R Gopalakrishnan
 

 Mr. R Gopalakrishnan - Chairman

R. Gopalakrishnan (called Gopal) worked for his first 31 years in India’s most Indian multinational, Hindustan Unilever. Since then, he has worked for India’s most multinational Indian company – TATA.
Currently, he is the executive director of Tata Sons Ltd. He is also the chairman of Tata Autocomponent Systems Ltd., Rallis India Limited and Advinus Therapeutics Private Ltd., vice chairman of Tata Chemicals, and a director of Tata Power and Tata Technologies.
He also serves as an independent director on the boards of the Indian subsidiaries of Akzo Nobel and BP Castrol.
Gopal studied physics at Calcutta University and engineering at IIT. From 1967, he served Hindustan Unilever Ltd. for over three decades in various capacities. The appointments held by Gopal from 1990 onwards were: Chairman of Unilever Arabia (based in Jeddah), followed by Managing Director of Brooke Bond Lipton India (based in Bangalore), followed by Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever Limited.
He joined Tata Sons in September 1998 as Executive Director.
Gopal is involved with education through his board memberships of a school and two management institutes. He is a Past President of All India Management Association. He has delivered guest lectures in India and abroad. His articles have been published in management journals and financial newspapers.
In 2007, he authored his first book, THE CASE OF THE BONSAI MANAGER, published by Penguin India. In 2010, his second book entitled WHEN THE PENNY DROPS: learning what is not taught has been published by Penguin India.