Gautam Thapar is Chairman & CEO of India’s foremost diversified corporation, the Avantha Group. With revenues in excess of US$ 3 bn, the Group is highly diversified with interests in paper, food process, electrical engineering, building materials etc. 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 Group’s manufacturing companies. Gautam became Group Chairman on 1st July 2006. He sits on the boards of various companies in India and overseas, and is one of India’s youngest and brightest global business leaders.
He is the President of Thapar University, one of the top fifteen technical schools in India. He is the Vice Chairman of The Aspen Institute India, which encourages the internationalisation of India’s business, political and cultural leadership. He also takes an avid interest in promoting the game of golf.
Gautam is married to Stephanie and they have four children.