Founder and Chairman
Gautam Thapar is Founder and Chairman of India's foremost
diversified corporation, the Avantha Group.
Gautam began his education at the prestigious Doon
School, where he imbibed a liberal education based on
the ideals of secularism, discipline and equality. After
studying chemical engineering in the U.S.A., he returned
to India and started his career as a factory assistant
in one of the organisation's manufacturing companies. He
rose steadily and steered the organisation through a
strategic and visionary turnaround, involving resilience
and restructuring, ensuring that the Group attained
dominant status in key operating sectors. Gautam became
Group Chairman on 1st July 2006. He sits on the boards
of various companies in India and overseas. In 2008,
Gautam received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the
Year Award for Manufacturing.
One of India's youngest and brightest global business
leaders, Gautam is widely recognised and acknowledged
for his thought leadership. He has been appointed Board
Member of the National Security Advisory Board, a key
component of the National Security Council of India, the
apex agency looking into the nation’s political,
economic, energy and strategic security concerns.
Keen on giving back to society, Gautam takes his social responsibilities very seriously. This is manifested in his involvement across three sectors: education, leadership development and sports. He is President of Thapar University, one of the top ten technical schools in India, and Chairman of the Board of Governors, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE). He is Chairman of The Aspen Institute India, which aims to internationalize India's business, political and cultural leadership, Chairman of the CII-Avantha Center for Competitiveness for SMEs, and is Past President of All India Management Association (AIMA), the apex body of professional management in India. He also takes an avid interest in promoting golf, and is President of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI). In July 2013, King's College, London conferred an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of Gautam's 'exceptional achievements in the fields of industry and philanthropy'.