into account the real-world complexities of business. Drawing on this experience, Ram has become one of the most popular business speakers in the world, speaking to distinguished audiences in a variety of venues. With an authoritative voice, he is praised for being practical, entertaining, relevant and highly actionable—the kind of advice you can use Monday morning."

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