Gautam Thapar is Founder and Chairman of the Avantha Group, a diversified multinational conglomerate with interests in engineering, pulp & paper, energy and life insurance.
After studying chemical engineering in the U.S.A., Gautam returned to India and started his career as a factory assistant. He rose steadily and steered the organization through a strategic and visionary turnaround, involving resilience and restructuring. Gautam became Group Chairman in 2006. In 2008, he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Manufacturing.
Gautam is widely recognized for his thoughts on business, education and leadership development.
He has the distinction of being the first businessman to be appointed to the National Security Advisory Board, the Government of India's highest security organization. Gautam takes his social responsibilities seriously and has served as the Founder or Director of numerous philanthropic organizations and trusts. He is a former Chairman of The Ananta Aspen Centre, Chairman of the CII-Avantha Center for Competitiveness for SMEs and past President of All India Management Association (AIMA). He is an AIMA Honorary Life Fellow and a Fellow of King's College, London.
List of Affiliated Organizations:
Founder & Chairman - The Avantha Group | Board Member - National Security Advisory Board | President - Thapar University | Chairman - CII-Avantha Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs | Founding trustee - Council on Energy, Environment & Water (CEEW) | President - Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) | Chairman - The Indian Public Schools Society | Chairman - The Avantha Foundation | Senior Advisory Council - The King's India Institute, King's College, London, UK.
List of organizations in which Mr. Gautam Thapar, Founder & Chairman, is associated:
The Doon School | National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) | Chairman - The Indian Public Schools