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Ram Charan

  • Author of the #1 Business Best-Selling Book: "Execution" & 12 other books
  • World Recognized Business Keynote Speaker
  • Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age (2021)
  • The Amazon Management System: The Ultimate Digital Business Engine
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Keynote: $55,000 - $60,000
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Dallas, Texas

Ram Charan is a highly acclaimed business advisor, Texas business speaker and author.  Ram has coached some of the worlds’ most successful CEOs.  For 35 years, he has worked behind the scenes at companies like GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, Novartis, 3M and Verizon.  Ram started his business career as a teenager

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Ram Charan is a world-renowned business consultant, author and speaker who has spent the past 40 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including Toyota, Bank of America, Key Bank, ICICI Bank, Aditya Birla Group, Novartis, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, UST Global, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo), Humana, Matrix, Longfor and two of the four largest digital companies in China, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His 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.

Ram’s introduction to business came early 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 and soon after took a job in Australia. When his talent for business was discovered, Ram was encouraged to develop it. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar, then served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University before pursuing consulting full-time.

Ram’s work takes him around the globe non-stop and gives him an unparalleled, up-to-date insider view of how economies and leading companies operate. Through keen observation and analysis, he forms powerful insights that help business leaders face their toughest challenges in the areas of growth, talent development, corporate governance, and profitability.

His timely concrete advice is a powerful tool in navigating today’s uncertain business climate.

Former Chairman of GE Jack Welch says Ram “has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences,” while Ivan Seidenberg, the former CEO of Verizon, calls Ram his “secret weapon.”

Ram has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs. He reaches many more up-and-coming business leaders through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards, including the Bell Ringer award at GE’s famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. He was among BusinessWeek‘s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

Ram has authored over 30 books since 1998 that have sold over 4 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Three of his books were Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including Execution, which he coauthored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002, which spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.

Ram was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. He has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter. His book, Global Tilt is a guide to leading your business through the radical shift in economic power currently underway.

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Speaker Programs

Ram Charan's keynote presentations and executive leadership sessions can be customized for your organizational situations. He is known for his practical, real world perspective. His expertise runs deep in several areas of business.
Organic Growth
Succession & Leadership Pipeline
Discipline of Getting Things Done
Tools for Changing a Business Culture
Corporate Governance
Building Top Management Teams
Business Acumen
Culture of Innovation
Shaping Our Future: Manufacturing and Sustainability to a New Level in the Digital Age
Ram's 3 Trends for companies engaged in manufacturing or as a part of supply chain and logistics from plant to customer. 1) Building a profitable next level new company with a core digital engine that ...more
Ram's 3 Trends for companies engaged in manufacturing or as a part of supply chain and logistics from plant to customer. 1) Building a profitable next level new company with a core digital engine that drives speed and high-quality decision making, 2) Reconfigure geographical flow of supply chains; broad market trends around changes in supply chain and impacts of geopolitical tensions explained in the local/global configuration of supply chains. 3) The Sustainability & ESG (Environmental/Social/Governance) Acceleration; driving factors including Wall Street and Presidential agenda; the largest portion of improvement will be sought from supply chain, products will be redesigned (examples), and the effects on manufacturing right now; reaching total engagement from all of the c-suite, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics. ...less


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