Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly acclaimed business advisor, speaker and author. Ram has coached some of the world’s most successful CEOs. For 35 years, he has worked behind the scenes at companies like GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, Home Depot and Verizon.

Ram started his business career as a teenager working in the family shop in India. He went on to earn an engineering degree and then MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School. He graduated from Harvard with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar. He then served on the Harvard Business School faculty.

Ram Charan is known for his practical, real world perspective. His expertise runs deep in several areas of business:

  • Profitable Growth
  • Leadership
  • Corporate Governance
  • Execution: Discipline of Getting Things Done
  • Succession & Leadership Pipeline
  • Business Acumen
  • Tools for Changing a Social System
  • Global Matrix Organization
  • Innovation
  • Building Top Management Teams


Ram is a favorite among executive directors. He won the Bell Ringer (best teacher) award at GE’s famous Crotonville Institute. He won the Best Teacher Award at Wharton and Northwestern. Ram Charan was among Business Week’s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

Ram is a well-known author, whose books include “Execution and Confronting Reality”, written with Larry Bossidy, the former CEO of Honeywell. “Confronting Reality” was released in October 2004. “Execution” reached number one on the Wall Street Journal list and has been on the New York Times’ best-seller list for more than fifty weeks. Ram’s other books include “Boards that Deliver”, “What the CEO Wants You to Know”, “Boards at Work”, “Every Business is a Growth Business and Profitable Growth”. He also tailors his books for specific client companies such as Gateway, Ford and EDS.

Ram Charan has written articles for the Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Time, Information Week, Leader to Leader, Director’s Monthly, Directorship, The Corporate Board and USA Today.

Ram Charan is a director of Austin Industries and The Six Sigma Academy. He was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He serves as a co-host for the Fortune Forum on Corporate Governance and serves on the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. Ram is based in Dallas, Texas.


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