Mr R Gopalakrishnan has been a corporate leader for 50 years. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as MD of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, as Director of Tata Sons and several Tata companies. He serves as an independent director and non-executive chairman of Castrol India and also as an independent director of Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka.
Mr Gopalakrishnan has been a newspaper columnist and continues to write every month for financial papers. He has also authored nine books since 2007. He is an international speaker and speaks extensively in India. He is actively engaged in both instructional & inspirational speaking.
Mr Gopalakrishnan serves as Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur and as Executive-in-residence at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research.
Mr Gopalakrishnan studied physics at Kolkata University, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.