R Gopalakrishnan

Eminent Corporate Advisor | Thought Leader | Author


Mr Gopalkrishnan possesses over 50 years of corporate leadership experience; out of which, he has been serving TATA Sons  as their Managing Director for over 19 years now. 

R Gopalakrishnan studied physics at Kolkata University, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a professional manager from 1967. 

He remains a top selling author of books like A Biography of Innovations, A Comma in a sentence, Six Lenses. Apart from that, he has been a columnist and continues to write every month for financial papers.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

R Gopalakrishnan has been a newspaper columnist and continues to write every month for financial papers. He has also authored seventeen books since 2007, out of which six books are his best sellers; the titles of which are :


  • A Biography of Innovations 
  • The case of the bonsai manager 
  • When the penny drops
  • What the CEO really wants from you
  • A comma in a sentence 
  • Six lenses

He was awarded the ‘Management Man of the Year Award’ 2003  by Bombay Management Association (BMA).


R Gopalakrishnan is an international speaker and is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. Over the last few years, he has spoken at conferences, both internationally and in India.

Apart from being a popular international speaker, he also conducts training master-classes in  innovative and effective topics like Reflective leadership, Putting humans back into relationships, Manager to transformers, Innovation – barriers and triggers. 

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