Speaker 2014 Annual Meeting
Chairman & CEO, Avantha Group
Born in 1960, Gautam Thapar was educated at the Doon School in India, and studied chemical engineering in the USA. Upon returning to India, he worked as a factory assistant in one of his family-owned manufacturing companies. He rose steadily and steered the organisation through a strategic and visionary turnaround. Gautam became Group Chairman in 2006, and the conglomerate was rebranded as Avantha in 2007. With a global footprint in over 20 countries, Avantha today has business interests in diverse areas, including pulp & paper, power transmission & distribution equipment and services, food processing, farm forestry, chemicals, energy, infrastructure, information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services. Gautam passionately promotes education, leadership development and sports. He is President of Thapar University, Chairman of the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Chairman of The Aspen Institute India, Chairman of the CII-Avantha Center for Competitiveness for SMEs and President of the Professional Golf Tour of India. He is a Member of the National Security Advisory Board. One of India’s youngest and brightest global business leaders, Gautam received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Manufacturing in 2008.