"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, DuPont, Novartis, Pharmacia, Warner Lambert, Duke Energy, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Schering-Plough, Smith-Kline and Verizon.
Ram started his business career as a teenager working in the family shoe 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 is known for his practical, real world perspective. His expertise runs deep in several areas of business:
* Profitable Growth * Business Acumen
* Leadership * Tools for Changing a Social System
* Corporate Governance * Global Matrix Organization
* Execution: Discipline of Getting Things Done * Innovation
* Succession & Leadership Pipeline * Building Top Management Teams
Ram is a favorite among executive educators. He won the Bell Ringer (best teacher) award at GE?s famous Crotonville Institute. He won the Best Teacher Award at Wharton and Northwestern. He was among Business Week?s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.
Ram is a well-known author, whose books include Execution, written with Larry Bossidy, the former CEO of Honeywell. Execution reached number one on the Wall Street Journal list, and has been on the New York Time?s best-seller list for more than fifty weeks. Ram's other books include What the CEO Wants You to Know, Boards at Work, and Every Business Is a Growth Business. He also tailors his books for specific client companies such as Gateway, Ford and EDS. His new book Profitable Growth was released January 2004.
He's 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 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 also serves on the National Association of Corporate Directors? Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. Ram is based in Dallas, Texas."