Ram Charan

Prolific business consultant, speaker, and writer.


Inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame, 2015.


Ranked #13 in 2009.

Previous positions:

#22 (2007), #24 (2005).


Named Global Indian of the Year by the Economic Times of India, 2010.


Self-styled confidant to some of America’s leading CEOs, Charan is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. Charan’s 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 – in areas such as growth, talent development, corporate governance, and moneymaking models for the digital age.


Charan was first introduced to business 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, then took a job in Australia. Charan went on to earn MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar and served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University before pursuing consulting full-time. Since 1998, Charan has authored more than 30 books. He was elected a distinguished fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. 


Every Business Is A Growth Business (with Noel Tichy, Crown Business, 1998); What The CEO Wants You To Know (Crown Business, 2001); Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done (with Larry Bossidy and Charles Burck, Crown Business, 2002); Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty (McGraw Hill, 2008); The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers, (with Bill Conaty, Crown Business, 2010); The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership-Powered Company (with Stephen Drotter and James Noel, Jossey-Bass, updated 2011); and The Attacker’s Advantage: Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities (Public Affairs, 2015).

NATIONALITY: Indian-American

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